Markovic Brings in Massive First Class

Markovic welcomes 16 freshmen to his first Siena roster this fall

May 15, 2013

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - There will be a number of new faces when Siena Soccer takes to the pitch this fall. New head coach Cesar Markovichas announced that 16 freshmen will join the program and comprise the Class of 2017.

"This is a very strong class with superb technical and physical attributes," Markovic said. "Our talent level will be significantly enhanced. We are building a very strong foundation for the future of the Siena Soccer program and expect several of these players to make an immediate impact."

Siena, which returns 16 letterwinners from last year's squad, doubles its 2013 roster size with this year's class. The Saints' incoming class features a pair of four-star recruits with student athletes hailing from five different states and three foreign countries.

Edmundo Briones is a 5'10" attacking midfielder and forward from Guayaquil, Ecuador. An excellent left footed 1v1 player who is smooth on the ball, Briones plays for one of Ecuador's elite youth teams, Club Sport Emelec. The captain of his IPAC high school squad since his sophomore year, Briones represented Guayas Province at the Ecuador National Sports Games and was the top goal scorer at the Copa Expreso Tournament for River Plate Ecuador.

One of eight incoming freshmen from New York, Hunter Frey is a 5'11" back from Plainview, N.Y. Last fall Frey led Chaminade High to a 13-4-5 overall record and an appearance in the CHSAA State Title Game where he scored his squad's lone goal. Described as a steady, tactically smart 1v1 defender, Frey plays his club soccer for BW Gottschee which is coached by Markovic in the US Soccer Development Academy, the highest level of club soccer in the United States. Frey was also a three-year captain for the Brooklyn Knights of the USL Super Y League.

Frey's BW Gottschee teammate Peter Gadze is listed as a four-star recruit and ranked the seventh best player in his class from New York according to Top Drawer Soccer. A 5'8" center midfielder from New Hyde Park, N.Y., Gadze was an All-County and All-Conference selection during his junior year at Herricks High. Labeled as an explosive, agile player who is quick on the ball and a box to box performer, Gadze previously played three years for the New York Cosmos in the USSDA where he participated in the prestigious U-19 Trophy Tournament in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Twin brothers Cadeem and Kareem Harris hail from West Hempstead, N.Y. where they both played their high school soccer for West Hempstead. The brothers were captains during their junior seasons and both played three years for the Long Island ODP select program. A defender, Cadeem was a four-year varsity starter and is described as quick, athletic and good in the air. Kareem was West Hempstead's leading goal scorer as a junior and is said to be an athletic forward with good pace who is dangerous in the attack going at defenders.

A 6'3" center midfielder from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, David Itoafa is described as extremely technical with a strong shot and great vision. Itoafa played in high school at Ecole Saint-Anne and led his Brunswick SC club team to four Provincial Championships in which he was named team MVP twice. A five-time member of the Provincial Select squad, Itoafa was selected to the 2010 Canadian Atlantic Regional Team. He most recently competed for Mass Premier Soccer and led the Bulldogs to an NPL New England Conference Title.

A native of Guilford, Conn., Senan Lonergan is a 5'8" central midfielder who was a three-year varsity starter at Guilford High. Labeled as a strong, technical player who covers a lot of space defensively and has good vision, Lonergan was named All-Connecticut, All-Area and All-SCC last fall.

Markovic's son, Danilo, is a 6'3" center back who is rated as a four-star recruit by Top Drawer Soccer. Markovic played in high school for Archbishop Molloy and was a two-year starter playing for his father on BW Gottschee of the USSDA. Described as dominant in the air and strong on the tackle with great vision and precision up the field, Markovic also played for the New York Cosmos and trained in 2011 with Independiente and Norte America in Ecuador.

A local product from Albany by way of Guilderland High, James Mesiti is a 5'9" outside midfielder who played his club soccer for NY Elite FC. Described as a technically crafty player who does well keeping possession and has a good work rate off the ball, Mesiti was a First Team Suburban Council All-Star last fall.

A 6'0" striker from Belgrade, Serbia, Luka Milcic was a two-year captain at the Civil Engineering High School of Belgrade. Labeled a powerful, skillful attacking player with a nose for the goal, Milcic played club soccer for Red Star Belgrade and was the leading scorer for youth teams RAD, Zeleznicar, Bulbulderac and Mladi Proleter.

A native of Charlotte, N.C., James Mingoes is a 5'10" back who starred for the Charlotte Latin School and North Meck SC of the USSDA. Described as having great athleticism and pace who likes to get forward in the attack, Mingoes was named an NCISAA 3A All-State selection after leading Charlotte Latin to a CISAA Conference Title last fall.

David Nigro was a two-time All-Freehold Regional and All A-North Team selection for Marlboro High in Morganville, N.J. A 6'1" striker, Nigro played for New Jersey's top club team PDA Harkes where he led the squad to the 2011 State Cup and 2012 Regional Semifinals. Labeled as big, strong and physical who does well holding the ball up in the attack, Nigro was a First Team All-Monmouth County, Second Team All-Shore and Third Team All-State selection last fall.

A 5'8" forward from Glen Head, N.Y., Alex Portela was an All-Conference selection at North Shore High. Described as a clever, quick goal scorer, Portela scored 15 goals during the 2011-12 season for his Met Oval team in the USSDA. Portela previously played five years for Eastern New York ODP.

Chip Sherman was a three-time Cape Ann League Player of the Year after leading Masconomet High in scoring each of those seasons. A 6'0" midfielder/forward from Topsfield, Mass., Sherman led Masconoment to three consecutive Cape Ann League Titles including an appearance in the 2011 Massachusetts Division I Championship Game when the squad peaked to a No. 6 ranking in the state. Described as athletic with good pace, technically sound and an ability to distribute and finish in front of the goal, Sherman tallied 12 goals and 11 assists last fall en route to being named to the NSCAA All-Region Team.

A 5'10" striker from Pleasantville, N.Y., Mateo Valdivieso led Pleasantville High in scoring last fall. Described as quick, clever, good on the ball and with a great work rate, Valdivieso plays his club soccer for Eastern FC of the National Premier League. He has prior experience with the Westchester Flames and Eastern New York ODP and recently gained international experience when he was on trial in Mexico with club UDG.

6'2" Ryan Vyskocil posted 10 shutouts in goal for Parsippany Hills (N.J.) en route to being named the Daily Record Morris County Player of the Year as a senior. Vyskocil led Parsippany Hills to the NJSIAA State North 2 Group III Final and was also named First Team All-State, All-County and All-Conference last fall. Described as having great size, athletic, a good shot stopper and a big game mentality, Vyskocil guided his Parsippany Gators SC Club Team to US Club Soccer NJ State Cup, NPL NY Club Soccer League and the USL Super Y League National Titles.

The 16 freshmen join a Siena Men's Soccer program which returns six starters from a team that posted a 10-7 overall record last fall and finished second in the MAAC with a 6-1 conference mark.