Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today the additions of midfielder/striker Paulo Jr., as well as strikers Tom Heinemann and Corey Hertzog. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.
Tom Heinemann – Whitecaps FC striker
Scored three goals and added one assist in two seasons with Columbus Crew. Played part of the 2010 season under head coach Martin Rennie at Carolina RailHawks
Heinemann, 25, joins Whitecaps FC after spending the past two seasons with Eastern Conference side Columbus Crew. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound striker started 12 of his 29 appearances for the Crew, scoring three goals and adding one assist.
Prior to joining the Crew, Heinemann scored 10 goals and added seven assists in 46 appearances with Charleston Battery in the United Soccer Leagues First Division (USL-1). During the 2010 season, the native of St. Louis, Missouri, helped Charleston win the USL Second Division title, was selected to the USL All-League First Team, and was named the USL-2 Championship MVP. Following the USL-1 season, Heinemann was loaned to United States Soccer Federation Division-2 Pro League side Carolina RailHawks, where he played under Rennie. In 12 matches, Heinemann scored six goals to help the RailHawks reach the USSF D-2 Championship final.
In college, Heinemann attended Rockhurst University in Kansas City from 2006 to 2008 and was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and adidas NCAA Division II men’s All-America team in both his sophomore and junior years. In between his collegiate seasons, Heinemann played in the USL Premier Development League (PDL) with St. Louis Lions, scoring 35 goals in 36 matches over three seasons.
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