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University of Virginia men’s soccer announces 2016 recruiting class

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (Via University of Virginia) – The Virginia men’s soccer program has announced its incoming recruiting class for the 2016-17 season. The talented group features 10 student-athletes, including one transfer.

“We are excited to welcome this class to Virginia,” Virginia head coach George Gelnovatch said. “We believe the members of this group are very talented on and off the field and are good fits for our program. We look forward to having them and are anticipating a few more signings in the near future.”

The recruiting class includes Max Diamond (Hopedale, Mass.), Victor Falck (Virginia Beach, Va.), Josh Goldstern (Livingston, N.J.), Aaron James (Amherst, Mass.), Terrell Lowe (Hillsboro, Ore.), Weston McKennie (Little Elm, Texas), Lucas Mendes (Arlington, Va.), Colin Shutler (Broadlands, Va.) and Raheem Taylor-Parkes (Tampa, Fla.) as well as transfer Bay Kurtz (Crown Point, Ind.) from Liberty.

Following are brief bios on each of the newcomers.

Max Diamond, M, Hopedale, Mass.
• Played for New England Revolution Academy
• Holding midfielder
• Tall, physical presence

Victor Falck, D/M, Virginia Beach, Va.
• Early enrollee at UVA and competing with team during spring season
• Played with Richmond United Academy
• Moved to U.S. in 2012 from Gothenburg, Sweden
• Versatile, can play anywhere in the back six positions, likely in the back four

Josh Goldstern, F, Livingston, N.J.
• Currently at Players Development Academy
• Strong forward with high motor

Aaron James, M, Amherst, Mass.
• Played with New England Revolution Academy
• Speedy, technical wide player

Terrell Lowe, M, Hillsboro, Ore.
• Member of Portland Timbers Academy
• Completed U.S. U-17 residency
• Recently was named to U.S. U-19 MNT roster
• Plays holding midfielder

Weston McKennie, M, Little Elm, Texas
• Competed with FC Dallas Academy program
• Team won academy national championship in 2015
• U-17 residency and currently with U-19 national team (competing with future UVA teammate Terrell Lowe)
• Central midfield, attacking central midfield

Lucas Mendes, M, Arlington, Va.
• Played for DC United Academy
• Recently called into U.S. U-20 national team camp
• Attacking goal scorer

Colin Shutler, GK, Broadlands, Va.
• Played club soccer for Loudoun FC
• Attends Briar Woods High School
• Athletic player with good technique
• Also was member of Region 1 Olympic Development Program team

Raheem Taylor-Parks, F/M, Tampa, Fla.
• Played with Philadelphia Union Academy
• Speedy player who can play any position in front attacking three
• Spent time in U.S. U-17 national team training camp

Bay Kurtz, M/F, Crown Point, Ind.
• Rising junior transfer from Liberty
• Competed in 16 matches, starting 11, in 2015
• Played in 15 games with 11 starts as a freshman
• Tied for team lead in assists both seasons (four in 2014, three in 2015)