Minnesota Stars FC Make More Roster Moves, Release Former LA Galaxy Player Ely Allen & Sign 2
The Stars FC made several more roster moves on Wednesday. The team released former LA Galaxy player Ely Allen who had been with the team for two years making 37 appearances and gathering 3 goals and 2 assists along the way. The often injured player showed quality when on the field but struggled to find playing time towards the end of the season and logged in only 731 minutes in 2011. The team would not comment on specifics of why Allen was released.
Minnesota also announced the signing of two players, defender Edi Buro and midfielder Miguel Ibarra. Buro is a defensive midfielder who the Stars hope can help them build some depth on the back line and in the midfield. The Bosnia and Herzegovina native moved to the Twin Cities as a youth and played division 3 college soccer for Hamline University. He returned to Bosnia to play for NK Travnik of the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina before returning to Minnesota.
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Ibarra played for the University of California, Irvine before being selected as a supplemental pick for the Portland Timbers but was later released. He earned First Team All American honors after scoring nine goals and tallying eight assists for the Anteaters in 2011.
After the 2011 season the Stars initially picked up the option on 17 players who they had signed to multiyear contracts. Currently the Stars have only signed 13 of those players. Several players are back on the squad after signing new contracts or extensions.
Here are the players from last year’s 2011 Minnesota Stars squad that will be part of their 2012 roster: (D) Justin Davis, (D) Cristiano (just finished up indoor season), (M) Neil Hlavaty, (D) Kevin Friedland (player/assist. coach signed new contract), (M) Daniel Wasson (signed new contract), (M) Kentaro Takada (signed new contract extension), (D) Brian Kallman, (D) Kyle Altman (currently injured and rehabbing), (F) Simone Bracalello (just returned from Italy this week), (F) Devin Del Do, (F/M) Amani Walker, (GK) Matt Van Oekel, (M) Lucas Rodriguez (just finished indoor season – Coach Lagos is giving the midfielder some time off after playing continuously for almost two years), (M) Andy Lorei (will also be helping in the front office), (D) Gino Mauro.
Players from last year’s team who have yet to report to camp and remain question marks: (M) Andrei Gotsmanov, (M/F) Jeff Cosgriff.
Players who retired from last years squad: Joe Warren and Brian Cvilikas.
Jack Stewart was traded to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers for forward/midfielder Martin Nunez.
Other players from 2011 who were released or not renewed: Ely Allen – released, Ryan Woods – left the Stars camp before the final championship playoff series and flew back to England, Anthony Hamilton – last year’s short term contract not renewed, Luke Mulholland – signed with FC Tampa Bay.
Players who where released last fall: Sandy Gbandi, Chris Clements, Tino Nunez, John Gilkerson, Geison Moura.