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NSC Minnesota Stars Add 2 Goalkeepers and 1 Field Player to Roster

2010 March 16
by Brian Quarstad

NSC Stars Coach Manny Lagos told IMS on Tuesday morning that the team has signed two goalkeepers and one field player.

The NSC Stars have come to terms with Louis Crayton and Joe Warren, both goalkeepers. The two goalkeepers have 21 years of experience between them.

Crayton was born in Monrovia, Liberia and has made 36 appearances for his home country, often times as captain of his team. He retired from international play in 2008.

Louis Crayton

The 32-year-old Liberian played for St. Joseph Warriors in his home country where he made 33 appearances.

Crayton then moved on to spend 1997-2008 in Switzerland playing for 8 teams:
1997–1998    Lucerne    4-Appearances
1998–2000    Grasshopper    3-Ap
2000            Schaffhausen    13-Ap
2001            Wangen bei Olten    6-Ap
2001–2002    YF Juventus    15-Ap
2002–2003    Zug    13-Ap
2003–2005    Concordia Basel   44-Ap
2005–2008    Basel    12-Ap

In 2008 Crayton moved to DC United where he made 18 appearances. In 2009 Crayton looked to have the starting spot for United sewn up after regular keeper Zach Wells retired due to injury. However, a hip injury and a high salary caused coach Tom Soehn to balk on Crayton and released him from the MLS team.

Crayton also had a trial with the KC Wizards this spring. Lagos, who has good connections to the Wizards, was able to negotiate a 1-year deal with Crayton.

Joe Warren was also signed by the Stars. Warren, who is actually a full-time employee of the NSC, appeared in 41 games from 2000-2006 for the Thunder. He retired in 2006 after Nic Platter won the starting role. Since then he has been on the coaching staff at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and works for the National Sports Center in Campus Operations as an Assistant Operations Manager.

Joe Warren punches a ball away in a 2005 US Open Cup Victory against Real Salt Lake - Photo by Brian Quarstad

The 35-year-old Warren had been training with the former Thunder players this spring at the NSC and was said to be considering coming out of retirement.

The Stars also announced their first signing of a combine trialist. Simone Bracalello, a midfielder/forward from Genoa, Italy was said to have the best showing of any of the players at the Stars first combine. He often stood out with quick bursts, cutting through defenders and unleashing wicked shots that frequently found the back of the net.

Super supporter Scott Kerssen, who attended the combine as an observer, said Bracalello’s shots were very lively with lots of movement, making them hard for keepers to stop.

Bracalello began his career at the youth academy of Italian club U.C. Sampdoria, where he played four seasons from 1995-2000. He also trained in the youth academies of FC Sestrese Calcio and Savona 1907 FBC. He made his professional debut for Savona, appearing in one game of the 2002-2003 fourth division Serie C2 season. During the 2003-2004 season, he trained with the first team of Calcio Como of the second division Serie B and played for the club in the Primavera Championship, open to the under-20 teams from Italy’s top two divisions.

Most recently, Bracalello played for Serie C2 side AC Prato. He appeared in 23 games during the 2007-2008 season, tallying three goals and six assists.

Bracalello was also said to have had a good trial with the Carolina RailHawks. With the depth of the NASL team he was not offered a contract but was thought of very highly by coach Martin Rennie.

See the two new goalkeepers sign their contracts and talk about the upcoming season.

7 Responses
  1. FlashyAndy permalink
    March 16, 2010

    does this mean our “you dive like you’re italian!” chant has to be amended with “except for Simone!” ?

    Glad to see we’ve got some experienced keepers now. Perhaps we can get some more strikers singed? It seems like we’re a bit thin there, still…

  2. Super Rookie permalink
    March 16, 2010

    I like these signings.

    Good connections with Kansas City?

    Does that mean we will get Z-man sandwiches sent our way for free?

  3. Scott Kerssen permalink
    March 16, 2010

    Well, yes and no, Flashy Andy.

    We’re still kinda skimpy for every position now except GK (and considering the ages of our keepers, a youthful one might be a good idea). But if you look at the forwards on the roster so far, besides Bracalello, we have Cvilikas and Menyongar, plus Gotsmanov who, while a mid at Creighton, played forward at St. Johns.

    So, to me, we look fairly balanced in our acquisions, so far.

    And Brian, who is this mysterious super supporter named “Scott Kerisen” you write of? :p

    All seriousness aside, great work on scooping the Stars own website.

  4. March 16, 2010

    Have no idea what you’re talking about. :) looks fine to me. :-O
    Sorry about that…in my haste.

  5. Jeff Wolter permalink
    March 16, 2010

    Excited to here about Simone, we could use an experienced and creative midfield player.

  6. smatthew permalink
    March 17, 2010

    The Gazebo killer is back. nice

  7. Lionel permalink
    March 17, 2010

    …at St. Olaf College in Carleton, Minnesota….

    Northfield, Minnesota. I’m surprised a surge of angry Olies hasn’t clogged your servers and stuffed your mailbox with lefse.

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