USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Saint Louis FC has announced the signing of defender Mitchell Lurie and Jake Bond ahead of the 2016 USL season.
A third-round selection by the Philadelphia Union in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, Lurie is a former member of the U.S. U18 National Team, and had a strong senior season last fall as he recorded six assists in 21 appearances for Rutgers. After being scouted at the 2016 MLS Combine, Lurie joined STL FC on its recent trip to Charleston and continued to impress the club’s staff.
“Mitch is versatile in that he can play as a left back or center back,” said STL FC Head Coach Dale Schilly. “He has very good range of movement and passing and his best attribute is the fluid way he covers ground. He has a future as a professional, but he has to commit himself to training as if his job is on the line every day. I expect a lot of Mitch. When he gets his chance, he will have to make the most of it.”
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A local standout, Bond trained with STL FC last year before spending time with the PDL’s Kitsap Pumas, whom he helped finish top of the Northwest Division. A former player for Quincy University in Illinois, the native of O’Fallon, Mo. previously played for Christian Brothers Academy in high school.
“Jake is a great success story and an example for every young player in the community,” said Schilly. “He is a steady, consistent outside back who defends first, is solid in the air and brings quality when we are in possession, whether in the build-up or entering the final third. It is a tough back four to break into. He has the quality to break through, but he has his work cut out for him.”