City Islanders Acquire Defender Raphael Cox

City Islanders Acquire Defender Raphael Cox

Speedy left-footed defender has experience in the MLS and NASL

(Harrisburg, PA)-The Harrisburg City Islanders are pleased to announce the signing of left back Raphael Cox. Cox joins the Islanders for 2014 after playing the previous two seasons with the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the North American Soccer League.

The 5-foot-6, 140-pound defender registered one goal and appeared in 24 matches for the Rowdies during the previous two seasons. Prior to joining the Rowdies in 2012, Cox played two seasons with the Atlanta Silverbacks. During his time with the Silverbacks, Cox appeared in 43 matches, netting three goals.

The experienced defender was selected in the fourth-round (54th overall) of the 2009 MLS Super Draft by Real Salt Lake. The Washington native appeared in six matches for Salt Lake in 2009 and found the back of the net one time.

Prior to his professional career, Raphael had a highly prolific collegiate career at the University of Washington. Cox was a three-year starter for the Huskies after transferring from Highline Community College following his freshman season. During his three-year run with the Huskies Cox appeared in 59 matches, netting 14 goals and dishing-out 17 assists. Raphael was also a two-time All-Pac-10 selection including a first team selection during his senior season in 2009.

“We feel that Raphael is a great addition to our squad, he is very professional and we look forward to quality performance and leadership from him this season” said Isles Head Coach, Bill Becher.

With the 2014 USL PRO season rapidly approaching, the Isles are preparing for yet another action-packed season in USL PRO. The Islanders kick off their season on the road on April 5th against the Wilmington Hammerheads at Legion Stadium. The Isles’ home opener is slated for April 19th against the Dayton Dutch Lions. For tickets and group packages for the upcoming Islanders season please visit our website at or call us at 717-441-GOAL (4625).