Feb. 11, 2013
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University men's soccer team signed six student-athletes to National Letters of Intent and announced the addition of a seventh to play on the Hilltop. The seven newcomers will be expected carry on the legacy set by the 2012 squad which made history reaching the NCAA National Championship game.
"The staff and I worked very hard in the recruiting process to identify the student-athletes with the character, talent and drive to replace a special group of seniors and help us get to the College Cup," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "After losing a senior class with four MLS-caliber players, it will take a special group of athletes to replace them and we feel like these seven, along with any other additions, will be able to do that."
The 2012 team made history last season with an exciting run to the national championship game. Unranked at the beginning of the season, Georgetown made a trip to the College Cup, an appearance in the BIG EAST Tournament Championship game, the BIG EAST Blue Division Regular Season Championship and the most wins in program history.
The Hoyas finished the regular season as the conference champs and used late heroics to advance to the tournament championship before falling in double overtime. The top seed in the region followed on Selection Monday and the Blue & Gray had a magical home run through the early stages in front of a raucous crowd at North Kehoe Field. This resulted in the program's first-ever trip to the College Cup and a matchup with the University of Maryland Terrapins. The Hoyas played in arguably the best college soccer game of the season going to penalty kicks, before a pair of saves on the final two kicks sent Georgetown to the national championship.
Despite losing in the final, Georgetown did something no men's soccer team has done on the Hilltop and postseason accolades followed with Wiese being named the NSCAA National Coach of the Year and a record four Hoyas being selected in Major League Soccer's drafts.
Jonathan Azzinnari / Nutley, N.J. / Player Development Academy / Midfielder
Jonathan Azzinnari comes to Georgetown from Nutley, N.J., where he has played club for the past five seasons and is currently the captain with PDA who advanced to the USSDA National Playoffs a season ago. Azzinnari has also played with the Philadelphia Union Academy, most recently with its U-18 squad with Georgetown recruit Brett Campbell. Azzinnari spent his first three high school seasons playing for Seton Hall Prep earning three all-state selections, two all-conference honors and two-county distinctions. In 2010 he was the Star Ledger's Sophomore of the Year and followed that up with the Junior of the Year award in 2011. Azzinnari's high school team won three conference and county championships, while also reach two state semifinals including taking home the championship in 2009. He is a four-year member of the honor roll, active in campus ministry and a member of the Go 4 the Goal Pediatric Cancer Foundation, which is an organization that the Hoyas are also active within. Azzinnari is ranked No. 145 overall by CollegeSoccerNews.com
Wiese on Azzinnari: Jon is a versatile midfielder who is capable of playing good passes and has an impressive work rate.
Brett Campbell / Wallingford, Pa. / FC Delco Academy / Forward
Brett Campbell comes to Georgetown from Wallingford, Pa., where he plays club with FC Delco and has been a leading scorer with the academy for the past four seasons. Campbell also plays with the Philadelphia Union Academy and represented them in the Generation adidas Cup in 2011. In his time with the Philadelphia Union U-18 Academy he was on the pitch with Georgetown recruit Jonathan Azzinnari. As a senior at the Haverford School, Campbell was an NSCAA Regional All-American, selected to the All-American Game and the Delaware County Player of the Year. He was the 2011 and 2012 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Pennsylvania. He is a two-time All-Southeastern Pennsylvania honoree and was twice names to the Southeast Pennsylvania Coaches All-Star Game. Campbell was also selected three-time All-Delaware County, three-time All-Main Line, four-time All-Inter-Ac League as well as leading his high school team in scoring all four years. His high school team won the Independent Schools State Championship and went undefeated in league play. Campbell is a member of the Honor Roll and volunteers at the Lankenau Medical Center. Campbell is ranked No. 71 overall by TopDrawerSoccer.com and No. 32 by CollegeSoccerNews.com.
Wiese on Campbell: Brett is a physical, athletic forward who should be difficult for defenders to handle.
Bakie Goodman / Sarasota, Fla. / Clearwater Chargers Academy / Midfielder
Bakie Goodman signed a letter of intent last year and came to the Hilltop this January from Sarasota, Fla., after graduating early from the Pine View School for the Gifted. He played club with the Clearwater Chargers which has seen success in recent years. The midfielder was a starter on his academy teams and was also the captain of his Clearwater Chargers U-16 team who advanced to the 2011 USSDA National PlayoffsGoodman has played on some of the top teams in the country including one season with an IMG U-16 Development Academy squad that qualified for the U.S. Development Academy Playoffs in 2011 He also spent time with FC Sarasota. Goodman was a member of the U.S. U-15 National Team and earned MVP on his final day at camp. He was also a member of the Florida Olympic Development Program from 2008-11. Outside of soccer, Goodman is a member of the National Honor Society and also works with Habitat for Humanity. He has already joined the squad for spring training.
