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Defender, Midfielder Bringing Talents to Oklahoma City

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – Rayo OKC of the North American Soccer League (NASL) has signed two more players to contract for the 2016 season.

Defender Erick Norales and midfielder Jarad Van Schaik (SHAKE) will join Rayo OKC for its inaugural season in the NASL.

Norales spent the past two seasons playing in the NASL, while Van Schaik played in the United Soccer League (USL) for the past three years.

We are excited to announce the signings of Erick (Norales) and Jarad (Van Schaik),” said Rayo OKC Head Coach Alen Marcina. “We have added two players with proven leadership, both of whom have captained their former club.”

Erick Norales

Norales comes to Rayo OKC after playing for Indy Eleven in 2014 and 2015. Before playing in the NASL, the 30-year-old La Ceiba, Honduras native played in the Honduran Liga Nacional from 2008 through 2013.

The 5-11 defender played for Vida for one season and Marathon for five seasons in the Honduran league.

Norales has also made 29 appearances for the Honduran National Team, including the 2011 and 2014 Copa Centroamericana and in the 2009 and 2013 CONCACAF.

Jarad Van Schaik

Van Schaik comes to Rayo OKC after spending the past three seasons in the USL playing for Charleston Battery, where he was a team captain.

Before playing in the USL, the 27-year-old Portland, Ore. native played in the NASL for the Puerto Rico Islanders in 2012 and 2013.

The 6-1 midfielder played four years of college soccer at the University of Portland, where he was selected to the West Coast Conference All-Freshmen Team in 2007 and to the WCC All-Conference First Team in 2009 and 2010 as a junior and senior.

 

Rayo OKC opens its inaugural season at home versus FC Edmonton at Miller Stadium on April 2.  Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 405-232-RAYO (7296) or by visiting www.rayookc.com.

 

About Rayo OKC

Rayo OKC is a member club of the North American Soccer League (NASL). The team is based in Oklahoma City and will begin its inaugural season in 2016 and play its home games in Yukon, Okla. At Yukon High School’s Miller Stadium. The club has common ownership with Rayo Vallecano de Madrid of Spain’s first division, La Liga.

 

About the NASL

The North American Soccer League (NASL) is a professional men's soccer league with 12 teams - nine in the United States and two in Canada. It is sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation (U.S. Soccer) as the Division II league in the American League system, under Major League Soccer (MLS) and above the USL (formerly, USL Pro). It is headquartered in New York City.

 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Kyle Salomon

Director of Public and Media Relations

Office: 405-232-RAYO (7296) Ext. 107

Mobile: 918-231-0787

Email: ksalomon@rayookc.com

 




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