Harrisburg City Islanders News Release - www.cityislanders.com
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
HARRISBURG, PA -- The Harrisburg City Islanders are proud to welcome back a number of returning players for the 2010 season while sadly saying farewell to Steve Fisher, who announced his retirement. Along with captain Dustin Bixler, Geoff Bloes, Jason Pelletier, Anthony Calvano, David Schofield have confirmed they will be returning to the Island.
Dustin Bixler will return to bolster the City Islanders defense. Bixler played for Red Land High School before an outstanding career at Lock Haven University. Bixler's performance with the City Islanders last season earned USL-2 All-League First Team honors.
Joining Bixler on defense will be returnees Anthony Calvano (Penn State) and local product of Middletown High School, Geoff Bloes (Shippensburg University).
Bloes, a hardworking defender, started nearly every game for the City Islanders, and helped the team achieve a 1.15 goals against average, third best in the league. Calvano was slowed by an injury during the first half of the season, but returned and won a starting spot in the lineup before the playoffs began.
Jason Pelletier, another Middletown High School graduate returns to the center midfield for the City Islanders. Pelletier is excellent at distributing the ball, and a key player in the City Islanders midfield.
David Schofield returns for his seventh season with the City Islanders. Schofield has been with Harrisburg since the inaugural season in 2004. Schofield holds the All-time record for assists with 22.
Looking to build off a 12-9-4 overall record in 2009, the City Islanders are still in talks with other 2009 players and continue to seek new talent at the USL Men's Player Showcase in Charleston, SC this weekend. Preseason camp will open on March 15th and several players have already received an invitation from the coaching staff.
Fisher Announces Retirement
Midfielder/forward Steve Fisher, an original City Islander and native of Hershey, has announced his retirement.
"From the start, Steve's been great for this franchise on and off the field," said City Islanders General Manager Kierstin Rowe. "He'll always be a City Islander icon, a local product who became a classy professional and worked extremely hard for this team. We hope he has as much success in the next chapter of his life."
In six seasons, Fisher has left an indelible mark on the club record books. Last year, he became the first City Islander to hit the century mark in games played and retires as the team's all-time leader in that category (103). The 28-year-old ranks second in Harrisburg history in assists (17) and points (49), is tied for second with 16 goals, and is fourth in minutes played (5,587).
The Lehigh graduate accounted for three of the most momentous goals in team history: he scored the club's first-ever goal on May 8, 2004; put Harrisburg into the USL-2 Championship Game (which they won) with an overtime game-winner in the Semifinal on August 18, 2007, against Cleveland; and recorded the lone goal in Harrisburg's first win against a Major League Soccer opponent, a 1-0 U.S. Open Cup triumph over D.C. United on June 11, 2007.
The City Islanders open the 2010 season on the road against the Richmond Kickers on Saturday, April 17th, at 7:00. The 2010 home opener is Saturday, April 24th against Real Maryland Monarchs and game time is 7:00pm.