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Hammerheads Re-Sign Riley, Avesyan
Duo return to Wilmington for 2012 USL PRO season

Wilmington Hammerheads News Release -- www.wilmingtonhammerheads.com

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Wilmington Hammerheads continue to build their 2012 roster and are pleased to announce the re-signing of another pair of 2011 Hammerheads players, defender Dylan Riley and midfielder Jack Avesyan, pending USSF and league approval.

Riley made his professional debut in a Hammerheads’ jersey in their home opener last April, which resulted in a 1-0 victory against the Rochester Rhinos. Playing in 22 games during the 2011 season, Riley recorded one shot on goal from his defensive position. The 24-year-old contributed to the Hammerheads' four shutouts, three in front of Wilmington fans at Legion Stadium, and one away, in a 1-0 victory against Antigua Barracuda FC.

“We obviously had a successful season last year, finishing second overall, but I would love to see us take first place next year and advance further in the playoffs” said Riley of his expectations for 2012. “I think getting my first year, at the professional level, under my belt last year will give me even more confidence this time around and I’m really looking forward to playing for the Hammerheads again.”

Before joining the Hammerheads, the Thousand Oaks, Calif. native played for the USL Premier Development League club, Ventura County Fusion, from 2007 through 2010. During his time he was a member of their 2009 USL PDL championship team. In college, Riley was a four-year starter at California State Northridge (2006-09) and was twice named to the Soccer America national team of the week.

Armenian midfielder Avesyan also began his professional career in the blue and white stripes last season. Avesyan compiled 917 minutes of playing time for the Hammerheads and scored his first professional goal in a 3-0 win over the Charleston Battery at Legion Stadium. The 23 year old fired nine shots on goal from his midfield position and netted two goals for the season. 

Avesyan is already looking ahead to the 2012 season. "I am very grateful to be a part of the Hammerheads once more. I believe that we have some of the most dedicated fans in the entire division, which is why next season I will be coming to Wilmington to play my hardest and with only one thing in mind, to win the Championship,” said Avesyan of his goals for next year.

A west coast athlete, Avesyan grew up in Hollywood, Calif., and played for the USL PDL club, Ventura County Fusion, where he played alongside Riley in 2009 and was a member of their USL PDL championship team. Avesyan also competed in the Armenian Olympics and was summoned to the Armenian National Team when he was 18 years old. 

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

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