Rhinos re-sign Smith

Rochester Rhinos News Release – www.rhinossoccer.com

Thursday, December 18, 2008

ROCHESTER, NY — Rochester Rhinos President Matthew Ford announced that the club has re-signed defender Ross Smith to a one year deal for the 2009 season. The deal is subject to USL and USSF approval.

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Smith joined Rochester midseason last year (20 Toe Photo)Smith, a Canadian born defender played the latter half of the 2008 season with the Rhinos and bolstered the defense with many stellar performances. Smith accumulated almost 1300 minutes with the Rhinos in 2008, scoring two goals in the process. Prior to joining the Rhinos, Smith had been playing with Dagenham and Redbridge F.C. in England’s Second Division where he represented the club in England’s prestigious FA Cup.

His European experience also includes time with Montrose, a Scottish semi-professional club, and Ebbsfleet United, which plays its games in the English Conference National.

Additionally, Smith had a four-year stint with the University of Rhode Island.

“It’s great to have Ross back in a Rhinos Shirt,” said Rhinos President and General Manager Matthew Ford. “He brought a new dimension to our team with his aerial prowess on defense and on offense and we’re confident he’ll play a big role in our success in 2009.

Whitecaps career ends for Jordan
2005 USL-1 MVP considering retirement

Vancouver Whitecaps News Release – www.whitecapsfc.com

Friday, December 19, 2008

VANCOUVER, BC — Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that they will not exercise the 2009 contract option on veteran striker Jason Jordan. Jordan, 30-years-old, leaves the Whitecaps after 12 consecutive seasons, having played his entire professional career with the club.

Jordan originally signed with Vancouver at age 18 (Josh Devins)Born in Vancouver, BC, and raised in Richmond, BC, Jordan sits second all-time behind legendary striker Domenic Mobilio for most career points in club history with 201. He was also a member of both the 2006 and 2008 United Soccer Leagues First Division (USL-1) championship teams.

«Jason is the type of forward that has an uncanny knack for not needing a lot of chances to score goals,» said Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi. «His speed and trickery meant he could make the most of any scoring chance in a match. The Whitecaps have been the beneficiary of those abilities for the past 12 seasons and we want to thank Jason for the contribution he made to the club during that time.»

Jordan started his professional career when he joined the Whitecaps as an 18-year-old free agent in April 1997. By 2002, the goalscorer had attracted interest from Major League Soccer clubs Colorado Rapids and San Jose Earthquakes. Although he was offered a contract to join Colorado during the 2002 MLS season, the forward opted to stay at home and remain a member of the Whitecaps.

After scoring his 50th career goal during the 2004 campaign, the striker went on to have his most productive offensive season in 2005. He claimed the USL-1 Most Valuable Player award and a place on the All-League First Team after scoring a league-leading 17 goals and 37 points. Jordan’s efforts that season also earned him the Whitecaps UMBRO Player of the Year award in media voting, while he became the first recipient of the Domenic Mobilio Golden Boot award as the club’s top goalscorer that year. His Whitecaps stats have him third all-time in goals with 78, first all-time in assists with 45, fifth all-time in games played with 257, and seventh all-time in minutes played with 17,070.

The goalscorer has also enjoyed a notable youth international career with Canada. In 1997, Jordan was a member of the Canadian team that reached the knockout stages of FIFA U-20 World Cup in Malaysia, while in 1999, the forward helped the Canadian U-23 Olympic team to a fourth-place finish at XIII Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

«I want to thank Whitecaps owner Greg Kerfoot for all that he has done for the club, the city, and the game of soccer in Canada,» Jordan said upon his departure from the Whitecaps. «His involvement allowed me to become a better player and a better person. I also want to thank my family and friends, as well as the fans, for the great support they have given me over the last 12 years.»

Whitecaps 2009 season tickets are now on sale. Season tickets include all men’s and women’s team regular season and playoff home matches at Swangard Stadium, Nutrilite Canadian Championship home matches against Toronto FC and Montreal Impact, as well as priority listing for BC Place and the proposed Whitecaps Waterfront Stadium. For more information on the 2009 season ticket packages, call 604.669.WAVE (9283) or visit whitecapsfc.com.

Whitecaps re-sign Charles, Martin
Club exercises options for the 2009 campaign

Vancouver Whitecaps News Release – www.whitecapsfc.com

Thursday, December 18, 2008

VANCOUVER, BC — Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that they have exercised the contract options of defenders Wesley Charles, and Lyle Martin for the 2009 season.

Both played crucial roles in leading the men’s team to the 2008 United Soccer Leagues First Division (USL-1) championship title. Charles is returning for a second season, while Martin will be entering his third year as a member of the Whitecaps.

