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The Bilbao twins are returning for a second season with the Express
Newark, N.J. (Wednesday, April 22, 2009) – The Newark Ironbound Express received two more commitments for the upcoming PDL season today when midfielders Edison and Jonathan Bilbao announced their intentions to return to the team. The two twins come back for a second year with the Express after lacing up for New Jersey City University and the New Jersey Ironmen.
Edison and his identical twin brother, Jonathan, moved to Carteret, New Jersey, by means of Santiago, Chile, at the age of 11. They both attended high school at national soccer powerhouse St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, which produced such former U.S. National Team stars as Claudio Reyna and Tab Ramos.
From there they headed to the college ranks at New Jersey City University, where Edison was twice named the New Jersey Athletic Conference Midfielder of the Year. Edison hit six game-winners for the Gothic Knights in college, and his 79 points rank him fourth in school history. Jonathan also caused havoc among the NJAC, registering 72 career points on 23 knocks and 26 assists. He also holds the program record with 13 game-winning goals in four decorated seasons with NJCU.
Both of the Bilbao twins spent time training with the New Jersey Ironmen of the Xtreme Soccer League this past winter. Edison played in 10 contests for the indoor side and notched his first professional point on an assist in a 10-8 overtime victory over the eventual champion Detroit Ignition in late February.
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.
For all of the latest updates and roster acquisitions regarding the Ironbound Express, stay tuned to the team website at www.newarkironboundexpress.com!