At the ESPN Zone in Baltimore today, president of Crystal Palace Baltimore, Pete Medd, made the announcement of the new name. In addition, he introduced a new logo. The team website also introduced some of the players that we will see playing for the outfit as well.
Here are some of the players (and their bios) that the official website put out to the public:
Japanese midfielder Tsuyoshi Yoshitake played last season with the Charleston Battery, tallying 6 goals and 5 assists in 27 appearances. Before coming to the USA, the speedy 28-year old spent a year at Tokyo Verdy 1969, having spent the previous six seasons at Yokohama FC helping them win promotion to the J1 league in 2006. Yoshitake’s career J-League totals include 150 games played with 15 goals and 10 assists.
Randi Patterson, a 24-year old forward from Hackensack, New Jersey, also comes to us from Charleston where he scored an impressive 19 goals in his two seasons with the club. He has full national team credentials having represented Trinidad & Tobago on two occasions. Patterson spent four years at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he earned two-time Southern Conference Player of the Year and NCSAA All-American honors. He finished his college career with a remarkable 61 goals – fifth all time at UNCG – and 19 assists.
Korey Veeder, whose signing was announced last week, is training in Baltimore before heading over to train and eventually play in Europe. The 18-year old St. Petersburg, Florida native was a member of the elite US U-17 National Team residency program in Bradenton, Florida from 2007 to 2008, representing his country on 21 occasions. The defensive midfielder is currently a member of the US U-18 National Team pool. Veeder was named to the NSCAA/ADIDAS All-American Team in 2007 and 2008.
In addition to these players, the team also rolled out their new GM Keith Lupton. Lupton comes from the baseball world, where he owned and managed minor league teams. He also was the manager of Balitmore Orioles’ affiliates in Hagerstown, Bowie, Frederick and Salisbury. While he is said to have a ‘Midas touch’ in the baseball world, this is his first venture into the soccer world.
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