Veteran Leader Returns to Ironbound Express
Newark, N.J. (Friday, April 24, 2009) – With their season opener just over a week away, the Newark Ironbound Express announced today that 2008 All-Eastern Conference selection Joe Ruesgen has committed to the team for 2009. A proven leader on the defensive front, Ruesgen joins a squad that is already turning a lot of heads in the PDL.
Ruesgen was one of two players for the Express (along with defender Kyle Grato) that played in all 16 contests last season. On the year, he recorded three points on a goal and an assist with his lone score being a stoppage time rope to lead Newark past the New Jersey Rangers in a late season match-up that beared critical playoff implications. At the conclusion of the regular season, Ruesgen received PDL All-Eastern Conference accolades.
Ruesgen was born in Campbeltown, Scotland, and played his college ball at Dominican College in Orangeburg, New York. In three years at Dominican, he started all 58 games that he played. Despite being a defender, he tallied 33 points on 10 goals and 13 assists for his college career. The former Charger captain was a highly decorated player in college, being named to the Central Athletic Collegiate Conference First Team following both his junior and senior seasons. He was also selected to the All-CACC Tournament Team, Daktronics Division II All-New England Men's Soccer Second Team and the NSCAA/adidas All-New England Region Second Team following his senior year of 2006, as well as getting a nod to the Division II New England Regional All-Tournament Team in 2005.
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!