Haitian Striker Received All-Eastern Conference Accolades Last Year
Laventure was a top performer for the Express last summer (Photo by Rich Graessle)
Newark, N.J. (Friday, May 1, 2009) – The Newark Ironbound Express attack was strengthened today when forward Jerrod Laventure made official that he is rejoining the team for the upcoming PDL season. Laventure, a former player with the New York Red Bulls and current member of the New Jersey Ironmen, was an All-Eastern Conference selection last year with the Express.
Laventure was second on the Express in 2008 with 20 points on nine goals and a pair of assists in 13 games, which led to his nod to the PDL All-Eastern Conference Team. He played a pivotal role in the Express reaching the Eastern Conference playoffs in their inaugural season last summer. He then took his game indoors as a defender with the New Jersey Ironmen, recording eight blocks in 10 contests.
While playing college soccer at Seton Hall University, Laventure tallied 40 points in four seasons with the Pirates. He knocked in 14 goals and assisted on an additional 12 scores. Following his senior year, he was named to the All-Big East First Team after registering eight goals and six assists. After that last season in South Orange, Laventure signed a developmental contract with the Red Bulls in 2006, making his debut that year against FC Dallas on July 8. He made an immediate impression in the MLS by notching an assist in his first appearance. He then won the MLS Goal of the Week when he scored his first career professional goal on a 30-yard chip over Columbus Crew goalkeeper Noah Palmer. Laventure has also earned two caps with the Haitian National Team.
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!