Florida Atlantic University men’s soccer team signs 11 student-athletes
BOCA RATON, Fla. – Florida Atlantic University men’s soccer coach Joey Worthen has announced the signings of 11 student-athletes, each eligible for the 2020 season.
In Worthen’s fourth season at the helm, the team is looking to build upon the momentum built last year after securing a trip to the program’s first Conference USA Tournament.
|Emmanuel Abolo Carré||Freshman||Midfielder||Beaune, France||Loughborough College|
|Cameron Braswell||Freshman||Goalkeeper||Jacksonville, Florida||Fletcher HS|
|Clayton Brown||Junior||Midfielder||Toronto, Canada||Green Bay|
|Fabrizio Cubeddu||Freshman||Defender||Davie, Fla.||St. Thomas Aquinas HS|
|Kevian Ferraz||Junior||Midfielder||Coconut Creek, Fla.||Broward College|
|Kharmyn Florvil||Freshman||Midfielder||West Palm Beach, Fla.||American Heritage – Delray Beach|
|Bjarni Hafstein||Freshman||Midfielder||Kopavogur, Iceland||University of Reykjavik|
|Adrian Levy||Freshman||Midfielder||Weston, Fla.||Cypress Bay HS|
|Henry Louko||Freshman||Forward||Vaasa, Finland||Vaasan Lyseon Lukio|
|Neil Strauber||Junior||Goalkeeper||Tel Aviv, Israel||Tyler JC|
|Célestin Theodore, Jr.||Freshman||Midfielder/Forward||Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia||Club Med Academy|
Emmanuel Abolo Carré
Hometown: Beaune, France
Previous School: Loughborough College (Matlock town)
Major: International Business
Fun Fact: Makes YouTube videos
Abolo Carré credits his biggest accomplishment on the field as scoring in a cup final at Wigan. In the classroom, Abolo Carré graduated with distinction as a French citizen in England, which was something that was hard in the beginning due to the language barrier.
“I felt like it is the place where I will grow as a man and a player. The coaches have been nice to me and are really excited about me joining the team. I want to show them that they made the right choice in choosing me.”
Hometown: Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
High School: Fletcher
Fun Fact: Enjoys fishing and diving
Braswell was named 2018-19 U17 DA Team MVP. The goalkeeper spent four years in the developmental academy and played for Amanda FC Pro Academy, coming off 2019-20 having played in five games for the team.
“I chose FAU because I really saw myself fitting into the school and the team. I also really liked the overall philosophy the coaching staff has for their team. It was all-around a great fit for me and my family.”
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Previous School: Wisconsin Green Bay
Fun Fact: Started playing soccer at the age of 11
Brown is coming off his sophomore year at Wisconsin Green Bay, having tallied two goals for four points, while starting in 10 of 15 games for the Phoenix. The midfielder was a U-16/U-17 OYSL Champion and also received honors when graduating from high school.
“[FAU] has an excellent environment for soccer to improve in the game. FAU also has a great academic environment to match and is located in an amazing area.”
Hometown: Davie, Fla.
Previous School: St. Thomas Aquinas
Major: Business Management
Fun Fact: Speaks three languages
Cubbedu was a standout player in the academy playoffs against NYC FC and tacked on the first assist in Inter Miami history. Off the field, Cubbedu achieved a 4.75 GPA during his senior year.
“[FAU] has a great soccer program and [the school] is close to home.”
Hometown: Coconut Creek, Fla.
Previous School: Broward College
Major: Business Administration
Fun Fact: Plays the drum
Ferraz is coming to FAU after two seasons at Broward College, where he was named to the All-Region 8 Team. At Monarch High School, Ferraz was an All-Broward County midfielder, and he also earned the Outstanding Student-Athlete Award. The midfielder was ranked No. 10 in the nation with Team Boca, his club team.
“I chose FAU because it was the best fit for me school-and soccer-wise. On the soccer side of things, I know it will be a high level of competition, and academically, FAU offers an amazing experience in the classroom.”
Hometown: West Palm Beach, Fla.
High School: American Heritage – Delray Beach
Major: Exercise Science
Fun Fact: Played on the same high school team with Daniel Ragoo (former Owl goalkeeper from 2016-19)
Florvil led his team to an 2A FHSAA Class 2A Championship and also played a role in state and region championships at the club level. During his senior year at American Heritage, Florvil tallied 790 minutes to rack up six goals and 12 assists for 24 points.
“I love South Florida and it is close to home.”
Bjarni Thor Hafstein
Hometown: Kopavogur, Iceland
Previous School: University of Reykjavik
Major: Civil Engineering
Fun Fact: Has never seen a single episode of Friends
Hafstein lists his biggest accomplishment on the field as being the best player at the 2019 Breidablik U19. The midfielder was part of the cup championship team in 2019 and has also played in two UEFA Youth League games.
“[FAU] has a very exciting program and I get to play soccer in top conditions.”
Hometown: Weston, Fla.
High School: Cypress Bay
Fun Fact: Enjoys wakeboarding in his free time
Levy earned the title of top goal scorer in back-to-back years for U17/U19 Weston DA. The South Florida native is coming off his senior season at Cypress Bay where he tallied seven goals and four assists for 18 points. He was also named to the Sun Sentinel All-County First Team.
“My brother played for Atlético Madrid and went on to play professionally. I feel that FAU could help me in achieving my dreams of going pro and will prepare me for life after college.”
Hometown: Vaasa, Finland
High School: Vaasan Lyseon Lukio
Fun Fact: Really likes Snickers
Louko credits one of his biggest accomplishments being that he scored a goal in the second round of the EM-qualifier with the Finland National Team. The Vaasa, Finland product also has racked up playing time with the biggest team in his city at the age of 16 and was named Athlete of the Year.
“I chose FAU because the soccer program is great and I feel like I will like being there. Also, the school’s location is great and the coaches seem very welcoming and value me.”
Hometown: Tel Aviv, Israel
Previous School: Tyler JC
Major: Graphic Design
Fun Fact: If he weren’t a soccer player, he would be a chef
Strauber is coming off his sophomore campaign at Tyler Junior College having started in nine games, while playing in 10 at net to total 1,080 minutes. The goalkeeper led Region XIV in save percentage (.828), goals against (5) and goals against average (0.54), while chalking up a 6-2 record. Strauber says his biggest accomplishment since moving to the U.S. is getting a 4.0 GPA. He hopes to achieve the same goal at FAU and is excited to get on the soccer field and reach new heights next season.
“The location and the place is amazing because it reminds me a lot of home!”
Célestin Theodore, Jr.
Hometown: Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia
High School: Club Med Academy
Major: Business- Sport Management
Theodore finished as the top scorer on his team and received a leadership award while also being designated as the “Player of the Season.” The midfielder was also a callup for the Saint Lucia Youth National Team and scouted for AJ Auxerre Ligue 2 in France.
“After coming to watch the team play and speaking with the coaches and environment around it, [FAU] was the best of interest for me to improve on and off the field.”
FAU’s 11 newcomers will join a group of 18 returners, nine of them being starters. Click HERE for the full 2020 roster. For complete coverage of FAU men’s soccer, follow the team on Twitter (@faumsoccer), Instagram (@faumsoccer) and Facebook (FAU Men’s Soccer).