Wiese on Goodman: Bakie joined us for the spring semester and he is a quick-thinking midfielder that is adept in tight spaces as well as an honest worker.
PJ Koscher / Bel Air, Md. / Baltimore Bays Chelsea Academy / Defender
PJ Koscher is a defender from Bel Air, Md., where he plays club soccer with the Baltimore Bays Chelsea Academy and led his U-16 team in scoring with 16 goals for the season. He has been with program for the past five years. The three-year letterwinner at Archbishop Curley High School was a 2011 All-MIAA honoree and the 2010 Offensive Player of the Year for his high school after leading the team in scoring for two seasons. He is also a talented baseball player playing centerfield and pitcher. With the Hartford Sox Baseball Team he was a four-time state champ. Koscher is a four year member of the honor roll and a part of the National Honor Society. He is also a class senator and a member of the Spanish Club and Chess Club.
Wiese on Koscher: PJ is probably the most versatile player that we have in this class. He has the ability to score goals, does well in the air and has all of the tools to be a good defender.
Alex Muyl / New York, N.Y. / New York Red Bulls Academy / Forward
Alex Muyl comes to the Hilltop from New York, N.Y., where he attended Bard High School Early College as well as spending a year at Saint Stephen's Episcopal School during his time with the U.S. National Team Residency Program. The forward is a part of the New York Red Bulls Academy and has been a presence within U.S. Soccer playing with national team for his age group for more than three years. He has suited up for the United States both domestically and overseas and was the captain of the U-17 squad during Mondial Minimes in 2011 in Montaigu, France. This past fall, Muyl was the top scorer for the U-18 Red Bulls Academy team and he was named to the NSCAA Boy's Youth All-America Squad. With the Red Bulls' U-16 team, Muyl was the top scorer leading the team to the national championship with the game winner. He also enjoys playing basketball and spends his free time coaching soccer. Muyl is ranked No. 17 overall by TopDrawerSoccer.com and No. 43 by CollegeSoccerNews.com.
Wiese on Muyl: Alex is an exciting attacking player who we think can play in a few different roles for us. He is good in attacking 1v1 situations, has the ability to combine and is driven to score goals.
Jared Odenbeck / Charlotte, N.C. / Charlotte Soccer Academy / Defender
Jared Odenbeck is a defender joining the Hoya squad from Charlotte, N.C., where he played club with the Charlotte Soccer Academy and was a three-year captain. In 2011, his team qualified for the USSDA National Playoffs and in 2012 the squad advanced to USSDA National Finals Week. Odenbeck attended Charlotte Christian School and was a three-year letterwinner. As a junior, he was a NCSAA First Team All-America selection, named First Team All-Southeast, NCISAA All-State, all-region and all-conference also earning Charlotte Player of the Year Runner-Up. Odenbeck is also an all-state golfer who is on the Magna Cum Laude Honor Roll and a member of the National Honor Society. He has volunteered with Christians Embracing Lay Leadership as well as with Kids Against Hunger. Odenbeck is ranked No. 145 overall by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Wiese on Odenbeck: We followed Jared for quite a while and had a chance to work with him in camp. We have seen him develop into one of the more intelligent center backs in the country.
Josh Yaro / Ghana / Right to Dream Academy/Santa Barbara Soccer Club / Defender
Josh Yaro is a defender from Santa Barbara, Calif., and originally from Ghana. Yaro played club soccer with the Santa Barbara Soccer Club and spent two years with the Right to Dream Academy. In 2011, he played in the prestigious Northern Ireland Milk Cup and represented the Right to Dream Academy in the 2009 Manchester United Premier Cup. He attends the Cate School where he is a team captain and four-year letterwinner. Yaro was an All-American as a junior and a two-year member of the D7 All-Star Team as well as earning MVP honors. He was the recipient of the 2012 Phil Womble Ethics in Sports Award and the 2011 Cate School Redington Cup. He also runs track & field at the Cate School earning three varsity letters, serving as team captain and hold records in both the long and triple jumps. Yaro is ranked No. 126 overall by TopDrawerSoccer.com and No. 45 by CollegeSoccerNews.com.
Wiese on Yaro: Joshua fits all of the criteria that you look for in a player at our level. He is athletic, has a good soccer IQ, versatile and the thing that made him most appealing to us is his character.