Harrisburg, PA (January 26, 2017) – The Harrisburg City Islanders today announced that defender Shawn McLaws will return to Harrisburg for the 2017 season. McLaws joined the City Islanders in 2016, after being selected by the New York Red Bulls with the 59th overall pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft.
Shawn McLaws Returns to Harrisburg in 2017
The 2015 Super Draft Pick to Return for a Second Season in Harrisburg
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
McLaws made his first appearance with New York against Oklahoma City Energy FC in 2015. The young competitor soon shifted gears and became a starter for New York’s USL affiliate and a Harrisburg rival, the New York Red Bulls II. It was with the Red Bulls II that Shawn scored his first goal in professional soccer.
The Oklahoma native was the only City Islander to play in all 30 games in 2016. He also totaled the most minutes of playing time with 2,699 minutes on the pitch last season. Overall, McLaws contributed 2 assists, 2 points, 9 shots, and 4 shots on goal to Harrisburg’s team and to round out his 2016 stat line.
Harrisburg’s head coach, Bill Becher, praised the defender’s consistency last season and is eager to have McLaws back as a key piece of the City Islanders defense in 2017. “Shawn was big for us; he played the most minutes on the team and one of the most in the league,” stated Becher. “He was very consistent at right back. He certainly helped solidify our back four.”
Shawn is preparing for an even stronger presence next season. “I’m really looking forward to getting back to work and helping lead the team to new heights in 2017,” said McLaws. “I’m ready to give everything I have for the club in the new year and help build something the fans and local community can get behind and embrace wholeheartedly as we try and create a special season.”
Shawn McLaws is the first defender to join the Harrisburg City Islanders roster in 2017.
Birthplace: Edmond, OK
The current Harrisburg City Islanders 2017 roster is as follows:
Paul Wilson (Midfield)
Mouhamed Dabo (Midfield)
Danny DiPrima (Midfield)
Cardel Benbow (Forward)
Shawn McLaws (Defense)
ABOUT THE HARRISBURG CITY ISLANDERS
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).
Harrisburg City Islanders
Communications and Marketing Manager
P: 717.441.4625 C: 717.602.5369 E: firstname.lastname@example.org