Immediate Release: October 31, 2006
Contact: David O'Brian (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Former men's soccer standout Graham Munro signs contract with
VESTAL, N.Y.-- Former Binghamton
men's soccer standout Graham Munro, who was selected by
the Baltimore Blast in the third round of the Major Indoor Soccer
League (MISL) college draft last March, has made the final roster
and signed a professional contract. Terms of the deal were not
The Baltimore Blast is the defending MISL champion and will open
up its season on Nov. 7 at the Detroit Ignition. Last season
marked the squad's fourth overall league title (1984, 2003 and
2004 were the other championship seasons).
"We are very happy with Graham's ability and attitude,"
Baltimore Blast General Manager Kevin Healey said. "With
additional indoor training, he will be a valuable memeber of
our 2007 (squad) and we are looking forward to being a member
of our team for a long time to come."
"I'm delighted to sign with the Blast," Munro said.
"Ever since the draft (in March), I have been preparing
for this. I want to personally thank Binghamton for giving me
the chance to play for them the last four years. Without the
success we've had, this never would have happened to me."
In the four years Munro was with the program, Binghamton won
the 2003 America East championship and was the runner up in 2004
and 2005. In addition, Binghamton advanced to the second round
of the 2003 NCAA Tournament and was also nationally ranked by
both the NSCAA and College Soccer News the past two seasons.
Following his senior season, Munro was named third-team All-America
by College Soccer News. He was the first Binghamton men's
soccer player to be named All-America since the program moved
up to the Division I level prior to the 2002 season.
Munro, who was a three-time America East Defender of the Year
(2003-05), was also been named first-team all-conference in each
of his four seasons at Binghamton. On the regional level, Munro
was named to the NSCAA/ New York Region first team his final
"We are thrilled that Graham can continue his playing career
professionally, especially with a great organization like the
Blast," head coach Paul Marco said. "For our program,
this is a significant accomplishment and a sign of the success
we have had over the years."
Munro is the first Binghamton
Athlete to be drafted and signed by an American professional
sports league since former baseball pitcher Jeff Montani signed
with the Baltimore Orioles organization in 2001. The last soccer
player to compete on the professional level in the United States
was Mike Kuryla, who signed with Syracuse of the American Soccer
League in 1973.