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Table For 9: VCU Men’s Soccer Recruits Local & International Talent

Table For 9: VCU Men’s Soccer Recruits Local & International Talent

VCU Men’s Soccer Head Coach Dave Giffard and his coaching staff are having a busy off-season. From training to the weight room to Costa Rica, VCU Men’s Soccer is in heavy preparation for the upcoming 2016-17 season and have added these nine recruits to their roster.

Petros Agiasiotis, Midfielder (Volos, Greece)

  • 5’7″, 148 lbs
  • Member of Panithanikos U-20 Soccer Team
  • Member of Greek U-17 & U-20 National Teams

Travis Cooke, Midfielder (Virginia Beach, VA)

  • 6’4″, 175 lbs
  • Richmond United Academy Member
  • Early High School Graduate

Anthony Gonnella, Midfielder (Charlottesville, VA)

  • 5’8″, 135 lbs
  • Richmond United Academy Member
  • Trained in the Arsenal Training Program

Austin Graham, Left Back (Midlothian, VA)

  • 5’8″, 150 lbs
  • Richmond United Academy Member
  • Participated in the U.S. National ID Camp

Fortia Munts, Midfielder (Barcelona, Spain)

  • 5’7″, 155 lbs
  • Plays for CF Gava (Tercera Division, Spain)
  • Member of Catalonia U-18 National Team
  • Member of RCD Espanyol

Zeron Sewell, Center Back (Morant Bay, Jamaica)

  • 2014-15 Manning Cup Champion (Jamaica)
  • 2014-15 Oliver Shield Champion (Jamaica)
  • 2014-15 Bigga Steths Cup Champion (Jamaica)

Ryo Shimazaki, Full Back (Kawasaki, Japan)

  • 5’9″, 150 lbs
  • Member of Japanese U-17 National Team Pool
  • Member of Kawasaki U-18 J1 Academy Team

Gerald Vargas, Midfielder (San Jose, Costa Rica)

  • 5’6″, 140 lbs
  • Member of Costa Rica U-20 National Team
  • Ranked #49 in 2014 by College Soccer News as a Recruit

Andrew Kelley Walters, Center Back (Virginia Beach, VA)

  • 5’11”, 160 lbs
  • Member of Richmond United Academy (2015-16)
  • Virginia Rush Academy Captain (2013-14)

Some fresh new faces in midfield and defense should be a welcoming edition to the Black & Gold alongside returning strikers Jorge Herranz and Rafael Andrade Santos leading VCU’s attack.

Lace up your boots. The 2016-17 VCU Men’s Soccer season is nearly here for kick-off.

Mark graduated from VCU in 2014 with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. He started as a fan of the Black & Gold in the stands his freshman year. Mark was known as "Kazie" for his charismatic fandom with the VCU's student organization the Rowdy Rams. While at VCU he gained experience in sports media with WVCW on a sports radio show called Rowdy Radio. Following graduation, Mark continued crafting his social media skills with the Richmond Kickers while also handling VCU coverage. He is a true fan of the Rams and vocally passionate on and off camera. After the final whistle, you can probably find him at local RVA bar or brewery enjoying a drink and conversation.

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