A new USL Second Division champion will be crowned following the promotion of last year's winners, the Cleveland City Stars, to the USL-1. The
contenders include Charlotte, Richmond, Crystal Palace Baltimore and Harrisburg. Here's a look at the nine teams in order of last year's finish ... Charlotte Eagles.
The 2007 MVP and scoring champion Jacob Coggins
is back after spending 2008 in the USL-1. All-League selections Brady Bryant, Jorge Herrera
, Steve Shak
and 2008 league MVP Dustin Swinehart
also return. Richmond Kickers.
All-leaguer picks Mike Burke
, Sascha Gorres
, and Ronnie Pascale
are back. The Kickers have been aggressive on the player market, adding Kenny Cutler
from MLS's Real Salt Lake and Matthew Delicate
(Rochester), Joey Worthen
(Carolina), Luke Vercollone
(Charleston) and Yomby William
(Puerto Rico) from the
USL-1. Crystal Palace Baltimore.
Baltimore has signed Bermuda international John Barry Nusum
Hogges. Other acquisitions: American Zach Flores
played for Bolivia's The Strongest and Bolivar in the Libertadores Cup, while South Florida speedster
was taken by Colorado Rapids in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft. Olawale Adelusimi
helped guide the Thunder Bay
Chill to the 2008 PDL championship. Harrisburg City Islanders.
Returning players include Dustin Bixler
, all-leaguer picks from the past two years. The newcomers include Michigan Bucks star Ty Shipalane
PDL. Western Mass Pioneers.
Veterans in camp included all-league selections Jeff Deren
, Federico Molinari
and Jay Willis
. Rookies include former Central Connecticut State stars Yan
and David Tyrie
. Wilmington Hammerheads.
returned after a stint with the USL-1 Portland Timbers. Other USL-1 signings are Steven Curfman
(Carolina) and Daryl Sattler
(Atlanta). Coming by way of MLS are Rusty Pierce
(Columbus) and Jamie Watson
(FC Dallas). Pittsburgh Riverhounds.
The Riverhounds loaned Greg Janicki
to MLS's D.C. United late last season. New signing Sean Cameron
spent the past two years with Atlanta and Miami in the USL First
Division. Bermuda Hogges. Damon Ming
, who led the team in scoring with four goals and four assists, will take
on a more important role with the departure of Nusum to Crystal Palace Baltimore. Real Maryland Monarchs.
Real Maryland signed Jeff Carroll
, Patrick Carroll
and Ryan Cordeiro
from D.C. United and Justin Hughes
of the Colorado Rapids.