STORM ADD CLAY AND OSMANOVIC TO ROSTER
Both active for Sunday’s home game with New Jersey
A pair of physical left-sided players with versatility joined the Chicago Storm this week and will be active Sunday when they host the New Jersey Ironmen at the Sears Centre.
Carlos Clay has been with top-level Brazilian clubs Santos and Flamengo in a career that also has taken him to Spain, Italy and the United States. The 29-year-old trained for a time with the Storm last season and played with the Chicago Fire Premier team.
“He’s got a wealth of experience, and even though he’s new to indoor game, soccer’s soccer in my opinion,” said Storm Head Coach Steve Morris. “He has all the characteristics to adapt quickly to the indoor game – he’s physical, fast, strong, athletic. He’s got a great left foot, defends well and also has the ability to come forward out of the back. He’s got a lot of pieces, now it’s just a matter of adjusting to his new teammates.”
Defender is his most natural position, Morris said, though he could be used elsewhere if needed.
Also likely to be used in the back line on Sunday is Alen Osmanovic, whom Morris coached in Milwaukee in his last season here as an assistant coach.
“As a 19-year-old, he certainly showed he was capable of playing in this league at high level,” Morris said. “He’s a strong, physical type player with the ability to play a number of positions.
“What I like is how he competes, and a great deal of indoor soccer is about that. It’s the 1-v-1 battles, or the mentality of grinding it out when things aren’t easy,” Morris added.
In three seasons and 75 games with the Wave, Osmanovic recorded 21 goals, eight assists and 42 shot blocks. Initially, Osmanovic will fill a role in the back, though he is more naturally a midfielder or second forward.
After almost six weeks away, the Storm return to the Sears Centre for a 3 p.m. kickoff next Sunday against the Milwaukee Wave. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets or by calling the Storm office at 1-866-STORM81 (1-866-786-7681).