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December 28, 2016
Lions re-sign forward Darlan Rocha, defender, goalkeeper

Forward Darlan Rocha, whose goal in a 1-0 win over the Rhode Island Reds clinched a playoff place for Boston City FC in its first season, has re-signed with the team.

Defender Ralph Angrand and goalkeeper Estive Sosa have also signed, BCFC announced Wednesday.

Rocha, 29, who played at Framingham High School and Union (Tenn.) University, joined Boston City late in the NPSL season, scoring in a 3-2 home win over the Reds and again with a playoff spot at stake.

“Darlan proved when he came into the team late last season that he is a real asset to our squad,” said Boston City FC coach Palhinha. “He scored two very important goals home and away against Rhode Island, which put us into the playoffs. He has waited a long time to play at this level and is hungry to score more goals.”

Rocha, 29, played soccer at Union University in Tennessee and has also played with the Boston Bulldogs and with Atletico Mineiro in Brazil. He played at EE Luciados Santos High School in his native Belo Horizonte.

Sosa, 27, who is from Chelsea and played at Bunker Hill Community College and UMass Boston and is now a Beacons’ assistant, started one game (at Brooklyn Italians) and was a back up to All-NPSL second team selection Vitor Scariot.

“Estive is in the unenviable position of playing for a team that has one of the best goalkeepers in the NPSL who kept him out of the starting line-up, but he showed great loyalty to Boston City last season and we are delighted that he has re-signed with us,” Palhinha said. “He is a true professional in the way he prepares for every match and with his coaching experience with UMass Boston, he is a real asset to the team.”

Angrand, 23, who played in five gams last season, performed for Haiti’s U-17 team, captained the Hyde Park High School team, and also competed for Global Premier Soccer’s academy, the New England Rush and Mass United FC.

“Ralph waited patiently for his chance last season and stepped into the back four when we needed to retain our stability at a time when we were pushing for the playoffs,” Palhinha said. “He has a great opportunity to make himself a valuable member of the Boston City squad.”

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