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Hammerheads Re-Sign Evans, Cuero
Key duo return to Wilmington for 2012 season

Wilmington Hammerheads News Release -- www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com

Monday, December 5, 2011

WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Wilmington Hammerheads are gearing up for the 2012 season and have re-signed a pair of 2011 Hammerheads standouts, defender Gareth Evans and forward Andres Cuero, pending USSF and league approval.

A Wrexham, Wales native, Evans was transferred to Wilmington from the Los Angeles Blues in 2011. Through the regular season, Evans played in 21 games for the Hammerheads and compiled six shots on goal. As a defender, the Welshman also contributed to four shutouts, three at the Hammerheads’ home field, Legion Stadium, and one at Sticky Wicket Stadium in Antigua.

“I'm delighted to be re-signing with the Hammerheads as last year was one of the most enjoyable seasons in my career so far,” said Evans. “We have a great coach and some of the best fans and supporters in the league.”

Next season Evans said he wants to maintain his standards but also continue to improve as a player.

“I want to continue to be a leader for the defense and the team, and to finally score a goal for the Hammerheads would be nice too,” Evans added.

Most recently, Evans played with the Carolina RailHawks after the 2011 Hammerheads season came to a close. Prior to his success in Wilmington, Evans began his U.S. career with the Austin Aztex and later played with the Real Maryland Monarchs. Overseas, Evans played in the Welsh Premier League for Newi Cefn Druids and then signed a professional contract with Wrexham in 2006.

Cuero hails from Austin, Texas, and will join the Hammerheads for both his second season in Wilmington and his professional career. In 2011, the 21-year-old Cuero played in 22 games and notched three goals as well as one assist during regular season action.

“I’m very excited to play for the Hammerheads again and I’m looking to make an even bigger impact this year than I did in 2011,” said Cuero. “I’m looking forward to working hard and hopefully having another successful season in Wilmington.”

Before his professional career, Cuero played soccer at the college level for the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, where he was named third-team NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region in 2008.

For more information and updates about the Wilmington Hammerheads 2012 season visit www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com.

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