COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Head coach Sasho Cirovski has announced the 2014 Maryland men’s soccer signing class, which includes two early enrollees and will be the first to compete for the Terps as a member of the Big Ten Conference.
“I am delighted to welcome our 2014 recruiting class,” head coach Sasho Cirovski, who is entering his 22nd season at Maryland, said. “They are all high-quality players who will have an impact in our program.
“As is the custom with all of our recruits, they are skillful, hardworking on the field and tremendous people off the field. Both Mael and Jeroen have integrated themselves very well this spring and I have no doubt that George, Jake and Christoffer will do the same in very short order.”
Maryland returns nine starters from a year ago, including ACC All-Freshman Team selections Michael Sauers and Zack Steffen as well as All-ACC First Team pick Dan Metzger and third team honoree Mikey Ambrose. The Terps advanced to a second-straight College Cup in 2013.
“While we lost a lot of attacking talent due to graduation, early departure to the pros and even a few committed kids that signed professionally before they got here, I am extremely confident that the combination of our returnees and newcomers will continue the tradition of playing attractive attacking soccer and contending for championships as is the Maryland Soccer custom," Cirovski said.
Freehold, N.J. • 5-9 • 140
Colts Neck High School
Before Maryland: Ranked #93 by Top Drawer IMG Academy…Central Jersey All-State…First Team New Jersey Shore Conference All-Division…First Team All-District…Second Team All-Monmouth County…Region I ID2 Camp…participated in US Soccer combine in Wayne, Pa…played PDA for coach Sam Nellins.
Personal: Jake E. Areman was born March 9, 1996 in West Long Branch, N.J....son of Bruce Areman and Dana Vaccaro...father played baseball at Marietta...has twin sisters, Samantha and Paige, and step-siblings Matthew and Allison...came to Maryland because he ‘loved the atmosphere’...lists sports hero as Lionel Messi and lists competing in the World Cup his craziest ambition ...major is undecided.
Cirovski on Areman: "Jake is a quick and skillful midfielder and forward. He is an honest two way player who has the ability to penetrate off the dribble or with his passing. He continues to improve with every game and will be someone who competes to play in a variety of positions.”
Baltimore, Md. • 5-8 • 160
Before Maryland: NSCAA Boys High School National Player of the Year for undefeated McDonogh in 2013-14… All-State, All-Metro, All-South, All-Conference and All-American for the 2013-14 season…also led McDonogh to MIAA championship with 23 goals and 15 assists…ESPN Fab 50 High School National Champions…All-State, All-Metro, All-South, All-Conference, VSN Player of the Year and Gatorade Boys Soccer Maryland Player of the Year in 2012-13…coached by Steve Nichols…also competed for Nichols with Baltimore Bays Chelsea & Baltimore Celtic.
Personal: George James Campbell Jr. was born August 4, 1995 in Baltimore...son of George Sr. and Teresa Campbell...has two sisters, Chelsea and Ariel and one brother, Willy...came to Maryland because he ‘loved the school, the coaches, the program and everything they stand for on and off the field’...would play lacrosse if he could play any other sport at Maryland...major is business.
Cirovski on Campbell: "George is a skillful and tenacious attacking talent. He has an incredible mentality in the way he plays the game. He has the skill to create as well as score. His competitiveness and passion on both sides of the ball excites our coaching staff as someone our players and fans will enjoy.”
Green Brook, N.J. • 5-11 • 165
The Pingry School/Rutgers
At Rutgers (2012-2013): Ranked 43rd on the Top Drawer Soccer National College Player List…NSCAA/Continental Tire Division I Men’s Soccer All-Northeast Region Second Team pick…finished the 2013 campaign tied for the team lead in points (20) coming from seven goals and a team-leading six assists…First Team All-American Athletic Conference (AAC) member, he registered multiple goal games against Penn State and Princeton, along with game-winners against South Carolina and AAC Tournament top seed and seventh ranked Louisville.
Before Maryland: Scored 14 goals and tallied 13 assists for conference champion The Pingry School as a senior…notched 14 assists as Big Blue was tagged section and county champs his junior campaign…coached by Miller Bugliari at The Pingry School…New York Red Bull Academy member…competed for coach Paul O’Donnell… tagged to Developmental Academy All-East Starting XI…USA U15 Boys National Team in 2009.
Personal: Mael Corboz was born September 6, 1994 in Mobile, Alabama...son of Michel and Christine Corboz…has two sisters, Daphne and Rachel, who play soccer at Georgetown...came to Maryland because of ‘the soccer environment coupled with a great engineering program’...major is engineering.
Cirovski on Corboz: "Mael is a gifted soccer player. He has great feet and an advanced soccer mind. He showed this spring that he has the ability to have an immediate impact in several spots in our midfield. His addition makes an already very good midfield, now a great midfield for 2014. He is exceptional on set pieces.”
CHRISTOFFER WALLANDER IANEV
Gavle, Sweden • 5-10 • 152
Before Maryland: Played right back for Borgarskolan and head coach Tore Lennartsson…Borgis won school championship…also competed for Gefle IF and coaches Toman Andersson and Johan Andersson…won state championship in 2012 and 2013…tallied one goal and four assists in 11 games in ’12 and five assists in 11 games in ’13…practiced several times with Gefle IF’s first team.
Personal: Christoffer Valfrid Wallander Ianev was born February 27, 1995 in Sweden...son of Ilia Ianev and Catharina Wallander… craziest ambition is to get rich playing poker…came to Maryland because ‘they are the best and loves the team spirit’...major is undecided.
Cirovski on Wallander Ianev: "Chris is an exceptional attacking right back. He has played at the highest level of youth soccer in Sweden. He is very skillful and tactically very aware. He fits the mold of how we want our outside backs to play.”
Houten, Netherlands • 6-4 • 180
Jeroen Bosch College
Before Maryland: Reached the Final Four of the national tournament in 2013 with FC Den Bosch and head coach Roger Schouwenaar… grew up playing for PSV Eindhoven youth academy from ages 10-14 and Vitesse Arnhem academy from 14-16…both Dutch Honor Division clubs are highly-regarded for their youth development… joined first division youth club Den Bosch at age 17 and continued his development there where he was one of the top scorers every season.
Personal: Jeroen Rik-Jan Meefout was born May 19, 1995 in Houten, Netherlands...son of Peter and Annemieke Meefout…has one brother, Martijn…came to Maryland because ‘the University offers great education, has the best soccer program in the USA and has the greatest fans in college soccer’…lists his sports hero as Zlatan Ibrahimovic...major is undecided.
Cirovski on Meefout: "Jeroen is a talented forward who got a very good taste of high-level college soccer this spring. He is a very good athlete but needs to become stronger in the summer to allow his skills to shine. He has the mentality to improve and the tools to make an impact.”