Even with an expected powerhouse team coming back next season, McPherson College men’s soccer coach Doug Quint has practically recruited two more teams.
Quint on Wednesday announced the addition of 21 players for next year’s roster as competition during practice should be fierce.
Quint has tapped some of his usual gold mines, but also branched out in his recruiting as he tries to raise the Bulldogs to the next level where it can compete with any team in the nation.
The Bulldogs have been one of the top KCAC programs during his tenure as they are 78-25-8 in conference matches for 74 percent.
Mac is coming off one of its best seasons, going 15-3-3. Quint will be welcoming back six starters from a team that received votes in the final national poll.
With an eye on the present as well as the future, 13 of the newcomers are freshmen, five are transfers and three are international recruits who have played at a high level overseas.
Quint is expecting a roster of 43 players this fall.
"We are very excited to welcome these student-athletes to McPherson College," Quint said in a press release. "We believe with the addition of this recruiting class and the development of the student-athletes already in the program, we can compete for championships and NAIA Tournament berths synonymous with McPherson soccer.”
There were very few areas of weakness, but now Quint has upgraded all areas.
"We were very focused on specific needs for our team," Quint said. "We believe we have addressed them with individuals who can be impactful right away and consistently challenge our existing group to make the overall program better each and every day."
Here are the signees, with information posted where available.
• Sadam Ali (Tucson, Ariz. / Rincon HS / Pima CC) •
Accolades: Starter for the 20-4-2 NJCAA semifinalist (2015)
• Jose Alonso (Wichita, Kan. / Derby HS) •
Club: Santos Primera
Accolades: AVCTL Honorable Mention, Team MVP, Captain
• Anthony Bernal (McKinney, Texas / McKinney HS) •
Club: FC Dallas
Accolades: All-Star Game, All-Alliance Mention sophomore and junior year
Academic All Conference and Honorable Mention senior year
• Marcus Brasley (Coppell, Texas / Centennial HS) •
Club: FC Dallas
• Calvin Cassida (Louisburg, Kan. / Louisburg HS) •
Club: Kansas Rush
• Eugenio Cervantez (Princeton, Texas / Princeton HS) •
Accolades: 2nd-team All-District, 1st-team PHS Tournament, 1st-team Academic All-State honorable mention
• Luis Cruz (Dodge City, Kan. / Dodge City HS / Dodge City CC) •
• Erik Espinoza (San Ydriso, Calif. / San Diego Mesa College) •
Club: San Diego Aztecas FC
Accolades: 2016 PCAC 1st-team All-Conference, 2016 PCAC Defensive Player of the Year
• Navid Istanbullu (Bremen, Germany / Oberschule Rockwinkel) •
Club: TuS Schwachhausen
• Justus Koehler (Prosselsheim, Germany / Friedrich-Koenig-Gymnasium) •
Club: TSV Unterpleichfeld
• James Lovering (North Richland Hills, Texas / Nolan Catholic HS) •
Club: Liverpool 98
Accolades: The Broom Award, Defensive Player of the Year, Top Goal Scorer of the Year, Captain, Environmental Systems Science Department Award
• Diego Loza (San Diego, Calif. / San Diego High Tech HS / San Diego Mesa College) •
• Gabriel Maddaford (El Paso, Texas / Andress HS) •
Club: SW Rush
• Hernan Maldonado (National City, Calif. / Sweetwater HS / San Diego Mesa College) •
Club: Del Mar Sharks
Accolades: Pacific Coast Athletic All-Conference Team 2016, Mesa College Offensive Player of the Year 2016
• Aaron McCready (Raphoe, Ireland / Royal and Prior Comprehensive School) •
Club: Finn Harps U19
• Hunter Meeks (Broken Arrow, Okla. / Broken Arrow HS) •
Club: Blitz 98 Boys Gold
• Angel Perez (Collinsville, Okla. / Collinsville HS) •
Club: WSA 99 White
• DeShaun Ruiz (Choctaw, Okla. / Carl Albert Senior HS) •
Club: Arsenal FC
• Rodolfo Santamaria (Dallas, Texas / James Madison HS) •
Club: Arsenal SC east 97
• Geoffrey Stitcher (Rose Hill, Kan. / Rose Hill HS) •
• Jordan Washington (Kennedale, Texas / Kennedale HS) •
Club: Texas Lightning 98B
Accolades: 2nd Team All District, Honorable Mention, Defensive MVP, National Honor Society
The Bulldogs open their 2017 season Saturday, Aug. 26 against MidAmerica Nazarene University at The Kennel in McPherson.