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For Immediate Release: October 31, 2006
Contact: David O'Brian (dobrian@binghamton.edu)
Phone: 607-777-6478

Former men's soccer standout Graham Munro signs contract with Baltimore Blast

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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 disclosed.

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 three years.

"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.

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