On the eve of their bid for the MLS, NCFC added two more midfielders to their roster for the 2017 NASL season.
Last Friday, the club announced that they acquired Alex Molano from Swope Park Rangers. Molano had 17 appearances for the USL team with one assist and one goal, and actually made his MLS debut for Sporting Kansas City back in October 2016 in the CONCACAF Champions League. In his short career he has already played with multiple clubs in Croatia and Sweden.
The club also added defensive midfielder Bolu Akinyode from Bethlehem Steel FC, which they announced on Monday. Like Molano and Marcel Kandziora, it appears that Akinyode impressed manager Colin Clarke while in a tryout with the club. The left footer played in 26 games last season for the USL side.
With the additions of Akinyode and Molano, that takes the tally of NCFC midfielders to eight (Tiyi Shipalane, Nazmi Albadawi, Matt Watson, James Marcelin, Austin da Luz, Marcel Kandziora). There are currently four recognized defenders on NCFC’s roster, so hopefully the front office will start to look for some more reinforcements in that area of the pitch.
The NC Courage announced today that Paul Riley has been named the first ever head coach ahead of the 2017 NWSL Season. Although this is fantastic news, an earlier piece of news quoted Riley as the head coach so this was not that surprising.
[BREAKING] Paul Riley has been named the first ever head coach of the NC Courage
— NC Courage (@TheNCCourage) January 30, 2017
The retention of Riley is great for the Courage, considering he was the one who lead the team (playing as the WNY Flash) to the NWSL Championship last season. Not only that, Riley is a proven winner. He coached the Long Island Fury (WPSL) to a league Championship in 2006 and 2009, earning him the WPSL Coach of the Year Award in 2009. He was also a back-to-back WPS Coach of the Year in 2010 and 2011.
Oh, the Courage also released their new uniforms last week. And, per usual, we have thoughts on them. Stay tuned.
Cover photo courtesy of www.northcarolinafc.com
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