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Courtesy: Nicole Watkins

Wiseman Lands 14 in His First Men's Soccer Recruiting Class

Courtesy: WMU
Release: 08/12/2013
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Western Michigan men's soccer team will bring in 14 new faces for the 2013 season, filling several needs with impact players and adding valuable depth as the program looks to challenge for a Mid-American Conference championship and NCAA Tournament berth this fall.

The group of newcomers joins 14 returners, including 12 letterwinners, from last year's team, which posted an 11-6-2 overall record.

"We are very excited about this class," said first-year head coach Chad Wiseman. "They are a massively talented and special group. If they can adjust to the level of play and pace of the MAC, we think they will help bring us to the top. 

“This class is loaded with talent. We have done a great job in adding players with collegiate experience, but at the same time players who buy into what we’re doing at WMU. Of the 14 newcomers, eight will be incoming freshmen and six are transfers. We have addressed our attacking needs with outstanding, dynamic attacking players that will bolster our attack for many years to come.

“On paper we have upgraded our roster and landed one of the top recruiting classes in the MAC.  We return a great deal of talent. As coaches we are now left with the task of getting these guys all to play together and for each other. It is an exciting time for WMU men’s soccer.”


INCOMING FRESHMEN

Hunter Vandenboom – Outside Midfield – 6’0” – 185 lbs.  Fr.
Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central High School/Vardar SC Freiburg

"Hunter is a special player. He is a wide player who is equally comfortable running at players or playing passes. His soccer brain is active and it will allow him to be a cunning wide player at WMU. He also possesses all the physical tools. I expect that Hunter will have an immediate impact on our program as well as the Mid-American Conference.  ”

Matheau Rogers – Outside Midfield – 5’11’ – 145 lbs. Fr. 
Richton Park Ill./Rich South High School/Chicago Magic PSG

“Matheau is an extremely gifted athlete. He has quickness, speed and what we really like is his explosiveness. He is very good at getting in behind opposing teams defenses. He will be a welcomed addition to our program.”

Bryan Maxwell – Center Back – 6’2” – 180 lbs. Fr.
Walled Lake, Mich./Walled Lake Central High School/Waza FC

“Bryan is a central defender that reads the game very well. He always seems to be in good position. Organizing his backline and teammates is something that comes very natural for him, which is a great quality to have in a center back.  

Drew Shepherd – Goalkeeper – 6’3” – 200 lbs. Fr.
Ann Arbor, Mich./Ann Arbor Huron High School/Michigan Wolves

“Drew is a goal keeper with huge potential. He has an incredible frame for a goal keeper and mixes that with soft hands and very good athleticism. We expect him to be a big part of our program here in years to come."

Chris Sullivant – Outside Back – 6’1” – 180 lbs. Fr. 
Grand Blanc, Mich./Grand Blanc High School/Michigan Wolves

"Chris is a winner. He's a heart and soul player that understands just how the game should be played. He is a competitor that will maximize his own potential and bring out the best of those around him.”

Sam Bell – Center Midfield – 5’8” – 165 lbs. Fr.
Aurora, Ill./Waubonsie Valley High School/Galaxy Soccer Club

“Sam in a hardworking midfielder. He will compete for every roll of the ball. His attitude and dedication to the game will be a great asset to our program. He has a bright future as a Bronco.”

Edu Jimenez – Center Midfield – 5’10” – 155 lbs. Fr.
Seville, Spain/Real Betis Balompie

“Edu is a superior player with loads of ability.  He brings with him some international flavor.  He is a box to box midfielder.  We know he will create goals for our program, as he is very dynamic going forward.  He will make the players around him better; he is a big time signing for our program.”

Ruben Dos Santos – Midfielder – 5’9” – 140 lbs. Fr.
Bradford, Ontario Canada/Holy Trinity High School/Winstars Soccer Academy

“Ruben is a very creative player with a very high soccer IQ. He is the type of midfielder that loves to get his teammates involved. He plays with great passion and desire for the sport. Once he adjusts to the physicality of the Division I game, he will be a fine player for us.”

TRANSFERS

Chase Rau – Goalkeeper – 6’0” – 190 lbs.  – So.
Sparta, Mich./Sparta High School/University of Wisconsin

“Chase is one of the very best goalkeepers in the entire Midwest. He was a three-time Defensive Player of the Week in the Big Ten his freshman year at Wisconsin. He is a great shot blocker, commands his box, distributes the ball well and organizes the team in front of him. He is the total package and we are extremely excited he will be wearing a Bronco uniform for the next three years.”

Josh Whitaker – Outside Back – 5’11” – 165 lbs. – So.
Vicksburg, Mich./Vicksburg High School/Hope College

"Josh is a fierce tackling fullback who takes great care of the ball. He loves 1v1 battles and nearly always comes out on top. He is also a great passer of the ball and will be expected to be a playmaker out of the back. Josh’s passion and desire for the game will be infectious to the rest of the team.”

Chris Long – Center Back – 6’0” – 170 lbs. – Sr.
Livonia, Mich./Livonia Stevenson High School/Schoolcraft Community College

“Chris brings a lot of experience with him to WMU. He is a confident and well composed center back. His soccer IQ in the back will be very helpful as we continue to develop some of our younger players. He only has one year of eligibility so we expect him to be able to contribute right away.  

Carlos Suarez – Center Midfield – 5’8” – 145 lbs. – So.
Sturgis, Mich./Sturgis High School/Jackson Community College

“Carlos is a player I am very familiar with having coached him myself through his youth career.  He has great technical ability, superior vision and bit to his game. Once he settles into the Division I level, he should be a fine player for us.”

Esteban Russell – Forward – 5’10” – 175 lbs. – Jr.
Dewitt, Mich./Dewitt High School/Olivet College

“I could not be happier that Esteban decided to join me here at WMU. He is a proven goal scorer at every level he has ever played at. I expect that tread to continue as he enters his first year at WMU. He brings a speed dimension to our program that we were missing. There is no doubt in my mind that he will find the back of the net for us.”

Dom Hunter – Outside Midfielder – 5’9” – 165 lbs.  – So.
Shipshewana, Ind./Westview High School/University of Detroit Mercy

"Dom is a player with breakaway speed. He has a very strong work ethic and thrives at the challenge to get better. He will be looking to compete for time on the right side of the midfield. He is the type of player that brings it every day.”

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