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Kiefer Inks Two More for 2010 Recruiting Class


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Kiefer Inks Two More for 2010 Recruiting Class 

Courtesy: USF

           

Release: 07/22/2010

TAMPA - University of South Florida head men's soccer coach George Kiefer added to an already strong recruiting class with the addition of two more student-athletes - Ricardo Webb and Christopher Waugh - who signed National Letters of Intent and will join the Bulls for the first time at the beginning of the 2010 season.

"We are very happy to add these two student-athletes to our program," said Kiefer. "They have both gained great international experience while competing with their country's national teams. We expect them to have a positive impact in our program both academically and athletically."

Webb, a 5-9, 155-pound midfielder from Clarendon, Jamaica, was a member of the Jamaican under 17, 20, and 23 National Teams. He captained Glenmuir High School in 2009, leading Glenmuir to the Dacosta Cup and All Island Championships in 2006. He also played with Portmore United Sr. Team in the Jamaican Premiere League and also represented the club at the U17 and 21 levels. Webb was also voted to the Jamaican School boys All-Star Team in 2009.

Waugh, who stands 5-9, and is a 160-pound forward from Portmore, Jamaica, attended Wolmer's High School and played his soccer for Real Mona FC. He was a member of the Jamaican under 17, 20, and 23 National Teams, and attended the Jamaican Senior National Team training camp in January 2010 while preparing for the team's international friendly against Canada.

Webb and Waugh join nine other players who will play for the Bulls this coming season. Earlier signees are: Luis Avila (Caracas, Venezuela), J.J. Bostic (Dunedin, Fla.), Brandon Curriston (Niceville, Fla.), Marius Krathe (Saltnes, Norway), Eric Oswald (Powell, Ohio), Leston Paul (Mayarao, Trinidad), T.J. Roehn (Tampa, Fla.), Ben Sweat (Palm Harbor, Fla.) and Shane Wixted (Melbourne Beach, Fla.).

USF will open its 2010 season with the first of three home exhibition games beginning on Aug. 18 against Jacksonville before facing cross-town rival Tampa on Aug. 21. The Bulls will then have a good test with their final preseason game of the year against national runner-up Akron on Aug. 28. USF will open the regular season on Sept. 1 against Florida Gulf Coast University.

http://www.gousfbulls.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=7700&ATCLID=204970113

It's really nice not having to recruit against UF, UM and FSU.  ;D

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Are the guys still amateurs? They played in the Jamaican Premier League according to the article. Isn't that professional, even if it is low professional?

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As long as they did not get paid they are amateurs.    You can pay pro but not get paid.

Go Kiefer.  I think USF will be top 10

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he is building a heck of a program.  the new stadium will play to sellout crowds.  Rowdies may quit playing Bulls as could lose every year.

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Well said SRQ.  Tried to call and get my season tickets for USF soccer.  They are not available yet.

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If the new stadium is going to be a bowl, can you imagine if you get a rowdy student section in there.  Build a home field advantage there.

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I just learned the B12 does not have Men's Soccer because the schools can't afford them because so much is spent on football, interesting.

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You sure it is not title IX issue.

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I just learned the B12 does not have Men's Soccer because the schools can't afford them because so much is spent on football, interesting.

SEC doesn't have men's soccer as well. Kentucky and South Carolina play in C-USA, along with FIU from the SunBelt.

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For those who missed it when it first came out, here is the earlier release on the signing class:

Kiefer Announces 2010 Signing Class 

Courtesy: USF

           

Release: 05/13/2010

TAMPA - After advancing to the 2009 NCAA men's soccer tournament - the third consecutive tournament, and fourth in the past five years  - and finding itself  ranked in the top five of the national rankings for most of last season, University of South Florida head men's soccer coach George Kiefer  has announced another standout class to help push the Bulls to the next level on the collegiate soccer scene.

"We are extremely excited about the recruiting class that we signed," said Kiefer. "We feel that we have quality student-athletes both athletically as well as academically  that will help us move our program towards our goal of winning a national championship."

