Feb. 10, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's soccer team signed six student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to play on the Hilltop on Monday. The six newcomers are from all over the country and boast some of the top talent within the U.S. Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) system.
The recruiting class was ranked fourth in the country by TopDrawerSoccer.com, and marks the third year in a row that GU has had a recruiting class ranked sixth or better.
"This is another great recruiting class for the program," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "Even though we only graduated two starters from last year's team, they will leave two big holes to fill. The expectation is that this group will help fill those holes, and continue to push us toward our goal of winning a national championship."
In 2013, Georgetown had another outstanding season going 14-5-2 overall and winning the BIG EAST Regular Season Championship. GU was the sixth overall seed in the NCAA Tournament advancing to the Sweet 16. In the conference tournament, the Hoyas went to the BIG EAST Championship Semifinal at PPL Park and tied Providence in the semifinals.
The Hoyas had impressive milestones including setting the new program record for season shutouts with 14 and having two players named All-Americans. Seniors Steve Neumann and Joey Dillonwere both drafted in the MLS SuperDraft, Neumann was the fourth overall pick.
Mahopac, N.Y./New York Red Bulls Academy
Member of the New York Red Bulls' Academy with Hoya teammate Christopher Lema and captain of the Red Bulls' U-18 squad ... Won the U-18 and U-16 Development Academy National Championship as well as the Northeast Pre-Academy Championship and the New York State Cup ... Played on the U.S. Soccer U-20, U-15 and U-14 National Team ... A 2013 NSCAA All-American ... Member of both the Region 1 and ENYSSA Olympic Development Teams ... Lettered twice at Mahopac High School ... Named All-Section and All-League as a freshman and sophomore scoring 14 goals with 34 assists in two seasons ...Ranked as the No. 23 overall player in the IMG Academy 150 and No. 8 at his position ... Member of the National Junior Honor Society, student council and the Spanish Club ... Won the New York State Chess Championship growing up.
Wiese on Basuljevic: We've been following Arun for a few years now, and I'm not sure if there is anything he can't do. I think he is a special player who will fit our style of play perfectly as a two-way midfielder.
Chicago, Ill./Chicago Magic PSG Development Academy
Part of Chicago Magic PSG Development Academy serving as captain for five seasons and reaching the USSDA Playoffs in 2012 and 2013 ... Won the US Club National Championship in 2009 and 2010 ... Named a TopDrawerSoccer.com Player to Watch in 2013 ... A two-year starter and letterwinner at Brother Rice High School ... A three-year letterwinning kicker on the football team earning all-state and all-area honors ... Member of the High Honor Roll and the Spanish Club ... Volunteers with the Ronald McDonald House ... Brother, Mike, played four years of soccer at Truman State University.
Wiese on Kane: Brian is a competitive defender who is good with the ball at his feet. He is versatile, and has that rare combination of toughness and technical ability.
Falls Church, Va./Bethesda-Olney Development Academy
Played club with both the Bethesda-Olney Academy and the McLean Soccer Academy ... Team was ranked among the top five in 2013 ... Named a top 25 U-18 Academy player by TopDrawerSoccer.com ... A WCAC all-conference performer at Gonzaga College High School as team was a league finalist in 2011 ... Ranked as the No. 13 overall player in his class in the Mid-Atlantic ... Member of the National Honor Society and a Hugh O'Brien Leadership Award Nominee ... Father ran track at Georgetown and brother, Billy, is currently a member of the Hoya track & field squad.
Wiese on Ledder: Matt can be a game changer on the flanks. His pace and ability to attack defenders will add some pop to our attack.
Ridgefield, N.J./New York Red Bulls Academy
Member of the New York Red Bulls Academy with Hoya teammate Arun Basuljevic ... Won the U-18 and U-16 Development Academy National Championship as well as the Northeast Pre-Academy Championship and the New York State Cup ... Played with the U.S. U-17 National Team for two years serving as team captain and receiving 24 caps tallying three goals ... Squad won the 2011 Nike Friendlies Championship ... A varsity letterwinner at Ridgefield Memorial High School ... Named First Team All-League in 2010 ... Ranked as the No. 13 overall player in the IMG Academy 150, No. 1 in New Jersey and No. 4 at his position ... Received National Academic Honors.
Wiese on Lema: Chris has the ability to make the game look very easy. He is gifted on the ball and he will bring a lot of experience to the team even as a young player.
Weston, Mass./New England Revolution Academy
Part of the New England Revolution Academy starting for three seasons ... Squad made three playoff appearances and went to Academy Finals Week in 2013 ... Attended camps and was in the residency program with the U-14, U-15 and U-17 U.S. National Team ... Two-year letterwinner at The Rivers School winning both the ISL and NEPSAC Class B Championships in 2012 ... Has played internationally in seven different countries including Germany and The Netherlands as well as making an appearance in the Future Champions Tournament in South Africa in 2012 ... Ranked as the No. 43 overall player in the IMG Academy 150, No. 1 in the Northeast and No. 15 at his position.
Wiese on McCabe: Declan is a set piece specialist and is one of the most two-footed players I've seen. He is a possession-based player which will fit well with our style.
Palos Verdes Estate, Calif./Fram Soccer Club
Member of Fram Soccer Club ... Club team won the 2013 Surf Cup and was a semifinalist at both the 2012 and 2013 Dallas Cup ... A 2013 Region IV Semifinalist ... A four-year letterwinner and two-year captain at Palos Verdes High School ... The 2012-13 League Defensive Player of the Year and team MVP ... First Team All-CIF ... A 2012 Olympic Development Program Region IV Player ... Member of the National Honor Society, National Science Honor Society and an AP Scholar ... Works with Los Hermanos Naranja Charity Organization.
Wiese on Vondrak: Kevin will be a big presence in the center of the defense. His leadership skills will also be a big asset for us.
The Hoyas have already opened spring practice and will begin spring games in the coming weeks.