April 24, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Former University of Michigan men's soccer player Luke Coulson helped Cardiff City earn promotion to the English Premier League as the squad captured the npower Championship on April 16 with a 0-0 draw against Charlton Athletic. Coulson is the first former Wolverine player to become a member of an English Premier League side.
"We are proud of Luke and his progress that began here at the University of Michigan," said head coach Chaka Daley. "Myself, team staff and his teammates are happy to be a part of his journey to fulfilling his dreams in playing in the English Premier League, and his quest to be a footballer at the highest level."
Coulson, currently playing under a trainee contract that was signed on Jan. 1, competed in one contest with the top club in a 2-1 defeat to Macclesfield in the English FA Cup on Jan. 5. He was signed to the U-21 squad on Nov. 5, shortly after his debut against Milwall in late October. Prior to arriving in Ann Arbor, he played 10 years for Manchester City in its youth academy.
He is one of two players to earn a professional contract under second-year head coach Chaka Daley, as Kofi Opare inked a contract with the LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer following the conclusion of the 2012 collegiate season.
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