Club exercises options for the 2009 campaignCharles, 33-years-old, earned a place in the USL-1 All-League Second Team after making a significant impact at centre back during the second half of the season. The defender, who has 93 caps as a member of the Saint Vincent & the Grenadines national team, joined the ‘Caps on July 11 after impressing head coach Teitur Thordarson during FIFA World Cup qualifying versus Canada back in June.

A veteran of the League of Ireland and Russian club FC Rostov, Charles started all but one of his 18 appearances for 1,490 minutes. This included five starts during the club’s playoff run this past autumn. The Caribbean native also recorded an assist during the 3-2 away defeat to Atlanta on August 5.

Martin, 23, made great strides in his second season as a professional. The Bakersfield, California, native started all but two of the 33 matches he appeared in during the 2008 campaign. This included starts in all four Nutrilite Canadian Championship contests and five starts in the club’s successful playoff run.

A free agent signing with Vancouver on March 26, 2007, Martin has made 57 appearances for a total of 4,480 minutes in two seasons with the club. The California State University – Bakersfield product scored his first goal for the ‘Caps on August 27 when he struck the match-winner in a 2-0 defeat of Atlanta Silverbacks at Swangard Stadium. In his rookie season in 2007, Martin’s performances earned him the Whitecaps Newcomer of the Year award.

Whitecaps 2009 season tickets are now on sale. Season tickets include all men’s and women’s team regular season and playoff home matches at Swangard Stadium, Nutrilite Canadian Championship home matches against Toronto FC and Montreal Impact, as well as priority listing for BC Place and the proposed Whitecaps Waterfront Stadium. For more information on the 2009 season ticket packages, call 604.669.WAVE (9283) or visit whitecapsfc.com.

Jordan re-signs with Montreal
Impact MVP inks up through 2010

Montreal Impact News Release – www.montrealimpact.com

Thursday, December 18, 2008

MONTREAL, QC — The Montreal Impact announced that its Most Valuable Player in 2008, goalkeeper Matt Jordan, signed a new deal for the next two seasons, pending the league’s approval.

Jordan heads into third season in Montreal (Pepe)«My family and I are happy to be returning to Montreal,» said Matt Jordan. «This is a decision that we have put a lot of thought into. I feel very good about the team we have in place and the coaching staff’s vision for the future. I firmly believe that Montreal has the potential to be one of the best soccer markets in North America. I know the Impact is committed to doing things the right way as we move forward. In saying that, we all know that we have a lot of hard work ahead of us and we look forward to the challenges.»

Jordan, a 33-year-old American, played the last two seasons with the Impact, after playing eight seasons in the Major League Soccer (MLS). In 2008, he received the Giuseppe-Saputo Trophy, after finishing the season first in the USL First Division with an average of 0.760. In 25 regular season games, he recorded 10 wins and nine shutouts, while being the most active Impact player during the season with 2,250 minutes of play. He was also finalist for the Goalkeeper of the Year title in the league and was named to the second all-star team of the USL-1.

Besides the regular season he received the Most Valuable Player honour in the Nutrilite Canadian Championship, after conceding only two goals in four games. Then in seven games played during the CONCACAF Champions League, he only conceded three goals and recorded four shutouts.

After only two seasons in Montreal, Jordan is already third among goalkeepers in club history with 20 shutouts and is fourth with 20 wins.

“It was crucial for us to have Matt back with the team,” said Impact technical director Nick De Santis. “He played a major role in our successes in the last season, notably in the CONCACAF Champions League. He is an outstanding athlete who is showing today his loyalty to the Impact by accepting to stay in Montreal, despite receiving offers from MLS teams. He is an important piece of our team.”

The Impact will kick off the 16th training camp in team history, Monday January 5, at Catalogna Soccerplexe, in Lachine. To purchase 2009 season tickets, contact the Montreal Impact at 514-328-3668 or visit us at www.impactmontreal.com

Whitecaps exercise three player options
Nolly, Moose and Arze picked up for 2009 season

Vancouver Whitecaps News Release – www.whitecapsfc.com

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

VANCOUVER, BC — Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that they have exercised the contract options of midfielders Vicente Arze and Justin Moose, as well as goalkeeper Jay Nolly for the 2009 season.

All three ‘Caps played a pivotal role in the men’s team’s run to the 2008 United Soccer Leagues First Division (USL-1) championship title in what was the trio’s first season with the club.

Nolly was a key addition for Whitecaps run to 2008 title (Josh Devins)Nolly, 26, is returning to the ‘Caps after a fine first season in Vancouver. The Littleton, Colorado, native, who initially signed with the club on January 24, made 30 appearances in all competitions for 2,665 minutes. His record of 14 wins, eight defeats, and seven draws included 11 clean sheets, with one of those shutouts coming in the 1-0 away victory versus MLS side Toronto FC in the Nutrilite Canadian Championship on July 1. The former Indiana University standout, who spent three seasons in MLS with Real Salt Lake and D.C. United, was named in the USL-1 Team of the Week in Weeks Seven and 19.

