|Menís Soccer Adds Six Recruits for 2012|
RIVERDALE, N.Y. - Coming off an impressive finish to 2011, the Manhattan men's soccer team has announced the addition of six players for the upcoming fall 2012 season.
"Bringing in our third recruiting class is a very exciting proposition," said head coach Ashley Hammond. "This fall we have a very eclectic group of talented players and we look forward to seeing how they help our program build upon last year's success."
A junior transfer, Eric Mavakala (Paris, France/Marshalltown Community College) has spent the past two seasons building his game at the junior college level. A physical presence at 6'2", Mavakala was an ever present player at central defense and has the technical qualities needed for Division I soccer. He has spent time playing on the international level and will be a vital part of the Jaspers as they look to replace the graduate Christopher Holihan.
A midfielder, Brandon Alvarado (Wyckoff, N.J./Ramapo) will join Manhattan as a freshman with a strong pedigree. He comes from the prestigious New York Red Bulls Academy run by former Adelphi Head Coach Bob Montgomery. A strong and quick player, Alvarado's high soccer IQ allows him to play multiple positions and is expected to make an immediate contribution on the pitch.
A natural scorer, Steven Zamudio (North Bergen, N.J./North Bergen) played his club soccer at TSF Academy and was named the Golden Boot winner at the Super Y League National Finals in 2011 while being made part of the All-Tournament team. A very creative forward, his competitiveness and technical ability will allow him to hit the ground running at the Jaspers front line.
Alex Shackley (Las Vegas, Nev./Palo Verde) made a name for himself on the national stage playing for the Tampa Bay United at the Disney Showcase as a guest player. A member of Heat FC 94 in Las Vegas, Shackley can operate anywhere in the midfield due to his high skill level and ability to read the game and the field.
Having come from a strong club background, Robby Maffei (McLean, Md./McLean) played within the DC United's Academy as well as Team America. A goalkeeper, his physical stature and athleticism will help him compete for a starting spot with returning players George Ellis and Christopher Lands.
Josh Binfield (Buffalo, N.Y./IMG Academy) comes back north after spending time at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. His skills have grown under the tutelage of former NY Cosmos member Ferdi Dematthaeis and Binfield has the ability to make crisp passes across the field and add to the programs technical strategy.
Along with these newcomers, the Jaspers look to add up to five more players before beginning their preseason in August and look to build upon an appearance in the 2011 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Championship game.