Courtesy: Philadelphia Soccer Page / Paul Rudderow
Roughnecks Sign Ivory Coast Midfielder
Release: 02/25/2016
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Thursday, February 25, 2016

TULSA, Okla. – Tulsa Roughnecks FC announced on Thursday it has signed Ivory Coast midfielder Ballobi for the new USL season.

Ballobi most recently competed for Icon FC in the American Soccer League, where he helped the club claim the 2015 ASL Championship last July. He joins fellow Ivorian Henri Manhebo with the Roughnecks, with the two having competed together previously.

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“We identified Ballobi recently while we were in Fort Lauderdale,” said Roughnecks Head Coach David Irving. “He impressed Tom Taylor and I during the three days of games, and he attracted a lot of interest with some really good performances. He knows Henri very well and is a powerful midfield player. We are looking forward to having him on board with us this season, and he will help strengthen our midfield.”

Ballobi will be with the Roughnecks as they head to Florida this week to continue preseason training. The Roughnecks kick off the 2016 USL regular season on Saturday, March 26 as they host Rio Grande Valley FC at ONEOK Field.
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