Hammerheads add rookie midfielder, UNCW standout lands in Kansas City

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As recruiting efforts continue under first-year coach Mark Briggs, Wilmington Hammerheads FC announced the addition of Logan Miller to its 2016 United Soccer League (USL) regular season roster.

Miller is a young midfielder making the jump to the USL after playing one year in the USL PDL [Premier Development League] for the Kitsap Pumas. Last season, he helped lead the Pumas to an undefeated regular season, the PDL Northwest Division Championship as well as the 2015 Ruffneck Scarves Cup.

Logan Miller. Photo courtesy- Wilmington Hammerheads FC.
Logan Miller. Photo courtesy- Wilmington Hammerheads FC.

“I’m excited to be taking the next step in my professional career by joining the Hammerheads and the USL,” said Miller. “The USL is a hard league to get into and I feel very lucky and fortunate. North Carolina is a great soccer state with a fantastic atmosphere and I expect Wilmington to be no different. I also got to know Coach Briggs and I was very impressed by him.  He is very knowledgeable and demands respect on the field.”

Miller is a versatile player who has played both midfield and center forward in his career. He was the Pumas’ leading scorer last season, netting six goals, while also adding two assists in 12 games.

“Logan impressed me at a combine in Fort Lauderdale with his desire and determination,” said Briggs. “He showed a hunger that I want in every Hammerheads player. He will be a valuable asset to the club this year and will push hard for a starting position.”

While addition announcements are expected over the coming weeks as Wilmington prepares for its 20165 slate, former UNCW standout Jacob VanCompernolle has also been signed by Swope Park Rangers ahead of the team’s inaugural season in the USL.

VanCompernolle was a four-year letter winner at UNCW and started all 25 games for Oklahoma City Energy during his rookie year as a professional soccer player. The defender from Dallas, Texas made 74 total appearances for the Seahawks, adding eight goals and nine assists.

The 22-year-old helped the OKC side finish second in the USL Western Conference and clinch a first-ever playoff berth for the franchise.

“I am blessed to have the opportunity to join the Swope Park Rangers,” VanCompernolle said. “The expectations for this organization are high, and I’m excited to play a part in making this a successful inaugural season.”

Swope Park Rangers are owned by Major League Soccer’s Sporting KC (Kansas City). There are currently 11 teams owned and operated by an MLS franchise.