COLUMBIA, S.C. – The College of South Carolina males’s soccer staff is revamping its roster heading into the 12 months two below head coach Tony Annan.
Not solely will the Gamecocks be becoming a member of a brand new convention, the Solar Belt, coach Annan and his employees have added 18 new gamers to the roster. The newcomers are a mixture of transfers and true freshman, with a number of gamers at each place. Carolina returns 10 gamers from final 12 months’s squad, together with all three Convention USA All-League picks in Peter Clement, Logan Frost and Harrison Myring.
“I’m very excited to get going with not solely the nice returning gamers we’ve got on the squad, but additionally the brand new gamers the employees and myself labored very arduous to carry right here,” mentioned Annan. “We’re wanting ahead to enjoying in a brand new convention which guarantees to be a troublesome problem and supply nice competitors.”
See under for a full have a look at the Gamecocks’ incoming class, sorted by place group:
#1 Ben Alexander, freshman, Chilliwack, British Columbia
Ben Alexander most not too long ago performed for the Vancouver Whitecaps’ MLS NextPRO squad. He was named to the Canadian U-20 staff, the place he began three matches in the course of the 2022 Concacaf Males’s Beneath-20 Championship.
#24 Matthew Bender, freshman, Richmond, Virginia
Bender is a real freshman and performed for Richmond United and Deep Run Excessive Faculty.
The most important group of newcomers for the Gamecocks is on the backline. Six defenders be a part of the squad, three of that are transfers.
#2 Jaiden Ramsay-Kelly, junior, Toronto, Ontario
Ramsay-Kelly is a switch from Oakland College, the place he was named to the Horizon League All-Freshman staff within the spring of 2021. Final season, he began twice for the Golden Grizzlies, whereas showing in 5 matches.
#3 Will Crain, redshirt-senior, Athens, Georgia
Crain joins the Gamecocks from Brown, the place he was a staff captain. He began all 17 matches final season, recording a purpose and 4 assists. He additionally served as captain for 3 seasons for the Atlanta United FC youth staff.
#4 Junior Saint Juste, freshman, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Saint Juste is a local of Haiti, however the true freshman has spent the final a number of years in Atlanta, coaching with the Atlanta United 2 squad within the USL.
#5 William Nilsson, freshman, Helsingborg, Sweden
Nilsson is a real freshman that has spent the final a number of years enjoying within the Swedish semi-pro league for Eskilsminne IF.
#15 Henry Weigand, senior, Hamburg, Germany
Weigand is a switch from Quinnipiac, the place he began 39 matches the final three seasons. He was named to the All-MAAC Workforce within the spring of 2021, and the All-Rookie Workforce in 2019.
#21 Joey Belenardo, freshman, Sarasota, Florida
Belenardo rounds out the defensive newcomers as a real freshman and performed for Berkshire Faculty in Massachusetts.
#6 Laurits Lillemose, senior, Bogense, Denmark
Lillemose involves Carolina after spending the final three seasons at Gardner-Webb, the place he began in 42 matches. A defensive midfielder, he was a 2021 Massive South All-Convention Honorable Point out, after beginning and enjoying in all 16 matches for the Bulldogs.
#8 Ethan Dekel Daks, freshman, Manchester, England
Dekel Daks is an attacking midfielder and has been enjoying for the Nottingham Forest Academy.
#11 Rocky Perez, freshman, San Antonio, Texas
A extremely recruited participant, Perez is a box-to-box midfielder. He has been a member the San Antonio FC of the USL and was chosen to the US Youth Nationwide Workforce participant pool.
#16 Cristiano Bruletti, freshman, Commerce, Michigan
Bruletti comes from the Atlanta United academy, the place he hung out coaching and enjoying with Atlanta United 2 of the USL.
#29 Micah Colodny, freshman, Denver, Colorado
A real utility participant that may be lineup at a number of positions, Colodny performed for Actual Colorado’s academy staff in MLS Subsequent.
#7 Bryce Griffith, freshman, Atlanta, Georgia
Griffith is a product of Atlanta United’s academy, the place he educated with its USL membership, Atlanta United 2.
#9 Damola Salami, freshman, Atlanta, Georgia
Salami was one of many prime purpose scorers within the Elite Golf equipment Nationwide League (ECNL) whereas enjoying for NTH-NASA. In December, he was chosen to play within the ECNL Nationwide Choice Video games.
#18 Ethan Henderson, freshman, Hartlepool, England
Again house in England, Henderson has beforehand hung out enjoying for York Metropolis F.C.’s Academy and first staff.
#19 Kosi Udeh, freshman, Birmingham, Alabama
Udeh largely not too long ago performed within the MLS Subsequent League for Hoover-Vestavia. He additionally performed for his highschool staff, Hoover, the place he was named to the Alabama Excessive Faculty All-Star Workforce and was named MVP of North staff.
#20 John Eskay, redshirt-senior, Urbana, Maryland
Eskay is an explosive attacking participant who’s a switch from William & Mary. He performed in 9 matches final season for the Tribe, and appeared in 29 matches for his profession.