READING, PA (April 19, 2017) – Reading United’s offense got a major boost as the club announced the return of Hugo Delhommelle, Paul Marie and Frantzdy Pierrot, three players that were integral to the club’s run to the 2016 Premier Development League Mid-Atlantic Division championship. Pending league approval, United boss Stephen Hogan will have a dangerous triple threat at his disposal for the 2017 PDL campaign. The trio combined for 14 goals in 2016 and will bring veteran leadership to the club as it looks to build upon last season’s success.
Midfielder Hugo Delhommelle was ever present in United’s 2016 squad. The midfielder featured in 13 games for United Head Coach Stephen Hogan throughout the 2016 campaign, scoring three goals. The native of Rennes, France shows excellent poise on the ball and has great vision to help link play.
Following his successful spell with Reading, Delhommelle excelled in his sophomore season at Lander University. The Bearcats midfielder scored seven goals and recorded eight assists in route to earning All-Peach Belt Conference and second team All-American honors. In the offseason, Delhommelle transferred to Syracuse University, a powerhouse in the always competitive Atlantic Coast Conference.
Paul Marie returns for his third season with United. The talented French midfielder will look to build upon his successful 2016 season when he led Reading with seven goals in ten appearances. Marie had the goal of the season for United in 2016, scoring a last second game-winning goal to help sink arch rivals Ocean City in front of a raucous crowd at Exeter’s Don Thomas Stadium.
The Saint Aubindes Bois, France native followed up his outstanding PDL campaign by earning All-Conference USA First Team honors for Florida International. Listed as a defender for FIU, Marie scored three goals and recorded an assist for the Panthers in 2016. Marie has also featured for Ligue 1 side SM Caen’s Under 19 squad as well as the French Under-16 National Team.
Frantzdy Pierrot had a breakout debut season for Reading in 2016. The hulking center forward was the focal point of United’s attack in 2016, creating match-up nightmares for opposing defenses as they tried to deal with the Haitian’s size, speed and strength. Pierrot recorded four goals and four assists in 13 appearances during United’s run to the division crown.
In his junior season with Coastal Carolina University, Pierrot registered eight goals and five assists, earning All-Sun Belt Conference honors. In March, Pierrot was called into the Haitian National Soccer Team and represented his country in a Gold Cup playoff match against Nicaragua.
The 2017 Reading United season kicks off on Wednesday, May 10th at Exeter's Don Thomas Stadium. The club is set to face Clarkstown SC Eagles in the First Round of the 104th edition of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, kickoff is set for 7:30pm. The 2017 PDL season begins on Saturday, May 13th when United host their in-state rivals Lehigh Valley United at Don Thomas Stadium.
Paul Marie returns for his third season with Reading United, having scored 12 goals in 21 matches for the club. (Photo credit: Dave Musante/Penn Images)
Frantzdy Pierrot was the focal point of United's attack in 2017, scoring 4 goals & registering 4 assists. (Photo credit: Dave Musante/Penn Images)