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Austin signs Jay Needham
Club adds defender on three-year deal

Austin Aztex News Release - www.austinaztex.com

Monday, February 1, 2010

AUSTIN, TX -- The Austin Aztex announced that defender Jay Needham has been signed to a three-year contract that will keep him at the Aztex through 2012 pending USSF approval and international clearance. Needham joins the Aztex after spending the past two seasons with Alta IF of the Norwegian First Division.

“I’m very delighted to bring Jay on board,” said Aztex head coach Adrian Heath. “Jay brings a lot of experience and great leadership qualities to the team. After two successful years in Norway, Jay is excited to be back in Texas and we are glad to have him in an Aztex uniform.”

Needham, 6’2”, most recently spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons playing in the Norwegian First Division with Alta IF. Over the past two seasons Needham has played in 50 games with Alta IF, logged over 4,000 minutes, and scored three goals. Needham was named captain of the team the final four games of the 2008 season, and was named as the captain of the squad for the 2009 season.

Prior to heading to Norway, Needham was honored as the United Soccer Leagues 2007 USL-1 Rookie of the Year for his performance that season with the Puerto Rico Islanders. During the 2007 season he logged over 2,000 minutes in 25 matches, scoring one goal and tallying two assists.

Needham attended Southern Methodist University where he was a finalist for the Hermann Trophy in 2006. While at SMU, Needham earned several honors during his career including First Team All-Conference in 2005 and 2006, Conference USA Defender of the Year in 2006, First Team Midwest Region in 2005 and 2006, and First Team All-American in 2006.

“I’m very excited to be here in Austin playing for the Aztex,” said Needham. “This is a great organization and I’m excited to be here for the long-term as we look to bring a championship to the club.”

Aztex season tickets for the 2010 season are now available for as little as $150. All season tickets are flex tickets and can be used in any combination for any regular season game. To purchase season tickets please visit www.austinaztex.com, or call 512.335.8881.

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