USL PRO All-League Second-Team Member Inks Multi-Year Deal
PEORIA, Ariz. (Tuesday, October 21, 2014) – Arizona United Soccer Club makes its first marquee signing of the off-season by inking forward Long Tan to a multi-year deal, the team announces today. USL PRO and USSF must approve the signing.
The signing of Tan – a member of the 2014 USL PRO’s All-League Second Team – sets into motion what promises to be a busy offseason for Arizona United SC, which completed its inaugural season in the USL PRO during the 2014 campaign.
“We focused our energy in ensuring that Long Tan would be part of our club for many years to come,” said General Manager Kevin Stevenson. “We believe Long is a player we will build a playoff team around. Long is a fan favorite and in just two short months established himself as one of the best players in USL PRO.”
Tan originally signed with Arizona United Soccer Club in July and provided an immediate impact. In just 12 matches played, Tan finished tied for the team lead in goals scored with five, and led the team in shots with 32. With Tan, Arizona United Soccer Club increased its goals per game average by nearly double, going from 0.88 to 1.58.
After Tan joined the club, it posted a 6-4-2 record and made a late playoff push – including closing the season with a four-game winning streak against USL PRO opponents. Arizona United SC ultimately ended with the season with the club finishing one position shy of the eighth and final playoff spot.
Tan was named to the 2014 USL PRO All-League Second Team despite playing in only 12 matches.
Tan, 26, joined Arizona United SC after appearing in seven matches for the Chinese Football Associations Super League’s Harbin Yiteng FC in 2014.
Born in Dalian, Liaoning, China, Tan played for the Shanghai United FC U-18′s before he made his professional debut for Pudong Zubon F.C. in 2007-08.
Tan becomes the first player currently under contract with Arizona United SC for the 2015 campaign. The team expects the announcing of additional signings in the coming weeks.
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Full Name: Long Tan
Date of Birth: April 1, 1988
Hometown: Dalian, China
Height: 6′ 1″
Weight: 170 lbs.