Milwaukee Soccer Announces Incoming Class
Feb. 15, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Isaias Juarez of Las Cruces, N.M., Kostas Kotselas of San Diego, Calif., Agustin Rey of Las Cruces, N.M., and Rami Younes of Uppsala, Sweden, have all signed to play soccer at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, head coach Kris Kelderman announced today.
In addition, Kelderman adds three players who enrolled at Milwaukee last season but had to sit out due to NCAA transfer rules. Aaron Cranfill of New Berlin, Wis., Luke Goodnetter of Elm Grove, Wis., and Andrew Stone of Green Bay, Wis., will all be eligible to play for the Panthers in the fall of 2013.
Juarez, who goes by the name Junior, was the captain of both the U-18 and U-16 teams at Real Salt Lake Academy, making Region IV holdover camps at three different positions. A member of the U-14 National team, he scored the winning penalty kick at nationals for third place in development academy finals week. First named to the Developmental Academy team in July of 2011, he also participated in the RSL combine in 2012. He was named to the "Top 20 Players to Watch" as a member of the U-16 RSL Academy.
"Isaias comes from Real Salt Lake's MLS Academy," Kelderman said. "He is a defender that can also play in midfield. Junior has an engine that is unbelievable. He is technical, but also has a bite to him. He was the captain of his academy team and has experience on the US Youth National Team."
Kotselas joined RSL's academy team in 2012 after a prep career at St. Augustine High School. He scored five goals in three state tournament games in 2012, scoring the golden goal in the California state championship game that season. A member of the San Diego Hall of Champions all-county soccer team in 2012, he was the leading scorer for the Surf Academy and also played with the South Coast Strikers, playing in the prestigious Milk Cup in the summer of 2012.
"Kostas comes to us from one of the best Major League Soccer academies in the country in Real Salt Lake," Kelderman said. "He is a 6-foot-3 center striker that will give defenders fits. He is strong in the air and has a good work rate. He is good with his back to the goal and is sharp when it comes to finishing."
Rey played for the Real Salt Lake Academy U-18 squad, earning a full scholarship to Yavapai College. Also a member of the Strickers Futbol Club, he earned a tryout for Santos Laguna in Mexico. A two-year all-district selection in high school, he posted a 0.96 goals against average and 28 saves in 13 games in his final season at Yavapai.
"Agustin is from one of the best community colleges in the country in Yavapai College," Kelderman said. "He also played for Real Salt Lake's MLS Academy. He is a goalkeeper that has great hands and very good distribution. He is originally from Mexico and is expected to make an immediate impact to our team."
Younes played for Uppsala Näs IK in Division 3, the best amateur league in Sweden. In 2012, he scored five goals and added seven assists in 24 games. That followed a 2011 campaign where he scored 26 goals and had 21 assists in 50 games. He won six district championships in a row and was selected to the all-state team for camp in Halmstad for national team competitions.
"Rami comes to us from Sweden," Kelderman said. "He is a dynamic player that has experience at the international level. Rami is a player that is good on the dribble, passing and finishing. He will be a good attacking player that will make an immediate impact to our squad either up front or in an attacking-midfield role."
Cranfill is a transfer to the Panthers from Green Bay, playing in all 19 games for the Phoenix in 2011. He also spent the 2010 and 2009 seasons at Marquette, one as a redshirt. A three-time First-Team All-Woodlands Conference honoree at New Berlin West High School, Cranfill was honorable mention all-state selection as a junior and helped the Vikings' defense set the school's shutout record two years in a row.
"Aaron is a 6-foot-3 defender that brings experience, size and presence to the back line," Kelderman said. "He displays tenacity and has a technical ability and is expected to be a force in the air, as well, to assist us in our build-up out of the back."
Goodnetter is a transfer to Milwaukee from Green Bay, finishing the 2011 season with three goals while starting 18 games. He also played for the Wisconsin Badgers in 2010, starting 18 of 19 games on the season. Goodnetter was named NSCAA All-Region as a senior in 2009 at Brookfield East High School. A First-Team Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association All-State as a senior and second-team all-state as a junior in 2008, he led his squad to pair of regional championships in 2008 and 2009 and was named First-Team All-Greater Metro Conference in 2008 and 2009.
"Luke is an experienced midfielder who reads the game very well," Kelderman said. "He is expected to help us in possession and organizing our group. He is a technical two-way midfielder who also brings a physical presence. He is a great two-footed player who is also a threat shooting from distance."
Stone is another transfer to Milwaukee from Green Bay. He was named Second-Team All-Horizon League in 2011, starting 18 games for a Phoenix defense that recorded five shutouts on the year. He was named First-Team All-Fox River Classic Conference as a senior at Green Bay Preble High School, earning the League's Offensive Player of the Year his final season. A second-team all-conference selection as a junior, Stone earned all-league accolades three times in his career.
"Andrew in a 6-foot-2 big center back who will bring a physical presence to the backline," Kelderman said. "He is great in the air to help us out in both offensive and defensive restarts. He also has a strong, technical ability and is comfortable playing with both feet."