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Soccer Spotlight:
KiXX Defender Jeremy Aldrich Voted to All-Rookie Team
Butler University Graduate Honored for his On-Field Performance

Thursday, April 29, 2004

By David Deal
Philadelphia KiXX Director of Communitions

The Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) announced today that Philadelphia KiXX defender Jeremy Aldrich has been voted to the MISL All-Rookie Team. Aldrich accompanies the Adauto Neto and Adam Guren of the Cleveland Force, Dallas Sidekicks’ Shaun David, and the Kansas City Comets’ Sanaldo and Jamar Beasley. The selections are the results of voting conducted by a panel of team-level executives and media members from around the MISL.

Aldrich made considerable contributions both in the KiXX backline and on the offensive end of the floor in his rookie season. He blocked one shot versus the San Diego Sockers on October 4, his first official action with Philadelphia. Aldrich then recorded his first point as a member of the KiXX with an assist in the club’s home-opening victory versus the Baltimore on November 1, and then posted his first career multi-point game with a goal and assist (two points) versus the Cleveland Force on November 8. The native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, concluded the 2003-04 campaign with 10 points on five goals and five assists, while blocking 15 shots in 32 contests.

Philadelphia acquired the rights to the Butler University graduate from the St. Louis Steamers in a three-team deal that also included the Baltimore Blast on August 26, 2003. The 27-year old defender made his professional indoor debut as a member of the Milwaukee Wave in 2002-03, appearing in only the final contest of the season. As such, he was considered a rookie in every statistical category.

Prior to joining the KiXX, Aldrich played two seasons with the Miami Fusion (1999-2000) of Major League Soccer (MLS) and one each with the A-League’s Indiana Blast (2001) and the Milwaukee Rampage (2002), before competing with the Milwaukee Wave United for the 2003 campaign. His 1,365 minutes played in 1999 with Miami ranked fifth among MLS rookies. In 2002 with the Milwaukee Rampage, he tallied nine points on three goals and three assists, while leading the team in minutes played (2,435) in 26 games that season.

Earlier in the week, the MISL announced that Philadelphia KiXX defender Pat Morris and goalkeeper Peter Pappas were voted to the All-MISL First Team, while player/coach Don D’Ambra was selected to the League’s Second Team.

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