By NICHOLAS MURRAY – firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, December 11, 2015
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – 2015 USL All-League selection Mickey Daly highlighted three signings announced by Bethlehem Steel FC on Friday afternoon as the club continues to build for its inaugural season in the USL.
Daly was a standout for Sacramento Republic FC for the past two seasons, including helping the club claim the 2014 USL Championship. Daly recorded more than 2,000 minutes in the regular season in both of his campaigns with Republic FC, as he made 53 regular season appearances for the club.
“Michael will be a steadying presence for us in the back as we anticipate having a young team,” said Bethlehem Steel FC Head Coach Brendan Burke. “His experience as a winner in this league should be a great asset to us in 2016.”
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Daly is joined by fellow former Sacramento Republic FC player Gabe Gissie. A product of the New England Revolution, Gissie turned professional with Sacramento at the age of 18, and had 22 appearances in the past two seasons, recording a goal and two assists.
Former New York Red Bulls II player Bolu Akinyode will also join the Steel in 2016 after a campaign that saw him make 22 appearances in the regular season for the Red Bulls II. Akinyode’s first professional goal provided a late game-winner for the Red Bulls II in a thrilling 3-2 win against Louisville City FC on September 5 as he helped push the club into the playoffs in its inaugural season.Also on Friday, the Steel announced it had hired Rich Searls as the club’s Managing Director of Business Operations. Searls previously worked for the New York Red Bulls from 2011-13, and the New York Cosmos for the past two years.