Four John Brown Golden Eagles Return to Charlotte

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

John Brown University Foursome Return to Charlotte

Charlotte, NC – The Charlotte Eagles are excited to announce the return of four John Brown Golden Eagles who will be returning to Charlotte to play in the PDL this summer. Gio Bejarano, Kelvin Omondi, Collin Smith, and Ryan Williams all are set to return as the Eagles embark on their 25th season of soccer.

Gio Bejarano, a native of Medellin, Colombia started 18 of the 19 games the Golden Eagles played in 2016. Bejarano added five goals on 17 shots from his defensive position. He also helped lead a back line that recorded 11 shutouts in his Sophomore season.

Kelvin Omondi, is from Kitale, Kenya was John Brown’s leading scorer with 15 goals and nine assists in 19 games total. The Sophomore winger also led the team with 54 shots on goal.

Collin Smith, started all 19 games for the Golden Eagles in 2016. He added four goals and four assists from his central midfield position as well as helped anchor a strong defense that registered 11 shutouts. The Junior from Houston, Texas will also be a leader for Coach Dixon this summer in Charlotte off the field where he will help with the Urban Eagles program.

Ryan Williams, the Sophomore from Mililani, Hawaii tied for second in points on the team, behind Eagles teammmate Kelvin Omondi, with eight goals and 10 assists for 26 points. 

“We’re excited to bring back these four players,” said Charlotte Eagles General Manager Andrew Pierce. “They all bring something unique to the table both on and off the field. Gio stepped up for us late last season, especially in the playoff game as he came on as an injury sub early in the match. Kelvin had a great fall at John Brown and we hope he continues that form here this summer. Collin is a great leader and we are expecting the same big things he brought to John Brown here for us this summer. Ryan led his team with 10 assists so we’re expecting him to bring that playmaking ability he showcased last summer back again this year.”

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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