Chicago Soul FC News Release -- www.chicagosoulfc.com
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
CHICAGO -- The Chicago Soul FC of the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) has signed five MISL veterans to the club. Tijani Ayegbusi, Chris Brisson, Will Kletzien, Alexander Megson and Jeff Richey will join the club in its inaugural season, which begins on Friday night.
Richey, a reputable MISL goalkeeper, will serve as co-captain of the squad, along with fellow veteran Matt Stewart.
"I am thrilled to be selected as the starting keeper and captain of the Soul," said Richey. "I am looking forward to getting started and helping the team get into the playoffs in the first year. I think we have a lot of good veteran guys that can help the younger guys develop and compete in this league."
The 36-year-old Fort Wayne, Indiana native brings 13 years of professional soccer experience to the club. He began his professional career in 2000 with Sioux Falls Spitefire of the Premier Development League (PDL), where he earned an All-PDL Selection honor. He then moved onto the A-League in 2001, playing for the Milwaukee Rampage, where he earned an A-League Championship. Richey spent the rest of his career in the MISL playing for the Milwaukee Wave, Chicago Storm, Rockford Rampage and Chicago Riot. Richey was also selected to the United States National Futsal Team, where he served as the starting goalkeeper for the 2008 Gold Cup in Guatemala and World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Ayegbusi, 30, is also set to join the Soul after spending last season with the Wichita Wings. The veteran defender will be entering his 14th season of professional soccer. He began his career in his native country, Nigeria, where he played for prestigious clubs, such as Julius Berger (1999), 3 SC of Ibadan (1999-2000), Kwara - United FC (2000-2001) and Sunshione Stars FC (2002). Shortly upon his arrival in the United States, Ayegbusi made his MISL debut with the Chicago Storm in 2004. He later joined the Milwaukee Wave, Philadelphia Kixx, and Wichita Wings.
"It’s good to be back home," said Ayegbusi, who considers Chicago his hometown outside of Nigeria. "Chicago is one of the best cities in the world. Who wouldn’t want to be here? I am also happy and very excited to play for a new franchise and work with some of my old teammates again.
"From what I have seen of this group so far, I believe we should be able to do something this year with this team. For me, this is about my city, and it’s time for me to give back to my city."
Fellow veteran defenders, Brisson and Kletzien, are also set to join the organization.
Brisson, a 30-year-old White Bear Lake, Minn. native, comes to the Soul after having spent time with the Minnesota Thunder (2005), Chicago Storm (2006-2009), Rockford Rampage (2009) and Chicago Riot (2010).
Kletzien, 31, joins the club after stints with the Windsor Border Stars (2006), Chicago Storm (2007), Philadelphia Kixx (2009), Chicago Riot (2010), and Rochester Lancers (2011).
"I am really excited for the opportunity to play soccer in Chicago for this season and years to come," said Kletzian. "I am grateful to be able to be a part of this organization. I look forward to winning games with the group of guys I’ve been playing with on and off for several years, and working with old teammates and new to bring a championship to Chicago."
Megson, a 26-year-old forward, also joins the Soul after spending three years in the MISL. The Tacoma, Wash. native previously played for the Chicago Riot (2010) and Syracuse Silver Knights (2011).
"Alex is a very exciting player," said Chicago Soul Head Coach Manny Rojas. "He is a confident player, which I believe is very good for the team. His greatest strength is his mobility on the field. He is quick and has a good shot."
The Soul will launch their inaugural season on Friday, November 2, 2012 in Syracuse, New York against the Silver Knights, and will kick off their home opener on Friday, December 7, 2012 against the Rochester Lancers at the Sears Centre Arena. For ticket information, please call (224) 699-4110.