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Men's Soccer Welcomes Promising Recruiting Class for 2009 Season

Courtesy: Manhattan Athletic Department
Release: 03/03/2009
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Riverdale, N.Y. Manhattan College men’s soccer head coach Michael Swanwick has announced the signing of six incoming freshman student-athletes and one transfer for the 2009-10 school year.  Incoming freshman Eric Jorgensen, Tyler Kahn, Eric Neves, Vincent McEnroe, Chris Todd and Tyler Williams, as well as transfer Lenny Young, will join the Jaspers for the 2009 season.


“I believe this class is among the finest we’ve had in my four years here at Manhattan College,” said Swanwick. “My assistant Lonny Unger and I have searched for players who have played at the highest level in club ball and have come up with players who have done just that and who have proven to be winners. I couldn’t be more pleased about the future of our program with this group of student-athletes joining the Jasper soccer family.”


Eric Jorgensen, a center back/central midfielder who is from New City, N.Y/Don Bosco Prep, is a multi-year Eastern New York Olympic Development Program selection and has also been a member of the USYSA Region 1 ODP squad.  He has also played in the Red Bull New York U.S. Soccer Development Academy program.

“Eric can play either in the back or in the central midfield and will give us a very technical player who is good in the air,” Coach Swanwick said.


Eric Neves, who is a midfielder/striker from Somerset, N.J./LaSalle Academy, East Providence, R.I., was a four-year high school starter at LaSalle, which was the 2008 state finalist in Rhode Island.  While in high school, he has garnered All State and All-Division honors.  As a club player, he was part of the Massachusetts ODP program for four years and his been part of the Bayside FC club team that was the Rhode Island state champs in 2008.


“Eric Neves is another versatile player who can cause danger on the flanks in the midfield and who can also be dangerous out of the striker position,” Coach Swanwick said.  “He has played under one of the top high school coaches in the country, Mario Pereira, so we know he will come very well-prepared when he gets to us.”


Tyler Kahn, who is a defender from Rockville Centre, N.Y./Kellenberg, H.S., was a four-year high school starter who was team captain for three years.  He has also been part of the very successful Blau Weiss Gottschee soccer program for the past four years and during the past two of those years has played in the very prestigious U.S. Soccer Development Academy program.


Tyler can play in any of the positions in the back and can also play in the middle of the park.  He is a hard-nosed player with a great deal of skill and we look for very good things from him right away,” Swanwick said.


Vincent McEnroe, a flank midfielder/marking back who hails from Hillsborough H.S./Hillsborough H.S., was a New Jersey high school standout and also a key starter on the PDA Larsson club soccer team.  That team in 2008 was the national finalist in the U16 U.S. Soccer Development Program, playing the finals in front of a capacity crowd at the Home Depot Center in California.  The prior year, the team was New Jersey state champs, Region 1 champs and a national finalist in the United State Youth Soccer Association National Championships.


“Vincent will be a dangerous player for us coming off of either flank in the midfield and can also step in and play marking back if need be.  We are looking for him to bring that winning attitude he clearly got at PDA to Manhattan College,” Swanwick said.


Chris Todd, a goalkeeper who is from Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J./Paramus Cathlic H.S., was first team All League, first team All County and First Team All-State (North Non-Public A) while playing a key role in leading his high school squad in the nets.  He was a two-year member of the New Jersey Olympic Development Program and also played for a year in the Eastern Pennsylvania ODP program, as well as being a 2004 US Soccer National Pool player.  For the past two years, he has played for the FC Westchester U.S. Soccer Development Academy program and last year was part of the U18 team that went to the Academy national finals held at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles.


“Chris comes to us with great credentials, having played at the top level in the ODP program and in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy program.  He is very, very quick and a great shot stopper.  We expect that he will compete for a starting spot in goal right off the bat.” according to Swanwick.


Tyler Williams, a central midfielder/central defender who hails from Orchard Park, N.Y./Orchard Park H.S., was a 2008 All-State selection in high school.  Also during his high school career, he was named to the 2008 and 2007 All Western N.Y. team and the 2008, 2007 and 2006 All League squads.  He also plays in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy program for the Empire United club.  Prior to that, he was captain of the two-time state cup champion Buffalo United SC team.  He, too, has been a member of the ODP program, having played for three years in the New York West ODP program and one year in the Eastern N.Y. ODP program.


“Tyler is a very exciting, enthusiastic, hard-nosed player who I have known since he was a youngster in the Eastern New York ODP program.  He will be able to help us out right away in the midfield or in the back and we are looking for him to make a significant contribution the moment he steps onto our Gaelic Park turf,” Swanwick said.


Lenny Young, a marking back from Tuxedo Park, N.Y./Don Bosco Prep, has transferred to Manhattan from Valpariso University.  He was a four-year letterwinner in high school and earned the team’s Unsung Hero award in 2007 after helping his high school squad to the league championship and an undefeated season until the state semifinals.  He played club soccer for FC Westchester, helping that team to the State Cup semi-finals in 2005 and 2006.  In 2008, he was a key starter for the U-18 FC Westchester U.S. Soccer Development team that went to the Academy national finals held at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles.


“Lenny has already started to practice with us and has shown that he will definitely be a key component of what I know will be a strong defensive backline in the fall,” said Swanwick.

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