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Trio of Former Flames Ink Pro Contracts
Telesford inked a contract with the Puerto Rico Islanders of the United Soccer League (USL) Division 1, while Burklo and Bumbut have both agreed to terms with USL Division II clubs. Burklo will suit up with the Wilmington Hammerheads, while Bumbut will play for the Richmond Kickers.
"I'm excited for each of these guys, as they have found environments conducive for their growth as professionals," stated Liberty Head Coach Jeff Alder. "Each of them are starting and impacting their teams in a positive way. I feel they will represent Liberty University and our program in the right way, and use their soccer abilities as a platform to share their faith with others."
Telesford, a defender/midfielder with the Flames from 2003-06, finished his four-year career at Liberty by being named to the 2006 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-South Atlantic Region First Team for the second straight year. During his four years, he was named to four successive Big South All-Conference teams. In 2006, he was named the Premier Development League Defender of the Year. Last season, he taken in the Major League Soccer (MLS) Supplemental Draft by the Chicago Fire, playing in several matches with the Fire. He also has participated in several matches with the Trinidad and Tobago National squad.
Burklo completed his Liberty career in 2005. During his four seasons with the Flames, he proved to be very versatile as he played as a forward, a midfielder and a defender. In 70 career games, Burklo netted seven goals and assisted on 13 others. He capped his time at Liberty by being named to the 2005 Big South All-Conference second team. In 2006, he played professionally with the Cincinnati Kings of the USL and last season, played for Atlantis FC of the Ykkonen, the second-highest professional division in Finland.
Bumbut finished his Flames career this past fall. The foward helped lead Liberty to its first-ever Big South Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Men's Soccer College Cup in 2007. He completed his career ranked fourth on the Liberty all-time points list with 79 markers, while tying for fourth on the school's all-time goals list with 32. Bumbut garnered 2007 All-South Atlantic Region second-team honors this fall, after leading the Flames in scoring for the third straight year. In addition, the 2007 All-Big South and VaSID All-State first-team member was taken in the 2007 MLS Supplemental Draft in the second round by the Chicago Fire.