Hofstra University men’s soccer unveils 12-member signing class
Hempstead, NY – Hofstra University men’s soccer coach Richard Nuttall announced his incoming class for the 2020 season, featuring 12 student-athletes that will join the Pride for the upcoming campaign.
“I am happy and excited to announce our incoming class,” said Nuttall. “It is a large group of very skilled student-athletes and I look forward to welcoming them to campus in a few months as we prepare for the 2020 season. I have to give credit to my assistant coaches, Stephen Roche and Shaun Foster, for their hard work during the recruiting process. They did an outstanding job to secure these commitments.”
The Pride’s incoming class is as follows:
|Name||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Hometown/High School/Previous College|
|Ryan Carmichael||F||5-11||145||Armagh, Northern Ireland/St. Patrick’s Academy|
|Daniel Domicolo||M/D||5-9||160||Wayne, NJ/DePaul Catholic/Valparaiso/St. John’s|
|Sam Eccles||F||6-1||180||Sheffield, England/Wales|
|Max Gonera||D||6-3||185||Bayside, NY/High School for Math, Science and Engineering|
|Pierce Infuso||D||6-0||175||Merrick, NY/John F. Kennedy|
|Timothy Kane||D||6-2||170||Staten Island, NY/Monsignor Farrell|
|Holger Maaloe||D||6-2||170||Silkeborg, Denmark/Silkeborg Gymnasium|
|Aman Manghi||D/M||5-6||115||Mumbai, India/Hassaram Rijhumal College of Commerce and Economics|
|Jack O’Malley||D||6-4||178||Harrow, England/St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School|
|Roc Carles Puig||M||5-8||145||Mataro, Spain/Escola Pia Mataro|
|Wessel Speel||GK||6-6||185||Utrecht, The Netherlands/St. Bonifatius College|
|Archie Watts||GK||6-1||180||Bristol, England/SGS College|
Forward, 5-11, 145
Armagh, Northern Ireland/St. Patrick’s Academy
High School: Played soccer and Gaelic football at St. Patrick’s Academy in Dungannon, Northern Ireland…Plays for Portadown FC…Recorded two goals and an assist in 20 games during the 2019-20 season…Personal: Started playing soccer at age 13…Names Lionel Messi as his favorite athlete…Lists pasta as his favorite food…Plans to major in mathematics.
Midfield/Defense, 5-9, 160
Wayne, NJ/DePaul Catholic/St. John’s
Previous Colleges: Attended Valparaiso University and was a member of the men’s soccer team in 2019…Played in two games and scored one goal…Attended St. John’s University prior to that and was a member of the men’s soccer team as a freshman in 2017…Did not see any game action for the Red Storm…High School: Was a four-year letterwinner at DePaul Catholic High School in Wayne, New Jersey…Played for Everton FC Westchester Academy and was team captain…Honor student at DePaul Catholic…Personal: Has two older sisters…Lists Cristiano Ronaldo as his favorite athlete…His godfather, Mike Sorber, is a former member of the United States Men’s National Team as well as for the Kansas City Wizards, the NY/NJ Metrostars, and the Chicago Fire, and was the assistant coach for the US Men’s National Team, the Montreal Impact , the Philadelphia Union, and currently LAFC…Political science major.
Forward, 6-1, 180
High School: Attended Wales High School in Sheffield, England…Played soccer for five years for Coach Dan Riches…Also played tennis, athletics, cricket and badminton…Three-time Athlete of the Year Award winner…Two-time Sportsman of the Year…Was named Footballer of the Year in ninth grade…Earned numerous championship in track and field events and tennis…Earned prize for excellence in geography and sports studies in 11th grade…Helped his team to four Rotherham Schools football championships and one South Yorkshire football championship…Personal: Has one sister…Lists Arctic Monkeys, Drake, Oasis, and Dave as his favorite musicians…Hobbies include golf and tennis…Names Trent Alexander-Arnold, Tiger Woods, and Rory McIlroy as his favorite athletes…Aspires to pursue a career as a chemist or in pharmaceutical research and development…Plans to major in chemistry.
Defense, 6-3, 185
Bayside, NY/High School for Math, Science, and Engineering
High School: Attended the High School for Math, Science, and Engineering in New York City…Played soccer…Team Most Valuable Player as a senior…Team captain as a junior and senior…Team Rookie of the Year as a freshman and Most Improved Player as a sophomore…Scored six goals during scholastic career…Personal: Has one sister…Lists watching soccer, hockey, basketball, and football and cooking as hobbies…Names Sergei Ignashevich, Luka Doncic, Lamar Jackson, and Alexander Ovechkin as his favorite athletes…Aspires to a career in medicine with a specialty in pediatrics…Pre-med major.
Defense, 6-0, 175
Merrick, NY/John F. Kennedy
High School: Played soccer for four years at John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, New York…All-Nassau County selection as a junior…Team Most Valuable Player and Golden Boot Award recipient as a junior…Team Rookie of the Year…Member of the National Honor Society, the Italian Honor Society and the Science National Honor Society…Future Business Leaders of America Stock Market Award recipient…Personal: Started playing soccer at age 6…Also recruited by Brown, Binghamton, Lehigh, Fordham, and Massachusetts…Hopes to play professional soccer…Majoring in engineering science.
