Eagles Add Four Defensive Returners for 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017
Charlotte Adds Four More Returners for 2017 PDL Season
Charlotte, NC – The Charlotte Eagles have added four more returning players for the 2017 PDL Season. Goalkeeper James Pyle, Defenders Douglas Oliveira, Curren Page, and Dani Siaj bring the total of returners for head coach Dave Dixon up to eight for next summer.
James Pyle, a native of Charlotte, will be back for his third season as an Eagle. In 2015 he was recognized as one of the Top 10 Goalkeepers in the PDL. “James is a quality goalkeeper and when in form he is one of the best in the league,” said Charlotte Eagles Head Coach Dave Dixon. “Excited to have him back for a third season in Charlotte.” Pyle finished his redshirt-sophomore season at UNC-Chapel Hill with a record of 14-3-4, with a .45 goals against average and recorded 13 shutouts for the Tar Heels.
Douglas Oliveira, originally from Campinas, Brazil is back for his second season in Charlotte. The Brazilian transferred from John Brown University to Indiana Wesleyan University and sat out the 2016-17 season. While at John Brown Oliveira started 32 of his 33 career games while adding four goals from his center back position. Dixon added “Excited to have Douglas back for a second season, he is a very good passer and great in the air. He had a few injuries that limited his playing time with us last season. When healthy he can be a top center back in our league.”
Curren Page, another local product is from Waxhaw, NC and plays his college soccer at the University of Pittsburgh. “Curren is very versatile, with the ability to play on either side of the field in the back or in the midfield. He fits well with how we want to play.” Dixon said. Page, who just finished his sophomore season for the Panthers, has played in 30 games and recorded one goal and two assists while playing mostly outside back and defensive midfield. The former Cuthbertson Cavalier will look to bolster Coach Dixon’s back line in the 2017 PDL season.
Dani Siaj, originally from Madrid, Spain, has finished his stellar collegiate career at Pfeiffer University and returns to Charlotte in 2017. “Dani is a good leader and has great experience both from college and with us last season,” added Dixon. “We expect him to be a presence for us in the back as a leader.” The 6’1 175-pound center back stalwart for Pfeiffer started 64 of 65 career games for the Falcons, including 20 of the 25 games the Falcons won in 2015 while going 25-0 en route to the National Championship. Siaj also helped lead a back line that recorded 33 shutouts in his three seasons at Pfeiffer.
The Charlotte Eagles will find out their 2017 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup opponent on April 12th with the opening match being held on Wednesday, May 10th. The 2017 PDL season kicks off at home against longtime rival Wilmington Hammerheads at Charlotte Christian School on Saturday, May 13th.
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