Some of the best players in Tri-Cities FC history have come to them from the Division II level, and six more players hope to add their names to the record books. The three schools (Palm Beach Atlantic, Charleston, and Lander), combined for 53 wins and just four losses last season. After extremely successful seasons this past fall, the Otters hope those players will bring that form to Johnson City.
In the midfield, the Otters will add Brazilian midfielder Matheus Tonon from Palm Beach Atlantic. Tonon appeared in 14 games, primarily serving as the backup at the defensive midfielder spot. Tonon also recorded two assists.
Jack Burrows will be the fourth player from Palm Beach Atlantic to suit up for the Otters this summer. The 6’3” midfielder from England mostly came off the bench for one of the best attacks in all of Division II. Over his 21 appearances he scored seven goals. The Sailfish finished the 19-1-1 and were a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The final player from PBA is freshman forward Drew Fulmer. Due to the depth in the attack, Fulmer only appeared in 11 games, but was able to record one goal and six assists and put ten of his 15 shots on goal.
The Otters were able to add two more players from another D-II powerhouse in the University of Charleston. In the midfield, the Otters will add Philip Vo-Van. The Swedish midfielder played in 17 games logging just under 500 minutes as a central midfielder. Charleston completed an undefeated regular season and reached the second before falling to #2 seed West Chester.
Fellow Golden Eagle Freddy Tracey will boost the Otters attack as a forward. As a junior this season, Tracey started 16 games and scored seven goals and two assists and finished second on the team in shots on goal (18). Over three seasons with Charleston, Tracey has been extremely consistent, scoring at least six goals in every season. To date, Tracey has tallied 19 goals and four assists for the Golden Eagles. Tracey also has PDL experience, playing for the West Virginia Chaos in 2017 making five appearances and scoring a goal.
The final addition in goal will be Cole Hunter from Lander University. The Mount Juliet native just completed his freshman season with the Bearcats down in South Carolina. With former Otter Sia Jamedar, Lander was able to earn a two-seed in the NCAA D-II Tournament and went all the way to the Elite Eight, including an upset over #1 overall team, and previously undefeated Young Harris College. Hunter was another to come to open tryouts and impress coaches enough to make the 2019 roster.
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