Friday, April 4, 2008

City Islanders Sign Barbosa


Harrisburg City Islander’s add scoring potential to their 2008 roster with the signing of Almir Barbosa. Following their 2007 championship season the Islander’s continue to seek high caliber players that can make a difference on the field. Barbosa comes to the City Islanders from the New Hampshire Phantoms where he spent the last three seasons. Almir will join the team when they kick-off training camp on March 17th at In The Net in Palmyra, PA.

"I'm very pleased to bring a player of proven goal scoring capability into the squad for 2008", said Islanders head coach Bill Becher. "Our recent teams have relied heavily on goal scoring coming from attacking midfield players, so it was a focus of our off-season plans to secure a true striker that would provide us with a consistent threat in front of goal. I feel that we've done that with the addition of Almir".

With the winter signing of Almir Barbosa, the City Islanders have added one of the United Soccer League's most dangerous target men. The 5-11, 175-pound forward registered 16 goals and 32 points over the last two seasons with the New Hampshire Phantoms who have moved to the Premier Development League for 2008. In 2006 Almir was named to the USL Division 2 All-League First Team when he tied for second in the league in scoring with 10 goals.

Barbosa, a native of the Cape Verde Islands, spent his childhood in Portugal and at 15 moved to the United States. He was a National Soccer Coaches Athletic Association All-American in 2000 and received All-Conference honors in 2003 following his senior year at the University of South Carolina-Spartanburg. His professional soccer career took him to Kristianstad FF in Sweden before joining the New Hampshire team.

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