USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Thursday, March 3, 2016
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Saint Louis FC announced on Thursday the signing of goalkeeper Ryan Thompson and midfielder Vince Cicciarelli for the 2016 USL season.
Thompson is a Jamaican international, and featured prominently at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup as he helped the Reggae Boyz reach the final for the first time. The 31-year-old was in goal as Jamaica defeated the United States 2-1 in the semifinal, and made four appearances overall in the tournament.
Thompson has also competed internationally at the club level, as he competed in the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Champions League, and the group stage of UEFA Europa League for Irish side Shamrock Rovers in the 2011-12 season as they faced the English Premier League’s Tottenham Hotspur.
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"We are excited to have Ryan join our goalkeeping corps,” said Head Coach Dale Schilly. “His professional experiences both domestically and abroad, coupled with his international competitions, particularly his role with Jamaica in last year's Gold Cup, will help solidify us at the back and give us solid leadership in the back half of the field.”
Cicciarelli joins STLFC for his first professional season after having competed against the side in last year’s Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup for the PDL’s Des Moines Menace. A former member of the St. Louis Scott Gallagher Academy, Cicciarelli spent three years at Notre Dame before concluding his college career at Saint Louis University this past fall.
“Vince brings power, pace and explosiveness to the team,” said Schilly. “Vince has a chance to be a force in this league as he develops his understanding of timing and exploiting space behind the opposition's back four. Additionally Vince is a great cultural fit. His leadership tendencies coupled with his competitive nature is great for a locker room.”