Friday, April 25, 2008
Press Release www.njironmen.com
For Immediate Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director of Communications
New Jersey Ironmen
FREDERICO MOOJEN WINS
MISL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD
Photographs by Douglas Adams Jr.
Newark, N.J. (Friday, April 25, 2008) - The Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) announced their regular season award winners today, and New Jersey Ironmen forward Frederico Moojen has been selected the 2007-08 MISL Rookie of the Year. The honors go to the Brazilian striker after a stellar first season for the expansion Ironmen.
"I am very thankful to have received this award," Moojen stated after being notified of his accolades. "I have to share this award with everyone on the team because without them, I would never have had the opportunity to be Rookie of the Year."
Finishing out the 2007-08 MISL awards were Most Valuable Player Greg Howes (Milwaukee Wave), Defender of the Year Genoni Martinez (La Raza de Monterrey), Goalkeeper of the Year Sagu (Baltimore Blast) and Coach of the Year Keith Tozer (Milwaukee Wave).
Moojen was second on the Ironmen with 22 goals in the regular season, and he added seven assists for 52 points in 27 games. He led all MISL rookies in both points and goals, and he banked two hat tricks this season. He also registered a two-point score and an assist in the New Jersey quarterfinal playoff series against the Baltimore Blast.
Moojen commented on adjusting to the MISL.
"At first I was concerned if I could adapt to the indoor game," he reflected. "After five games, I began to have a better understanding of the game, and I continued to improve throughout the whole season."
Moojen then made mention on the platform that brought him repeated success this season.
"I played futsal in Brazil, and that made me very comfortable with my feet," he remarked. "The fact that I was closer to the goal indoors also created more opportunities for me to put myself in the best position to score goals and help my team. Additionally, I was also surrounded by a great coach and teammates."
Winning awards is nothing new to the 2007-08 MISL Rookie of the Year. Following a pair of seasons at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tennessee, Moojen was twice named the Gulf South Conference Player of the Year. In his two years suiting up for the Railsplitters, he tallied 48 goals and 109 points, and he was named the 2005 LMU Male Athlete of the Year. His 23 goals in 2005 ranked first in the nation, and his 51 points were second in the country. His solid output led the Railsplitters to their first-ever regular season conference championship that year. The following year, the Brazilian striker transferred to Clemson University and tallied 24 points including 11 goals.
While attending college, Moojen also played two seasons for the Cocoa (Florida) Expos of the USL Premier Development League (PDL). In 2004 he registered ten goals and three assists during his first season with the club, and he led the PDL in goals (18) and points (43) during his second year. In 2006 he was named the PDL Most Valuable Player after recording 18 goals for the Augusta Fireball, winning the league Goal Scoring Championship. In three seasons in the PDL, he tallied 46 goals.
Moojen logged his first action of the 2008 USL-1 season on Thursday night as his Minnesota Thunder fell to the Portland Timbers in a tight contest, 2-1. After spending the 2007 USL-1 season with the Vancouver Whitecaps, Moojen signed with Minnesota this past week. The Thunder are currently traveling to Canada to play his old team in Vancouver on Saturday night.
The 2007-08 MISL season will conclude this Saturday in the Championship Series Final between La Raza de Monterrey and the Baltimore Blast. The two clubs are set to battle at U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee in a one-game final with kickoff slated for 7:00 p.m. The game will be aired live on Fox Soccer Channel.
ABOUT THE NEW JERSEY IRONMEN
The New Jersey Ironmen, operated by Jeff Vanderbeek and Michael Gilfillan of the NHL New Jersey Devils ownership group, join the Baltimore Blast, California Cougars, Chicago Storm, Detroit Ignition, Milwaukee Wave, La Raza de Monterrey (MX), Orlando Sharks, and the Philadelphia KiXX in the 2007-08 MISL regular season, which commenced in mid-October and will conclude at the end of March. The Ironmen play a 15-match home schedule at Prudential Center in the Downtown Core Redevelopment District of Newark. The Ironmen are coached by two-time MISL Coach of the Year Omid Namazi and Assistant Coach Kevin Sloan. For more information on the New Jersey Ironmen, visit www.njironmen.com.
ABOUT THE MISL
The Major Indoor Soccer League, a single-entity organization with a coast-to-coast presence, represents the major league of professional indoor soccer, featuring the finest indoor soccer players from 32 countries around the world. The nine MISL clubs competing in the 2007-08 season are the Baltimore Blast, California Cougars, Chicago Storm, 2007 championship finalist Detroit Ignition, Milwaukee Wave, and the defending MISL Champion Philadelphia KiXX, with the addition of three expansion clubs, La Raza de Monterrey, New Jersey Ironmen, and the Orlando Sharks. The standings for the 2007-08 regular season are based on a single table of the nine Member Clubs. The MISL regular season commenced on the weekend of October 19-21, 2007 and concludes on the weekend of April 4-6, 2008. Each Club plays a thirty-match (30) regular-season schedule (15 home / 15 away). The 2008 MISL Championship Series consists of six of the nine MISL Member Clubs competing in three rounds, the Quarterfinal Round (April 11-13), the Semifinal Round (April 18-20), and the Championship Series Final (April 26) at U.S. Cellular Arena in Milwaukee. For more information on the MISL, visit the League's official website www.MISL.net.