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Eagles unveil roster
Charlotte Eagles News Release - www.charlotteeagles.com
 
Monday, April 11, 2005
 
CHARLOTTE, NC -- The Charlotte Eagles announced its current roster for the 2005 season, which includes last season's USL Second Division MVP and Scoring Champion Jacob Coggins.
 
Coaching Staff

Mark Steffens returns for his ninth season as Head Coach, after leading the Eagles to the Championship match in 2004.  Assisting Steffens will be Kevin Sefton in his third season, and former Eagles players Scott Schweitzer (goalkeeping coach) and Mark Pinch.
Returning Players from 2004

Offense

2004 League MVP and Scoring Title Winner, Jacob Coggins returns for his 6th season with the team.  The powerful 6'4" forward  is a native of Charlotte and graduate of Independence High School.

Veteran Dustin Swinehart, who tied for the assist title in the 2004 season with Coggins, returns for his 8th season with the Eagles.  Coggins and Swinehart should continue to be an impressive scoring combo to bolster the Eagles offense.  Dustin is a team captain for the 2005 season.

Patrick Daka, the creative and highly technical forward from Zimbabwe returns for his second season.  Daka is a true goal scorer with his ball control and ability to place it where he wants it.

Midfield

Declan Jogi: Former Zimbabwe Premiere League player and King College graduate  - Declan is a very technical left-sided player. He can play in the back as well as in the midfield. His excellent passing ability & field vision help to promote the teamís possession rate.

Chris Lemons: Chris is a technical midfielder who is precise in his passing. He also has the ability to score goals with his strong, accurate shot.  Chris played his rookie year with the A-League Virginia Beach Mariners and Indiana Blast, before joining the Eagles for the 2004 season.

Ishmael Mintah:  "Ishy" is one of our most creative attacking players. He plays the attacking midfield role that allows him to get into the offense often. He is a good goal scorer that has the ability to beat a player on the dribble as well as play dangerous balls to our forwards.  He was drafted in 2002 by the Major League Soccer LA Galaxy, before coming to the Eagles for the 2004 season.  His hometown is Cape Coast, Ghana.

Veteran midfielder Nate Watkins returns for his 6th season.  Watkins is a leader by example, playing with composure and an intense work rate.   Due to his versatility as a player, Watkins is often played in the center or right defense, when not used in the midfield.  Watkins played his college career at the University of South Carolina.  He's married to Lady Eagles defender Jen Watkins.

Sam Casey:  Sam Casey begins his second season with the Eagles.  Casey attended Messiah College with team mate Aaron Faro, and was part of the 2000 and 2002 NCAA Div. III National Championship teams at Messiah.

Defenders

Josh Rife, who played his college career under legendary coach Jerry Yeagley for the NCAA National Soccer Champion Indiana University returns for his fourth season.  Josh, controlling the center, is a leader for the Charlotte defense.  Josh is newly married to Lady Eagles forward Christy (Timbers) Rife.

Aaron Faro, returns for his third season.  Aaron was a two time NCAA Div. III National Champion with Messiah College.  His hard work, speed, and defensive strength earned him a starting spot through the second half of the 2004 season. 

Defender Jonah Long returns for his third season with the Eagles.  Jonah is a solid work horse who can play in the midfield or outside back.  Jonah previously played with the Eagles sister PDL team the Chicago Eagles.   

Ben Meek: Ben is a solid defender that plays on the left side. He tackles hard and is very strong in the air. He has the ability to shut down a very strong attacking player.  He played PDL with the Southern California Seahorses and was an NAIA All-American Honorable mention at Westmont College before joining the Eagles in the 2004 season.

Clay Roberts: Clay is a strong defender who is excellent in the air. He has a lot of composure with the ball for a young player. He is a center back who likes to get forward at times.  Clay was the Team MVP at Florida Southern College ('03).

Veteran defender Ben Johnson, returns for his seventh season.  Johnson is a work horse with blazing speed, often seen darting down the flank to join the attack.  Johnson is married to former Lady Eagles midfielder Katie (Gardinier) Johnson, with a first child on the way. 

Goalkeepers

Chris McClellan returns for his third season.  Chris was the all-time career leader in saves at Colorado Christian University.

Trevor Upton, the graduate of the College of William & Mary, returns for his third season.  Trevor spent the spring of 2004 playing with the Madras Eagles in Madras, India.

New Players for 2005

Terry Boss joins Charlotte from the University of Tulsa.  He's an extremely athletic goalkeeper with good size at 6'2", 185 lbs.  Boss played PDL with the Vermont Voltage and the Cascade Surge.   Hometown:  Philomath, Oregon

Tafaria Fray is a graduate of St. Gregory's University and played PDL with the Texas Spurs.  Tafaria is very fast and plays in the forward or outside midfield position.  His hometown is Lufkin, TX.

Ryan DiNunzio played three seasons in the A-League with the Rochester Rhinos (2002-2004).  He's a 6'0", 180 lb. left or left/center defensive back.  DiNunzio is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire.  Hometown:  Kenmore, NY

Ross Spencer is a 6'0", 185 lb. central defender from Southern Methodist University.  Hometown:  Tulsa, OK

Danny Harvey is another local addition the the Charlotte Eagles team.  Harvey's hometown is Waxhaw, NC and he graduated from Parkwood High School in Monroe, NC.  He played his college soccer at Bryan College.  Danny plays in the defensive midfield and center back positions.
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