Earlier this season Wilmington Hammerheads FC publicly addressed their commitment to player development and jump starting young players on the path to a professional career. The Hammerheads announced they have signed 17-year-old Kyle Gurrieri to an amateur contract for the remainder of the 2015 USL season.
Gurrieri, a member of the New Jersey Cedar Stars Academy, traveled to Wilmington in July to train with the club while being fully integrated into a professional environment. Utilizing the relationship with the Cedar Stars Academy, driven by Wilmington Hammerheads FC Owner George Altirs, Gurrieri has been given a platform to showcase his abilities and the opportunity young players strive to grasp.
“He has earned the chance to wear the jersey and we are happy to have played a small part in his development this summer and reward him with this opportunity,” said Wilmington Hammerheads FC Technical Director and Head Coach Carson Porter. “Kyle has earned the respect of all of his teammates and has been accepted as a member of the team, despite being 15 years younger than some of the players on the roster.”
Gurrieri made his first appearance over the weekend for Wilmington in a 2-0 setback to New York Red Bulls II. He is committed to playing at Syracuse University next year and will likely see playing time during Thursday’s match against Charlotte Independence. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Legion Stadium.