Arze, 23-years-old, earned a nomination for the 2008 USL-1 Rookie of the Year award after making 27 regular season and playoff appearances for a total of 1,097 minutes of action. This included eight starts, with the winger’s lone goal being the match-winner in a 1-0 victory at Portland Timbers on May 24. The goal earned the midfielder a place in the USL-1 Team of the Week for Week Six. The native of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, who initially signed with the club on January 31, made a successful transition to the professional game after an impressive NCAA Division I career with Mercer University. Prior to joining the ‘Caps, the South American was a second round (25th overall) selection of the Kansas City Wizards in the 2008 Major League Soccer (MLS) Supplemental Draft.

Moose, 25, returns for a second season with Vancouver after initially signing with the ‘Caps on April 15. The native of Statesville, North Carolina, made 29 appearances in all competitions for 1,802 minutes. This included starts in all four of the Whitecaps’ matches in the inaugural Nutrilite Canadian Championship this past summer. The speedy winger’s two goals came late in the season, as he struck in the 3-2 victory at Seattle Sounders on the final day of the USL-1 regular season, and in the 2-0 playoff quarterfinal, first leg, win over Minnesota Thunder. The former Wake Forest University star also earned a spot in the USL-1 Team of the Week for Week 23. Prior to his move to the club last spring, Moose spent two seasons in MLS with D.C. United.

Whitecaps 2009 season tickets are now on sale. Season tickets include all men’s and women’s team regular season and playoff home matches at Swangard Stadium, Nutrilite Canadian Championship home matches against Toronto FC and Montreal Impact, as well as priority listing for BC Place and the proposed Whitecaps Waterfront Stadium. For more information on the 2009 season ticket packages, call 604.669.WAVE (9283) or visit whitecapsfc.com.

Otieno to return to Cleveland

Cleveland City Stars News Release – www.clevelandcitystars.com

Monday, December 15, 2008

CLEVELAND, OH — The Cleveland City Stars reached an agreement to bring Kenyan defender Musa Otieno back to Cleveland for the 2009 season. Otieno, 34, is currently playing for Santos FC in the South African Premier League.

The former Kenyan star helped lead City Stars to USL-2 titleThe immensely popular Otieno was a major component to the City Stars USL-2 championship in 2008. Otieno joined the club half way through the season and started every match during the season’s final two months, including all three postseason matches.

«We are extremely pleased to bring Musa back for the 2009 season, especially due to our recent promotion to the first division» said City Stars General Manager Mark Geissbauer. «Musa is a great leader and he did an outstanding job of anchoring our back line during last season’s run towards the championship. Bringing Musa back is just the first step towards our goal of defending our championship at the first division level.»

Otieno logged 566 minutes for Cleveland in seven matches during the regular season while also recording a goal and an assist.

«I loved my time in Cleveland last season and I was happy to help contribute to the club on and off the field,»»The recent promotion to the first division is a great accomplishment and we look forward to the challenge. I’m excited for the chance to return to Cleveland to play in front of the fans that were so great to me and to the team during last year’s championship season.» said Otieno.

The 2008 USL-2 campaign was Otieno’s first season abroad after becoming a legendary figure in Africa. The Nairobi native played for the Kenyan National Team from 1993 through 2008 and was a captain at the time of his national team retirement earlier this year.

Outside of his international appearances, Otieno has been a top player in the South African Premier League since joining Santos in 1997. The 6’4″ defender was named the Player of the Year in the Premier League following the 2007 season.

The City Stars are also happy to announce the addition of two new full-time positions to the front office. Director of Team Operations Kevin Carpenter and Director of Media Relations Ryan Aroney have joined the front office staff to help the organization make the jump to the USL First Division.

Although both positions are new to the organization, the faces are familiar as both Carpenter and Aroney interned with the City Stars during the 2008 season.

Prior to joining the CCS staff, Carpenter worked in the promotions department for radio station WKNR. A native of Berea, OH, Carpenter graduated from St. Ignatius High School and John Carroll University.

Kevin Carpenter, «I’m excited to join the staff full time and I’m happy to be a part of such a great organization,» said Kevin Carpenter. «Last year was a great run and we know we have to do even better this season at the first division level.»

Prior to joining the CCS staff, Aroney worked for the Cleveland State University Men’s Basketball team and for the Lake Erie Monsters. A native of Oberlin, OH, Aroney is a graduate of Oberlin High School and Cleveland State University.

Ryan Aroney, «Last year was a great learning experience and it was a lot of fun to have a helping hand in a championship season,» said Ryan Aroney. «I’m thrilled that I have a chance to work with such an outstanding organization and I know that Kevin and I will give our best to help with the transition to USL-1.»

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