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Friday, February 9th, 2007

United Soccer League All-star Jamie Dodds has chosen Hamilton Croatia as his destination for the upcoming 2007 season.

Dodds, 26, is a Hamilton native who played for the Toronto Lynx in the USL’s top division last season, one step below North America’s highest league, the MLS.

The attacking midfielder played college soccer for Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh, where he earned First Team All-Northeast Conference honours from 2001-2003. He spent the last three seasons with the Toronto Lynx.

“I am excited to be joining a club that has such passionate players and fans, and I can’t wait for the season to get underway. I think this team has great potential, and we will all be playing our hearts out this summer during the clubs 50th Anniversary”, said Dodds.

Newly hired head coach Ronnie Davidson was instrumental in acquiring Dodds.

“It’s nice to have Doddsy playing for me again. It’s been four years since I last coached him with Oakville Allfield of the OSL Provincial Division. He’s a tremendous talent that will strengthen our midfield considerably”.

Drafted to the USL in 2004, Dodds finished his rookie season with Toronto in the top five in games and minutes played. He had an even better second year being named the Lynx Most Valuable Player, leading the team in scoring with six goals and three assists. In April 2006, he re-signed with Toronto to a one-year contract and earned the team’s Top Offensive Player award with six goals and seven assists.

He also represented Toronto in the USL All-Star Game in North Carolina, alongside league stars such as former Brazilian nationals Romario and Zinho from Miami FC, and Canadian national defender Gabe Gervais of the Montreal Impact. They played to a 0-0 draw against English League Championship side Sheffield Wednesday.

“I’m looking forward to joining the Croatian community in more ways than one. I am currently engaged to a Croatian girl who was born and raised in Zagreb. Playing for such a celebrated team in it’s 50th year will give me the opportunity to learn more about the Croatian heritage”, added Dodds. “We just came back from a trip to Zagreb over the Christmas holidays…it was amazing.”

Dodds joins a Hamilton Croatia squad that already boasts a bundle of talent, including last year’s OSL South Region goal-scoring leader J.J. Grubisic, and reigning 2006 rookie of the year Adam Petrina.

“Jamie comes to our club entering the prime of his career, and the Hammer-Headz will be able to see him grow and compete with our club. This is the biggest signing for our club since bringing in former Croatian First Division midfielder Nediljko Simic four years ago. The difference here is that we are getting Jamie at age 25”, said Club President Mark Vuksan.

“We’re hoping that the addition of Jamie to our squad will help bring our ‘A’ Team to the next level”, added Ante Culina, the Club’s Director of Soccer Operations.

Everyone’s first look at Jamie with his new team will come this Sunday at the teams first training session at Soccer World Hamilton at 11 a.m.




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