Harrisburg City Islanders News Release - www.cityislanders.com
Monday, December 14, 2009
HARRISBURG, PA -- The City Islanders have announced that midfielder Tiyiselani "Tiyi" Shipalane, the 2009 USL Second Division Rookie of the Year and a First Team All-League selection, has been acquired by D.C. United of Major League Soccer. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Shipalane started 18 games for Harrisburg in 2009, recording six goals and six assists. He caught D.C. United's eye in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinal match between the clubs on July 7 (a 2-1 D.C. win).
"We'll certainly miss Tiyi, but this is a great opportunity for him," said City Islanders Head Coach Bill Becher. "I have no doubt he'll do well."
Harrisburg agreed to loan the 24-year-old to D.C. following the USL-2 season. He appeared in three CONCACAF Champions League games, starting in a 3-0 win over CD Marathon on September 24. Based on those performances, United exercised the option in the loan agreement to purchase Shipalane's rights.
He becomes the first City Islander to jump directly to MLS.
Before joining the City Islanders, Shipalane played three years for the Michigan Bucks of the PDL. He was a three-time All-American at Lindsey Wilson College and the 2006 NAIA Region XI Player of the Year.
Season Tickets On Sale
Season tickets for the upcoming season are on sale! Central Pennsylvania's only professional soccer team will host ten regular season matches on City Island for the 2010 season. With another action packed season ahead, you won't want to miss a match!
New ticket plans and prices have been established for the 2010 season. Enjoy a beer on the private Socceritaville deck or enjoy the match from your VIP Reserved seat directly at mid-field. Mid-field seats are reserved for season ticket holders only, all other seating will be general admission sold game by game.
Visit www.cityislanders.com for more information on becoming a City Islanders season ticket holder! Come on aboard and we'll see you on the Island in April!
The Harrisburg City Islanders will host their first open tryout of the 2010 season on Thursday December 17th and Friday December 18th at In The Net Sports Complex in an effort to find potential players for the upcoming season. Harrisburg will be holding the two day event under the direction of Head Coach Bill Becher and Assistant Coach Steve Widdowson.
Each attending player will have the opportunity to showcase themselves in hopes of an invitation to preseason camp that opens in March. Every year the coaching staff has discovered a player or two from open tryouts and are sure this year will be no different.
The event is open to the public. Interested players should pre-register at www.cityislanders.com