March 2, 2010
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland men's soccer head coach Sasho Cirovski has inked five high-caliber student-athletes to his signing class of 2010, announced Tuesday.
The Terps are already benefitting from the services of Patrick Mullins and Gordon Murie, who enrolled early this spring. Maryland will also welcome Marquez Fernandez, Tsotleho "Sunny" Jane and Jereme Raley this fall.
"This is another outstanding class. Every one of these players will make their mark in our program. Each one has the ability to play beyond Maryland," Cirovski said. "As a group, they bring a wealth of talent, athleticism and competitive grit that we look for. They are also great people and possess the character qualities that will enable them to add great value to our team immediately.
"Our players will love playing with them and our fans will love seeing their skills on display. The infusion of this talented class with a determined returning group makes me excited for the possibilities next season. We have the potential to accomplish something great!"
The five-player class marks Cirovski's 19th at Maryland. The Terps boasted a wealth of productivity from last year's signing class, which was ranked second by Soccer America and College Soccer News, including ACC All-Freshman team nods for defenders Ethan White and Taylor Kemp.
The Terps return 23 letterwinners from the 2009 squad which garnered Maryland's eighth consecutive NCAA Sweet Sixteen berth.
Below is rundown of this year's signing class:
Baltimore, Md. 5'8" - 160
Before Maryland: Lettered four years in soccer for the McDonogh High School ... two-time all-state, all-region and all-conference ... helped McDonogh to a first-place conference finish in 2007 and 2008 ... 2009 NSCAA High School All-American Team ... ESPN RISE Magazine First Team All-American ... member of Baltimore Bays Chelsea Academy ... member of U.S. U-17 National Team Player Pool...scored a goal against the U-17 Ghana National Team in a trip to England ... two-time national champion with the Bays in 2007 and 2008 ... also a three-time regional and four-time state cup champion with the Bays ... coached by Steve Nichols ... also participated in indoor track at McDonogh.
Personal: Son of Martinez and Cheryl Fernandez ... born Sept. 7, 1992 ... has one older brother, Martinez II ... favorite athletes are Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos ... chose Maryland because of its relative location to home and championship soccer program... majoring in business.
Cirovski on Fernandez: "Marques is a fierce competitor in the mold of A.J. Delagarza. He is very athletic and loves to defend. He can play anywhere on the backline and will have an immediate impact in our program. `Ques is one of the top defenders in the country."
TSOTLEHO "SUNNY" JANE
Prospect, KY 5'6 - 145
Before Maryland: Adidas ESP participant...All-Star selection...No. 10-rated recruit in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer.com...member of United 1996 FC, playing for coach Braco Jusufovic...all-state school player for Trinity High School in Louisville.
Personal: Full name is Tsotleho Jane...originally from Lesotho, South Africa...came to the United States at the age of 13... legal guardians are Marc and Pam Maguire...born on July 17, 1991 ... has four brothers, Jeff, James, Lepe and Mark...lists his sports hero as Okocha...undecided on major.
Cirovski on Jane: "Sunny is one of the most dynamic attacking players coming out of high school. He is extremely skillful and plays with a lot of flair. Our fans will love to see him taking people on and unbalancing opposing defenses."
Takapuna, New Zealand 6'4" - 207
Before Maryland: Played three years for Rangitoto College in Auckland ... captained the New Zealand U-17 World Cup squad ... first-ever New Zealand captain to get into knockout stage of a FIFA tournament ... scored a goal on a header for his native New Zealand in its match against Turkey at the U-17 World Cup...played for the Birkenhead United AFC club team.
Personal: Full name is Gordon Thomas Murie ... son of David and Jan Murie ... born on May 18, 1992 in Takapuna, New Zealand... has one older sister, Jenna ... enrolled a semester early at Maryland...favorite athlete is Nemanja Vidic ... chose Maryland because of the soccer program and to get a good education.
Cirovski on Murie: "Gordon is a physical presence, as he is built a little like Omar Gonzalez. He gives us some much needed height and is great in the air. He is very competitive and possesses some great leadership qualities, as evidenced by him being the captain of the most successful youth team in New Zealand history. Like Patrick (Mullins), he will benefit tremendously from enrolling a semester early. We expect him to be a dominant force on our backline."
New Orleans, La. 6'1" - 165
Before Maryland: Played three years at Jesuit, leading the Blue Jays to state championships in 2006 and 2008...Jesuit went undefeated in the 2006 campaign ... Louisiana Gatorade Player of the Year and New Orleans Player of the Year in 2008 ... rated the No. 31 recruit in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer.com...all-state in 2007 and 2008 ... all-district in 2006, 2007 and 2008 ... played for the Chicago Fire Juniors club team from 2007 to 2009 ... state champion all three years for Chicago Fire ... played for the Region III ODP from 2007 to 2009 ... participated in U-17 National Team Camp in 2008.
Personal: Full name is Patrick Michael Mullins ... son of Walter and Leslie Mullins ... born on Feb. 5, 1992 ... has one older brother, Andrew ... enrolled a semester early at Maryland ...favorite athlete is Ryan Giggs ... chose Maryland for the challenge to strive for excellence.
Cirovski on Mullins: "Patrick is a very talented goal-scorer. He has a great left foot and has refined his game to be a threat whenever he gets the ball. He comes from a similar background as Jason Garey and has the same nose for the goal. I expect big things and rapid improvement from Patrick, especially since he has joined us a semester early."
Clinton, Md. 5'10" - 158
St. Mary's Ryken HS
Before Maryland: Lettered four years in soccer for the Knights ... Washington Post Southern Maryland Player of the Year in junior and senior years ... First Team All County in all four years for the Knights ... First Team All Conference in junior and senior years ... second-team all-state ...spent five years with Free State Soccer Club under head coach and former Maryland standout Steve Campbell...also played club soccer alongside fellow classmate Marquez Fernandez with the Baltimore Bays Chelsea Academy and head coach Steve Nichols ... was a member of the U-1 4 National Team.
Personal: Full name is Michael Jereme Raley ... son of Michael and Lorena Raley ... born on July 16, 1992 ... has one older brother, John, who plays soccer at Providence ... favorite athlete is Cristiano Ronaldo ... chose Maryland because it's close to home, has great athletics and strong academics.
Cirovski on Raley: "Jereme is an outstanding midfielder who can play any of the midfield positions. He has great feet, vision and overall skill. He will compete and contribute immediately."