WASHINGTON - Gallaudet University men's soccer head coach Pedro Braz is proud to announce the 12-member recruiting class for the 2019 season.
The Bison finished the 2018 campaign with a 6-11 mark and 4-7 in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) play. The team posted its third straight five-win season and won four conference games for the second consecutive year.
Gallaudet will host three scrimmages in late August during training camp before diving into its 2019 slate.
The Bison will begin the season on the Eastern Shore of Maryland at the Elmer Lord Soccer Classic hosted by Salisbury University. GU will open play against St. Mary's (Md.) College on Friday, Aug. 30, at 4 p.m.
2019 Gallaudet Men's Soccer Recruiting Class
Recruits listed in alphabetical order by position. Insight provided by Coach Braz and commentary by Assistant Coach James Rummo
|Victor Sack Mbock (Boyds, Md./Rockville)
5-10 | 160 lbs.
Victor is an analytical player with excellent vision on the field and has the ability to find the open man. He was JV captain and led his team to a 10-1-3 record. Victor is a tenacious competitor, who seeks to get better every day. He has tremendous athleticism and balance with a skill set in how to finish his chances.
|Donald Ognane (Libreville, Gabon/Jean Hilaire Aubame Eyeghe)
5-8 | 125 lbs.
Donald is a very quick and a technical player on the left wing or forward. He has good range in his passing and a wicked cross. Donald posses a solid indoor and outdoor soccer background in his home country of Gabon. In Fall 2018, he led his team to win the District Sports - Men's Competitive League. This past spring in a scrimmage against University of District of Columbia (Division II) he scored the game-winning goal for the Bison.
|Hassan Saber (Muscat, Oman)
5-7 | 145 lbs.
Hassan is a special talent and a goal scorer who will be playing mostly as a wide forward or midfielder. He has a very high soccer IQ, great feet, and is equally good on both sides of the ball. Hassan plays with a maturity beyond his years and is a fierce competitor. He has the ability to create and finish his own chances.
Moosa Al-Hadifi (Sinaw, Oman)
Alaa Al-Riyami (Muscat, Oman)
|Amjad Al-Siyabi (Muscat, Oman)
5-9 | 135 lbs.
Amjad is a complete player. He is a true box-to-box midfielder with both grit and skill. Amjad has strong mental toughness and is a physically tough player in addition to his seasoned skill-set. He is a fearless player and isn't afraid to get dirty. Amjad knows how to win 50-50 balls and find a way to capture possession. He has incredible international playing experience that will make his transition to collegiate soccer seamless.
|Chad D'Amore (Cranberry Township, Pa./Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf)
6-1 | 150 lbs.
Chad was named the 2018 National Deaf Interscholastic Athletics Association (NDIAA) Player of the Year, a three-time NDIAA All-American First Team selection, the 2018 Eastern Schools for the Deaf Athletic Association (ESDAA) MVP and a three-time ESDAA All-Star. He led his team to three National Deaf Prep championships. Chad was named the Most Outstanding Male Athlete at Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf for three consecutive years. He is a terrific competitor with tremendous athleticism and coordination. Chad possesses great leadership qualities that can inspire others to accomplish amazing things. He is a proven winner and has a gamer mentality.
|Ethan Froehlich (Norwalk, Iowa/Norwalk)
5-9 | 135 lbs.
Ethan is a dynamic midfield who plays with energy. He was honored with the Warrior Award of the Year, which is the highest award given to a student-athlete, chosen by the coaches at Norwalk High. The Warrior Award symbolizes his loyalty, encouragement, work ethic, and ability to instill team confidence. Ethan played for the Sporting Iowa Club, the Des Moines Menace Academy and trained with the USA Deaf Men's Nation Team twice. He was the starter for the Sporting Iowa Club and Norwalk High for two years. Ethan scored two goals on the varsity team and 12 goals on the junior varsity (JV) team, where he finished as the top scorer on the JV team. He is a good passer, outstanding dribbler and quality crosser.
Walker Casler (Atlanta, Ind./Sheridan)
|Rachid El Omri (Marseille, France/Aix-Marseille)
5-5 | 135 lbs.
Rachid is an outside defender with an excellent IQ of covering the field. He knows how to identify and shut down a top forward. He can play with both feet and posses a solid background during his youth career in France. Rachid participated in various youth clubs; Avignon, Nice and Marseille. He led his team to the South Zone championship several times and was elected the best fair player in the tournament. Rachid was selected to join the U21 France national team in 2012. He was also selected for the team of the region Provence-Alpes-Côte-D'Azur in 2016 and finished second in the inter-regional championship. Rachid has extensive international soccer experience that will prepare him well for collegiate soccer.
|Kyle Santello (Cooperstown, N.Y./Cooperstown)
5-9 | 150 lbs.
Kyle is known for his speed and agility as a defensive midfielder, leading his high school team to the NY Center State Section III Championship. He was a 2018 NY Center State Conference Boys Soccer Division III First Team All-Star and the 2018 Cooperstown High Boys Varsity Soccer MVP. Kyle was also a member of the 2017 NY Center State Conference Soccer Division III all-league team. He was a NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete and Honor Roll student for all four years in high school as well as a member of the National Honor Society. Kyle played for Otsego United Soccer Club, leading his U19 team to two consecutive league championships. As a senior, Kyle received The Cooperstown High School Robert James Welsh Sports Award for Athletics, Sportsmanship, and Academics. He takes great pride in his defending.
Trenton O'Keefe (Tampa, Fla./Bloomingdale)