University of South Carolina men’s soccer signs three to National Letters of Intent
COLUMBIA, S.C. – University of South Carolina men’s soccer and head coach Mark Berson announced three more additions to the 2020 signing class today as Innocent Twishime, Lorenzo Nagy and Christian Kraus joined seven future Gamecocks who have signed their letters of intent.
Jake O’Connor, Spencer Mallion, Jordan Matthews, Sekou Soumah, Andrew Rosenbaum, Justin Kopay and Enoch Mushagalusa have signed their NLI along with the trio and are set to join the Gamecocks next year.
“We are really pleased to welcome Lorenzo, Christian, and Innocent to the University of South Carolina Gamecock soccer program,” Berson said. “All three are exciting attacking players, who will strengthen our team this fall. They are great competitors and outstanding young men. We look forward to their arrival on campus with the rest of our team as we get ready to start the season.”
Innocent Twishime – Salt Lake Community College
A transfer from Salt Lake Community College, Innocent Twishime joins the Gamecocks from Salt Lake City, Utah. Originally from Kampala, Uganda, Twishime posted 15 goals in nine assists in his two years with the Bruins and was named to the all-conference first team. He has notably represented Real Salt Lake Academy, as well.
Lorenzo Nagy – Puskas Academy
A veteran of the prestigious Puskas Academy, Lorenzo Nagy joins Carolina from Budapest, Hungary. Nagy has notably featured for the U-15 Hungarian National Team.
Christian Kraus – Rockwood Summit High School
The Missouri Gatorade Men’s Soccer Player of the Year, Christian Kraus joins South Carolina from Fenton, Missouri, where he was a standout at Rockwood Summit High School. A United Soccer Coaches and AllState All-American, Kraus led the state of Missouri in goals and points with 45 goals and 21 assists this past year.
JAKE O’CONNOR – North Carolina FC USSDA
Ranked as the No. 66 player in the country by Top Drawer Soccer, Jake O’Connor joins the Gamecocks from Cary, N.C. He’s expected to play centerback for the Garnet and Black.
SPENCER MALLION – Miramar United
A 2019 AllState All-American, Spencer Mallion joins Carolina from Davie, Fla. He’s expected to play in the midfield for the Gamecocks.
JORDAN MATTHEWS – Atlanta United USSDA
The 2017-18 USSDA National Championship Runner-Up, Jordan Matthews will join the Garnet and Black next season from Acworth, Ga. He’s expected to play left back and, or, left midfield.
SEKOU SOUMAH – Colorado Rapids USSD / Philadelphia Union USSDA
Having made 25 starts in 29 games for two different MLS academies, Sekou Soumah joins Carolina from Harrisburg, Penn. He’s expected to play centerback.
ANDREW ROSENBAUM – Penn Fusion
A 2018-19 AllState All-American and 2019-20 All-USA Preseason Team selection, Andrew Rosenbaum will join the Gamecocks from Wilmington, Del. He’s expected to play center midfield.
ENOCH MUSHAGALUSA – Colorado Rapids USSDA
With 27 goals and three assists in 2018 at SLCC, good enough for a fifth-place finish in goals and points in the nation, Enoch Mushagalusa will join the Gamecocks from Denver, Colo. He’s expected to play as a midfielder or forward.
JUSTIN KOPAY – Beadling Soccer Club
A First-Team All-State Selection thanks in part to his 23 goals and nine assists last season, Justin Kopay will join South Carolina from Moon Township, Pa. He’s expected to play multiple positions, including the midfield and back positions. He finished his high school career with 51 goals and 23 assists.