The nine new players consist of five from Florida and one from Ohio. In addition, one hails from Norway, one from the island republic of Trinidad and Tobago  and one from Venezuela.

Luis Avila, a 5-9, 150-pound defender from Caracas, Venezuela, was a member of the Venezuelan U-15 and U-17 National Team. He currently plays with the Centro Italo Venezolano U-20 Team and attends Colegio Jefferson High School.

J.J. Bostic, a 6-1, 165-pound defender from Dunedin, Fla., played his scholastic soccer  at East Lake High School and his club soccer with the Clearwater Chargers of the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy. He was named to the U.S. Academy Sarasota Showcase U-15/16 select team in 2009.

Bostic is one of four players in this signing class who has  played in the successful Clearwater Chargers U.S. Soccer Academy program coached by Garth Pollonais.

Brandon Curriston a 5-10,155-pound midfielder played his high school soccer  at Niceville High School in Niceville, Fla. He was selected to  the Florida High School Soccer Classic All Tournament Team in 2009 and has been a member of the Florida State and Region III Olympic Development Program. Curriston plays his club soccer with FC America.

Marius Krathe, a 6-3, 180-pound central defender from Saltnes, Norway, was a member of the Norwegian U-17 and U-18 National Teams. Krathe has represented his country numerous times including at the 2007 Nordic Championships against England, Sweden, Denmark and Belgium. He previously played with KVIK Halden and Fredrikstad FK, captaining the Fredrikstad U-19 team (2008-09). 

Eric Osswald is a 6-3, 185-pound goalkeeper from Powell, Ohio who played his high school soccer at Olentangy Liberty High School. He is a member of the Columbus Crew Academy and was a 2009 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Scholar All-American.

Leston Paul has already gotten his feet wet with the Bulls. Paul, a 5-9, 155-pound midfielder from Mayarao, Trinidad, signed with USF in 2009 and began taking classes in January. Paul was the captain of the Trinidad and Tobago National Team at the U-17 World Cup in South Korea in 20007 and most recently the U-20 World Cup in Nigeria in 2009. He is also currently the captains of the U-23 National Team and was a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Senior National Team during the 2010 World Cup Qualifying campaign for games against Costa Rica and Mexico.

Paul, who attended St. Mary's College High School in Trinidad, enrolled at USF in the spring and participated in the spring season with the Bulls.

T.J. Roehn is one of two County Players of the Year  honorees that the Bulls signed during the offseason. Roehn, a 6-1,180-pound forward from Tampa, played his high school soccer at Berkley Prep where he was named the Hillsborough County Player of the Year after his senior season. He was also tabbed  by the St. Petersburg Times as the 3A Hillsborough County Player of the Year following his junior campaign. Roehn was a five-year starter at Berkley Prep and fell one goal shy of setting a new school record for career goals scored with 104.

Roehn currently plays for the Clearwater Chargers of the United States Soccer Development Academy, where he is the team's leading scorer.

Ben Sweat comes to USF after twice being named a Pinellas County Player of the Year (2009-2010) by the St. Petersburg Times. A 6-2, 170-pound left back from Palm Harbor, Fla., Sweat played his high school soccer at Palm Harbor High School where he was also named first team all-county and a first team All-Pinellas County Athletic Conference selection over the past two seasons. He helped guide Palm Harbor to the 2009 Florida State 5A soccer title and a state runner-up finish in 6A in 2010.

Sweat is currently the captain of the Clearwater Chargers U-18 Academy. He was also chosen to play for the Arizona Academy Showcase U-18 select team in the fall of 2009.

Shane Wixted, from Melbourne Beach, Fla., is a 5-11, 150-pound midfielder who played high school soccer at Seminole High School and currently plays with the Clearwater Chargers Academy Team. Wixted led Seminole to the Florida State 5A Championship game in 2009 and was voted the most valuable player of the Hillsborough County vs. Pinellas County Senior All Star game.

Kiefer is expected to announce more signings in the upcoming weeks, including one additional international student-athlete.

http://www.gousfbulls.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=36619&SPID=2914&DB_OEM_ID=7700&ATCLID=204945115

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