Harrisburg City Islanders Sign Veteran Defender, Goalkeeper, and Pair from Ghana
Harrisburg, PA (March 23, 2017) – The Harrisburg City Islanders announced today the signing of Tiago Calvano (defense), Sean Lewis (goalkeeper), Ropapa Mensah (forward), and Abass Mohamed (defense), pending League and Federation approval.
Calvano, a Brazilian footballer, brings an extensive resume to the Harrisburg City Islanders.
Most recently, the 35-year-old played with Minnesota United FC from 2014-2016. During his time with the club, Calvano made 71 appearances and scored 2 goals. Additionally, the competitive center back was named to the NASL Best XI team and was a Golden Ball nominee.
Prior to signing with Minnesota, Calvano signed with Sydney FC of Austrailia, after parting ways with their A-League rival, the Newcastle Jets. Calvano joined the club as an injury replacement and soon signed a permanent contract for the 2013-14 A-league season.
Much of Calvano’s career was spent in Europe, playing with clubs like Fortuna Dusseldorf and MSV Duisburg (2008-2011). He made 86 appearances in Switzerland for BSC Young Boys, 27 appearances for FC Barcelona B, and numerous others since the beginning of his professional soccer career.
“There’s a long tradition of professional soccer with the Harrisburg City Islanders,” Calvano said. “I appreciate their vision for the organization’s future, and I look forward to contributing to the team’s success and being a part of this community.”
Sean Lewis joins newcomer Brandon Miller and veteran Nick Noble in 2017 at the goalkeeper position.
“Sean performed at a high level during preseason,” said Bill Becher. “Adding him to the roster gives us three solid keepers.”
Lewis is originally from Rockford, Michigan and split his college career between Oakland University and Western Michigan University. While he was with Western Michigan University, he was named to the All-Mid-American-Conference second team and posted a 0.92 GAA.
In 2014, Lewis got his first shot at professional soccer when he joined the USL PDL side Panama City Beach Pirates. He then moved to Australia to join the Olympia FC Warriors, where he helped lead them to the Tasmanian Victory Championship in 2015.
Lewis returned to the States to play for the Jacksonville Armada FC where he started 10 games.
“I signed with the Islanders because they have a great track record of developing players,” stated Lewis. “After training with the team and witnessing their work ethic, I knew that I wanted to be a part of this culture. I think that I will be another strong option as a goalkeeper for the team, and I am going to bring my intensity and competitiveness to the training ground everyday.”
Mensah is regarded as one of the budding stars in the Ghanaian premier league. In the team’s recent match against Hearts of Oak, he was named the player of the match. Although he was not able to net a goal, he was a terror in the attacking zone. He set up passes in dangerous areas and created opportunities off of the attack.
Mensah has the skill to set up his teammates along with the ability to create off of the attack to put the ball in the net. Last season, Mensah scored three goals in 19 appearances in just over 1000 minutes.
Mensah has the skills to bring an exciting breed of soccer to the Islanders attack in 2017.
“The Harrisburg City Islanders are one of the best teams in the USL and this is a great place for me to develop as a player,” stated the 19-year old footballer. “I am excited to belong to the club and look forward to helping in every way possible this season.”
“Ropapa is bringing some good experience from his past club,” said Bill Becher. “I think he will be a good fit with the group that we have set for 2017.”
Mohammed, a 22 year-old Ghanaian defender, comes to the Islanders after a short stint with Inter Allies, where he played alongside Ropapa Mensah.
“Abass is another one of those guys bringing something different to the team with his experience,” said Bill Becher. “I hope that he’s able to develop and grow with us this year.”
“When you are offered a spot on one of the top teams in the USL, you don’t pass it up,” said Mohamed. “Playing with the Islanders is an important step for me and I hope to develop into a top notch player with this organization.”
The latest additions finalize the 2017 roster before Harrisburg’s season opener on Saturday, March 25 against the Richmond Kickers.
The 2017 Harrisburg City Islanders roster is as follows:
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The Harrisburg City Islanders are entering their 14th Season in Central Pennsylvania as a professional soccer team in the United Soccer League. The league represents the highest level of competition in the United States and Canada outside of Major League Soccer (MLS). In addition to the professional squad, the Harrisburg City Islanders Academy fields youth teams for boys and girls ages 9-23. The City Islanders Academy is dedicated to player development in Central, Pennsylvania. The premier level Academy teams participate in the nationally recognized Super Y-League. For more information about the Harrisburg City Islanders please visit www.cityislanders.com or call 717.441.GOAL (4625).
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