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USL notes: North Carolina FC signs academy product Comsia to pro deal

Dave Sarachan speaks to the media after being introduced as the next head coach of North Carolina FC on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2018 in Cary, N.C. (Mitchell Northam / Pro Soccer USA)

North Carolina FC added a familiar face to its USL Championship squad ahead of the upcoming season.

The club signed Alex Comsia, an NCFC and Vancouver Whitecaps academy product and University of North Carolina player, to a professional contract Friday after a successful preseason trial.

The 22-year-old Canadian defender is making the jump to the professional ranks after four years at UNC where he twice played in the College Cup, was named an All-American and named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

“I knew about Alex when I first came on board and we started looking at candidates from the MLS Combine,” NCFC head coach Dave Sarachan said in a statement. “He’s certainly a great example of a guy who has put in the work in the club system and has an opportunity to be part of our first team.”

Between his seasons at UNC, Comisa played with NCFC’s U-23 team from 2015 through 2017, which competed in the PDL. Prior to his college and PDL career, Comisa came up in the Vancouver Whitecaps academy.

Comisa has also featured for Canadian national team at the youth level, making eight appearances for its U-17 side and playing in nine matches for the U-20 side. He helped Canada win third place in the 2013 Concacaf U-17 championships.

Championship Notes

  • Nashville SC announced Friday that it had signed Dutch midfielder Vinnie Vermeer to a contract for the 2019 season after a successful trial. Vermeer, 23, came up in the academy of PSV Eindhoven and signed his first professional deal at the age of 16. He typically features in the spine of the midfield and has tallied five goals and two assists in 74 professional matches. He will wear No. 8 for Nashville.
  • Birmingham Legion FC announced Thursday that it had bolstered its goalkeeping depth, signing Trevor Spangenberg to a multi-year deal. The 27-year-old American spent last season with the Richmond Kickers and has also featured for Puerto Rico FC and Chivas USA.

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