Baltimore Kings News Release - www.baltimorekings.com
Tuesday March 1, 2016
BALTIMORE, MD - Baltimore Kings U-23 staff announced that the Kings have completed the signing of 23-year-old American midfielder Pete Ostergren.
In signing Ostergren, the Kings will begin signing a core group of players for the 2016 summer season consisting of collegiate players home for summer as well as elite amateur players with professional aspirations.
Ostergren: "I'm honored to be able to be apart of this club and this team this upcoming summer. I have full confidence that we are going to have a successful summer inaugural season as our team learns, bonds, and progresses together."
The college junior who has trained with several professional soccer teams in 2014 and 2015 recently transferred in the fall of 2015 to Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts. In 2015 he starred as a center midfielder, leading the team to its best record in program history since 1997. In 2015, he was named to the Academic All-Commonwealth Coast Conference Team and received the Commonwealth Coast Conference Sportsmanship Award.
"Pete embodies everything that we are looking for in a player. His work-ethic and intangibles are second to none. He demands excellence from himself and everyone around him each time he steps on the field."
Ostergren began his college career at Geneva College under former Crystal Palace Baltimore/Goucher College coach and Messiah grad Gary Dunda. At Geneva, his team made it to the PAC Conference Finals as a freshman and PAC Semifinals as a sophomore.
In high school, Pete Ostergren was an All-MIAA standout at Annapolis Area Christian School in Severn, MD, playing his club soccer with Nike Rush and Severna Park.
The U-23 Team will begin play in the summer of 2016 in the NAL under coaches EJ Jackson, Ansger Otto, and Joe Prince.
The next U-23 Team tryout will be held on April 3, 2016.
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The Baltimore Kings Pro Team will operate as an independent, event-based club and will play their first professional game in the Summer of 2017.
Players on the U-23 will not be paid, thus retaining their NCAA eligibility.
Players on the Pro Team in 2017 will be paid, thus forfeiting their NCAA eligibility.
For more information about upcoming U-23 and Pro Team tryouts, youth teams, camps, training programs, adult competitive teams, and adult recreational teams, visit us at www.baltimorekings.com.