Brooklyn Native Oral Bullen Joins Express for Sophomore Campaign
Bullen brings his proven leadership to the Ironbound Express (Photo by Rich Graessle)
Newark, N.J. (Sunday, April 19, 2009) – The Newark Ironbound Express announced their first player commitment for 2009 today with New Jersey Ironmen defender Oral Bullen joining the club for the upcoming outdoor season. Bullen, a former player for the Portland Timbers, comes to the Express right on time as the team will embark upon their second season in the USL Premier Development League on Sunday, May 3rd, at Lubetkin Field.
“It wasn’t until training this past week that I realized how much I had missed playing outdoor soccer,” Bullen commented. “We have a nice mixture of young players and veterans with professional playing experience here, and I like the squad already. I’m definitely excited about getting everything going for the upcoming season with the Express.”
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Bullen is the ultimate portrayal of overcoming obstacles to achieve your dreams. During his time at MLK High School in Manhattan, he was a winner of three championships in four seasons and also captained the team during both his junior and senior years. He was twice named to the All-New York City First Team and received the honor of being selected the New York City Player of the Year in 2001.
After graduating from MLK High School, Bullen went on to become one of the top scorers in school history when he played college soccer at the University of Massachusetts. He served as captain of the Minutemen during both his junior and senior seasons and finished his collegiate career with 54 points in 75 games. His 21 goals and 12 assists placed him just outside the UMass all-time top 10 points list. The two-time All-Atlantic 10 Conference selection helped lead the Minutemen to two A-10 tournament berths, and he was also honored as an NSCAA/adidas All-New England Second Team selection following his junior year.
Bullen first played in the professional ranks as a member of the Portland Timbers in 2006. He registered a pair of goals and an assist for the USL-1 side, once earning Team of the Week accolades. He took his game indoors for the first time in 2006 for the Milwaukee Wave, tallying seven points (two goals, three assists) and five blocks in 18 matches. He followed up that performance with another accomplished year in Milwaukee, recording eight points (goal, six assists) and 21 blocks, showing his durability by missing only a single contest.
This past year, Bullen returned to the metropolitan area after signing with the New Jersey Ironmen. He displayed the true grit of an ironman, playing in every match of the 2008-09 XSL season and notching eight points on a three pointer, pair of two-pointers and an assist.
Season ticket packages for the Express start as low as $25 for kids and $50 for adults. The Express will also be offering a special family season ticket pack for only $99 which includes a pair of adult season passes and two youth season passes for all eight Express home games. Fans can get their season ticket packages today by sending an email request to Mike Milich, Express Director of Ticket Sales, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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