Defense, 6-2, 170
Staten Island, NY/Monsignor Farrell
High School: Played soccer for three years and ran track and field for two years at Monsignor Farrell High School on Staten Island, New York…Two-time All-Catholic High School Athletic Association selection…Two-time SIHSSL All-Star…Team Most Valuable Player as a junior and senior…Tallied 12 goals and 14 assists as a senior…Added nine goals and 12 assists as a junior…Member of the National Honor Society…Personal: Has two brothers…Hobbies include soccer, biking, fishing, and flag football…Names Lionel Messi, David Villa and Conor McGregor as his favorite athletes…Lists Ready Player One as his favorite book…Executive member of the Friends of Staten Island group at Monsignor Farrell that raises money for four local charities…Undecided major.
Defense, 6-2, 170
Silkeborg, Denmark/Silkeborg Gymnasium
High School: Attended Silkeborg Gymnasium in Silkeborg, Denmark…Plays club soccer with Silkeborg KFUM…Also played for the Silkeborg U19 team and the Silkeborg IF Youth team…Personal: Has one sister…Names Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Sergio Ramos, and Jerome Boateng as his favorite athletes…Also recruited by Colgate and Albany…Aspires to a career in professional soccer and in medicine…Bioengineering major.
Defense/Midfield, 5-6, 115
Mumbai, India/Hassaram Rijhumal College of Commerce and Economics
High School: Attended Hassaram Rijhumal College of Commerce and Economics in Mumbai, India, as a junior and senior…Attended Don Bosco High School, Matunga in Mumbai as a freshman and sophomore…Played soccer and field hockey…2015-16 District Sports Office Mumbai City Best Player of The Tournament…Represented the State of Maharashtra in the AIFF National Sub-Junior Championship held in Seoni, Madhya Pradesh…Selected from the State of Maharashtra to attend the 40-player Star Sports Young Heroes All-India Camp…Captain of the varsity team in 2017-18 and 2018-19…Earned Award For Excellence in Sports and Studies…Most Promising Sports Person Award recipient…Played club soccer for Mumbai FC, Kenkre FC, and Iron Born FC…Had five goals and four assists for Iron Born FC in 2019-20…Personal: Has one sister…Lists exploring new places and cities, trying new cuisines, and reading as hobbies…Names Game of Thrones as his favorite television show…Aspires to play professional soccer…Business economics major.
Defense, 6-4, 178
Harrow, England/St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School
High School: Played seven years of soccer at St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School in Rickmansworth, England…Member of district championship team in 2016 and county finalist squads in 2017 and 2018…Personal: Brother, George, is a three-year member of the Pride and a team captain…Names Arctic Monkeys and Post Malone as his favorite musicians…Lists LeBron James, Kalvin Phillips, and Conor McGregor as his favorite athletes…Started playing soccer at age 4…Plans to pursue a career in finance…Economics major.
Roc Carles Puig
Midfield, 5-8, 145
Mataro, Spain/Escola Pia Mataro
High School: Attended Escola Pia Mataro…Played club soccer in the Federacio Catalana De Futbol…Personal: Has one sister…Hobbies include running, reading, and hanging out with friends…Lists pasta, salad, meat, and sushi as his favorite foods…Began playing soccer at age 5…Tutors adolescent children in math…Won several table tennis tournaments in Catalonia…Hopes to play professional soccer…Undecided major.
Goalkeeper, 6-6, 185
Utrecht, The Netherlands/St. Bonifatius College
High School: Attended St. Bonifatius College…Played club soccer…Captained the U15 team at CVV de Jodan Boys in 2015-16…Played for the U19 CVV de Jodan Boys Team as a 14/15 year old in 2016-17…Played for FC Utrecht in 2017-18 and was called up to the U23 team for a match against Qatar at age 16…Has trained with the FC Utrecht first team and regularly with the U23 squad over the past two years…Conceded the least goals in league competition in 2015-16…Was a team captain for three matches in 2019-20…Conceded five goals in six league games…Personal: Hobbies include sailing, chess, soccer, mathematics, entrepreneurship, and spending time with friends…Lists Alisson Becker, Ederson, Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Manuel Neuer, Gianluigi Buffon, Hugo Lloris as his favorite athletes…Chose Hofstra over Akron, Quinnipiac, Saint Joseph’s, Wright State, UAB and Pacific…Was a member of the student council in elementary and middle school…Worked on a project for the University of Utrecht to evaluate and improve the study, ‘Built Environment’, in 2020…Provided kids from elementary school with information about the life of a pro soccer player in guest lessons…Entrepreneurship major.
Goalkeeper, 6-1, 180
Bristol, England/SGS College
High School: Played soccer for three years at SGS College in Bristol, England…Conceded the fewest goals in ECFA Group Stage across all eight groups in 2019-20…Posted a 0.57 goals against average…Was undefeated in ECFA matches as a junior…Earned Man of the Match in the ECFA Colleges Cup Final and in the GFA Cup Final…Honor student…Helped SGS ECFA double national championship (first time done by any team)…ECFA Group E League winner and GFA Cup winner…Member of 2019-20 ECFA Group E League champion…Personal: Has one sister…Hobbies include soccer and Olympic weightlifting…Plans to pursue a career in professional soccer, coaching and research in neuroscience…Started playing soccer at age 5…Neuroscience major.