Puerto Rico Islanders News Release - www.prislandersfc.com
Monday, March 9, 2009
BAYAMON, PR -- The Puerto Rico Islanders announced today that they have come to an agreement with Kyle Veris for the 2009 season.
The 6’4 central defender will bring Major League Soccer as well as European experience to the Islanders. He spent the 2008 season playing for IL Hodd of the Norwegian First Division where he played 17 matches as a central defender and right back.
Prior to his European stint, Veris was drafted in the 2006 MLS Superdraft by the Los Angeles Galaxy with the 25th overall pick and played 18 games during his two seasons in LA.
Veris started his collegiate career at Akron as a forward. After transferring to Ohio State, he was moved to the backline and was named All Big Ten Conference as a defender in 2004 and 2005.
“Kyle Veris is a very versatile player who will strengthen our defensive line and also be a threat in the box on set pieces,” said Head Coach Colin Clarke.
“I am looking forward to helping the Islanders win the USL Championship as well as the CONCACAF Champions League,” Veris said after his arrival in Honduras to incorporate with the Islanders.
The Puerto Rico Islanders advanced to the CONCACAF Champions League Semifinals after defeating CD Marathon of Honduras. The semifinal two-legged series against Deportivo Cruz Azul of México will begin in Puerto Rico on March 17th and end in México on April 7th.