Harrisburg City Islanders News Release -- www.cityislanders.com
Thursday, April 7, 2011
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Harrisburg City Islanders are proud to announce the signings of Jason Hotchkin, Brian Ombiji, Morgan Langley, and Phil Tuttle, pending approval from USSF.
Hotchkin returns to the City Islanders after having a great season with the club in 2010, registering six goals and three assists. Before his City Islanders days, Hotchkin started his professional career in 2004 with the USL’s Charlotte Eagles, scoring five goals and four assists. In 2005, he had a short stint with German club TuS Koblenz before moving to Sweden to play for IK Brage in 15 matches. Hotchkin returned to the USL in 2006, signing with the Wilmington Hammerheads and scoring two goals and adding three assists.
From 2006-2008, Hotchkin turned his professional soccer career from outdoor to indoor by playing in the MISL (Major Indoor Soccer League). He would play for the Philadelphia Kixx and the New Jersey Ironmen. In the summer of 2008, Hotchkin returned to the outdoor field by signing with the Cleveland City Stars and helping them win the 2008 USL Second Division Championship. During the 2008 season, Hotchkin also spent some time with the Columbus Crew’s reserve team. He re-signed with Cleveland in 2009 for their inaugural USL First Division campaign before signing with the City Islanders in 2010.
Ombiji is a familiar face to the City Islanders’ organization and fans. He is only one of three remaining players from the 2007 Harrisburg City Islanders’ team that won the USL Second Division Championship. At the age of 18, Ombiji played for AFC Leopards, a soccer club in his native country of Kenya. Ombiji then moved to the United States and graduated from Lindsey Wilson College earning high honors such as three All-Conference First Team selections, two NAIA All-Region First Team selections, the NAIA Region XI Player of the Year Award in 2004 and a NAIA First Team All-American selection.
To keep in shape and get his feet wet in the professionals, Ombiji played for USL Premier Development League squad Michigan Bucks during his college summers. Ombiji turned professional in 2007 with the Harrisburg City Islanders, playing for two seasons tallying 10 goals, five game-winning goals, and receiving an All-League Second Team selection before stepping away from the beautiful game for the 2009 season. In 2010, he returned to soccer and re-signed with the City Islanders appearing in five games and scoring once.
"We are glad to have Hotchkin and Ombiji back for the 2011 season," Coach Bill Beecher said. "Both players are great additions to our midfield and attacking force."
Langley joins the Islanders after having a stellar senior season for Swarthmore College. He led the Garnet with 14 goals and 14 assists, earning him two All-American honors, being named to the NSCAA All-Region First Team, the ECAC Division III South Region Team and honored as the Centennial Conference Player of the Year.
The Hawaiian native also became the program’s all-time leader in career points (95) and assists (27). 73 of his 95 career points came in his final two seasons with Swarthmore. Langley also finished in the top 10 nationally in assists, assists per game and points per game. With his combination of strength, speed, touch and finish, Langley will be a contributor to dismantling opponents’ defenses.
Tuttle joins the Islanders after recording a 7-3-2 record in his senior year for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He appeared in 13 matches, starting in 11 of them with an impressive 0.71 goals- against average and a .743 save percentage. Tuttle finished his college soccer career registering a 9-6-2 record, allowing 16 goals, registering 45 saves and 7 shutouts. Before his Notre Dame days, Tuttle attended Brewster Academy earning the captain’s band, receiving the Coach’s Team MVP Award, and the Athletic Director’s Award for positive and consistent contribution to interscholastic sports.
In 2005, he played in the New England prep school all-star game and was named to the Boston Globe’s prep all-scholastic soccer team. Tuttle will add depth to the Islanders’ goalkeeping roster that includes the 2009 USL-2 GAA Champion and All-League Second-Team goalkeeper, Chase Harrison.
"Morgan and Phil had outstanding college careers and we expect that to continue here with the Islanders. We are very excited to have added them to our roster for the 2011 season." Coach Bill Beecher said.
The Harrisburg City Islanders will open the regular season at the Skyline Sports Complex against the in-state rival Pittsburgh Riverhounds on Saturday, April 16th at 7 p.m. before traveling west for a rematch of the opener on Saturday, April 23rd at 7 p.m. For more information on the City Islanders, or to order tickets, contact the team at 717-441-GOAL, or visit www.cityislanders.com.