Mesanovic was one of the top scorers for the Rockford Rampage this season.
KiXX Trade Leo Gibson to Rockford Rampage; Add Three Players
Philadelphia (Thursday, March 4, 2010) - Currently sitting on a 5-8 record, the Philadelphia KiXX are entering a critical weekend that sees the team face the Baltimore Blast (8-7) on Friday at 1st Mariner Arena before returning to The Liacouras Center on Sunday to host La RaZa de Monterrey at 4:05 p.m. Looking to bolster his roster, Philadelphia head coach Don D’Ambra picked up forward Gary Brooks, defender Tijani Ayegbusi and forward Semir Mesanovic for the weekend pair after the trio was released by the Rockford Rampage this past week.
Brooks, who began his indoor career with the KiXX in 2004, had recorded five goals and an assist for 11 points in 11 games this season with the Rampage.
"Gary Brooks is a very strong and explosive forward who creates a lot of offensive opportunities through his athleticism and energy,” D’Ambra stated. “I feel that Gary has become a smarter indoor player the past couple years, and he has a much better understanding of the game. He will be an asset to our team."
Ayegbusi, who is an extremely hard-nosed defender, led the Rockford back line this year with 21 blocks in 16 matches and was fifth overall in the MISL in that category.
"Tijani Ayegbusi is a big, strong and aggressive defender who will make an impact in the back for us,” D’Ambra remarked. “He plays hard and will relentlessly battle opposing forwards. He will enhance our back line by bringing a physical presence that we have been lacking."
Mesanovic is a crafty forward who will bring additional scoring to a high-powered Philadelphia attack, and he ranked second on the Rampage roster with 28 points on 10 goals (two three-pointers) and six assists in 16 games.
"Semir Mesanovic is a forward who is a very dangerous scoring threat,” D’Ambra said. “He is aggressive to score goals and is capable of scoring from long range. Semir will also be an asset on special team plays such as restarts and power plays. He is having one of his best seasons and will give us more versatility in the offensive end."
The new-look KiXX return home this Sunday to host Boy Scout and Girl Scout Day. Tickets for that match are available now by calling 1-888-888-KiXX or by visiting www.ComcastTix.com.