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LYNX ADD FORMER MLS FIREPOWER!
Tuesday, April 26, 2005 [TORONTO, ON] - The Toronto Lynx Soccer Club have added some firepower to their offense today with the acquisition midfielder/forward, Winston Griffiths, on a season-long loan from Jamaican National Premier League Club, Arnett Gardens. Griffiths is a member of the Jamaican National Team player pool having earned 26 international caps and scoring 4 goals for his country.
"Winston adds to our creative midfield talent," explained Head Coach, Hubert Busby Jr. "He is a versatile player that can play multiple positions across the midfield and also up front if necessary. He will be a big addition to our offense."
After beginning his North American professional career with the now defunct Connecticut Wolves of the USL First Division, Griffiths enjoyed success in MLS in 2002 and 2003 playing with the Los Angeles Galaxy, New York/New Jersey Metrostars and New England Revolution with whom he reached the MLS Finals in 2002. Following his MLS stint, Griffiths returned to the USL First Division last season playing with the Vancouver Whitecaps, scoring 2 goals and adding 5 assists in 23 matches, helping the Whitecaps reach the Western Conference Finals. Griffiths will join his Lynx team mates this week pending international clearance and will make his debut with the club this upcoming weekend.
MUNTHALI EARNS TEAM OF THE WEEK HONOURS
Lynx defender, Rumba Munthali, was selected to the first edition of the USL First Division Team of the Week for the 2005 season. The Brampton resident was solid defensively in the Lynx 0-0 draw at Vancouver on last Sunday. The honour was Munthali's first as a member of the Lynx.
LYNX TO FACE TEST AGAINST RICHMOND KICKERS & VIRGINIA BEACH MARINERS
Following a western swing that saw the Lynx drop a 3-0 result in Portland before rallying for a 0-0 draw in Vancouver, Toronto will continue on the road this weekend as they take on the Richmond Kickers and Virginia Beach Mariners on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 respectively. Richmond are off to a quick start to the season, winning 2 of their first 3 matches to jump into a first place tie. The Kickers have received outstanding play from forwards Matthew Delicate and Kevin Jeffery. Delicate has scored 3 goals in his first three matches and ranks second in the USL First Division in goals and points, while Jeffery has been the main supplier with 2 assists and 1 goal in 3 games. Coming off their first shutout of the season in Vancouver, the Lynx defense will again face a stern test against the high powered Kickers' attack.
Virginia Beach have not come out of the gate as quickly as their cross-state rivals. However, the Mariners did manage their first win of the season edging the Kickers 1-0 last Saturday. The Mariners are always a dangerous offensive team having finished in the top 5 in USL First Division scoring in each of the past two seasons. Despite the loss of two-time All-A-League selection, Dante Washington, to MLS, the Mariners still boast an impressive roster including Hamisi Amani-Dove who recorded 16 points last season and David Castellanos who managed 5 goals in 14 matches for the Minnesota Thunder.
"Richmond is off to a great start," says Busby. "They are always a contender for the championship and Richmond is a difficult place to play. Virginia Beach is also a quality organization and another back-to-back will be a big test for us. We will build on our performances last weekend at training and hope for a result on the road."
The Lynx will continue on the road on May 6th and 7th to Charleston and Atlanta before local fans can finally catch them in action at home. The home opener will take place at Centennial Park Stadium on Sunday, May 15th at 1pm when the Lady Lynx kick off their inaugural season followed by the Lynx match at 4:00 when they welcome the defending USL First Division Champion Montreal Impact. With Lynx management providing a great ticket offer of two games for the price of one, this match is almost sold out! For ticket information call 416-251-4625 ext. 31 or visit www.lynxsoccer.com.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
DAVE NUTT -- MEDIA & PUBLIC RELATIONS, TORONTO LYNX SOCCER CLUB
416-251-4625 ext. 25
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