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The New York Rumble announced today the re-signing of three veteran players returning for 2016: Scott Xu, Charlie Patten and Marques Brownlee.
Just before their first open tryout this weekend, the New York Rumble announced the re-signing of three defenders from their 2015 roster.
Scott Xu returns to the Rumble for a second season, having joined the team in 2015. Xu, while only 23 years old, brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership to a traditionally young Rumble squad. After a successful ultimate career in high school, Xu made a name for himself at Rutgers University, captaining their team to their first ever College Nationals appearance. Xu is known as a young hybrid player who can do damage both with his speed and his throws.
Charlie Patten, joins Xu as another returning piece of the Rumble defense. Known as a steadying presence even as a rookie on the 2015 roster, the Georgetown graduate will be looked to as a leader in the clubhouse as well as on the field. “I think we just have to focus on fundamentals and making offense easy on ourselves,” Patten said after the 2015 season, “We frequently had execution errors on both the throwing and catching ends of those situations or were forcing very difficult throws that are near impossible to complete on a consistent basis. I think spending more time together in the preseason to iron those things out would be very beneficial.”
Marques Brownlee, at just 22 years old is already a force on the field, using his speed and length to give opposing offenses grief. Over his two year career with the Rumble, Marques has tallied 13 goals, 4 assists and an impressive 16 blocks. Look for Marques to take an even bigger role as he enters his third season in 2016. These three veterans, all under the age of 25 signify a continuation of the youth movement that New York started in 2015.
The team is expected to announce additional signings in the next few days, with the team’s first tryout this Saturday (1/16).