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FC Tampa Bay signs three players

TAMPA — With a little less than two weeks remaining until FC Tampa Bay's regular-season opener, the 2011 roster is steadily taking shape.

The team announced Monday it signed three players — defender Omar Jarun and forwards Warren Ukah and Matt Clare — to increase the number of players under contract to 19.

Claire has been in preseason camp as a trialist and scored FC Tampa Bay's tying goal in the 86th minute of a 1-1 preseason tie against Sweden First Division club BK Hacken.

Jarun, who will help fill the void left by the season-ending knee injury to defender Yendry Diaz, played in the Polish First League. He was also a key member of the Vancouver Whitecaps' USL First Division championship team in 2008.

Ukah played the past two seasons with Minnesota and Rochester. He made 11 starts for Minnesota last season.

The contracts for all three include club options for 2012.

In other NASL news, David Downs will be the new commissioner. Downs, who takes over next week, was most recently the executive director of the USA bid committee to draw the World Cup here in 2018 and 2022. Prior to that he spent more than three decades as a TV executive with ABC Sports and Univision.

FC Tampa Bay opens its season April 9 against Montreal at Al Lang Field.

FC Tampa Bay signs three players 03/28/11 [Last modified: Monday, March 28, 2011 3:41pm]

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