July 3, 2014
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - A total of 13 newcomers are set to join the Siena Soccer program this fall. Head Coach Cesar Markovic has announced the additions of nine true freshmen and four transfers to the Saints' 2014 roster.
A diverse group, Siena's 13 newcomers include student athletes from Brazil, Italy, Serbia and Spain as well as seven New York natives including two Capital Region products. The nine freshmen are Phil Barrett, Tommaso Centemero, Paolino Curto, Marco Kloster, Nick Mancini, Milorad Sobot, Alex Tejera, Miguel Tudon and Josh Weiss. The four transfers joining the Saints are Uros Antic (St. Rose), Enrique Hidalgo (NJIT), Kamil Pruszko (Baruch College) and Junior Rosero (Stony Brook).
A local product from nearby Clifton Park, N.Y., Barrett was named both the Times Union and The Saratogian Player of the Year and MVP of the Suburban Council last fall after leading Shenendehowa to a third conference regular season title in four years. A versatile performer who has played all over the field, the captain of the Plainsmen scored six goals and two assists after transitioning to striker midway through his senior year. Barrett was a National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-New York Fourth Team selection as well as an All-Section honoree and finalist for the 2013 Section II Class AA Player of the Year. Barrett, who also participated in the Section II All-Star Game last fall, played his club soccer for the NY Elite Alleycats.
"Phil is an outstanding local athlete with a good engine," said Markovic, who enters his second season as head coach. "He brings true versatility and two-way abilities."
A native of Monza, Italy, Centemero currently resides in Campo Largo, Brazil. He spent a postgraduate year at Hebron Academy in Maine last season where he was the team's leading scorer with 15 goals in 15 matches. Centemero was named a Maine Association of Independent School Athletic Directors All-Conference selection and a New England Prep School Soccer Association Senior All-Star after guiding Hebron to an MAISAD Title and NEPSSA Class C Semifinals appearance in his only season at the school. Centemero, who played his club soccer for Parana Clube Futebol in Brazil, will not play with the Saints this fall as he first must serve an academic year in residence.
"Tomasso is clever and a technically proficient player with the ability to contribute in several positions," noted Markovic.
Curto is another local product from Niskayuna, N.Y. and has Siena ties as his father, Charlie Curto, was the Saints' head men's soccer coach from 1984-07. Last season he was named an NSCAA Second Team All-State and All-Region II selection while captaining South Colonie. Curto was also named a First Team All-Suburban Council selection, a finalist for Section II Class AA Player of the Year and played in the Section II All-Star Game. Curto, who played his club soccer with Barrett on the NY Elite Alleycats, is a member of both the Eastern New York and US Region 1 ODP squads.
"Paolino is a quick, slippery attacking player with a nose for the goal," commented Markovic. "I am happy to have a local talent staying home."
A native of Curitiba, Brazil, Kloster played with Centemero last season at Hebron Academy. A three-year starter for the Lumberjacks, Kloster was a three-time All-Conference and two-time NEPSSA All-Star. A two-time team MVP, Kloster led Hebron Academy to three consecutive MAISAD Titles and berths in the NEPSSA Class C Tournament. An MAISAD All-Conference Athletic/Academic Award recipient in 2012, Kloster played for the Trieste Futebol Clube in Brazil.
"Marco is a technically gifted player with an amazing engine," said Markovic. "He is a true box-to-box midfielder."
Mancini joins the Saints from Toms River, N.J. where he attended Toms River East. Mancini is the starting goalkeeper on the NJSA 04 US Soccer Development Academy team where he helped guide their U17 squad to the New Jersey State Cup Finals.
"Nick is a good reaction keeper and shot stopper playing at the highest level of US Soccer," noted Markovic.
Sobot is a 6'3" center back from Belgrade, Serbia. He played for BSK Borca of the U19 National League, the highest level of youth soccer in Serbia. Sobot previously played for OFK Beograd, which is also one of the top youth programs in the country.
"Milorad is a strong, physical left-footed defender with tremendous ability in the air and strong on the tackle," commented Markovic.
A native of Ossining, N.Y., Tejera is a 6'2" striker who starts for Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls USSDA squad which is ranked first nationally and is the defending USSDA National Champions. Ranked as the 44th best recruit in this year's class by CollegeSoccerNews.com, Tejera is ranked 46th overall and is a four-star recruit according to TopDrawerSoccer.com including the 16th rated forward and ninth rated recruit from the New York/New Jersey region. In high school, Tejera was the youngest ever varsity starter in Ossining history and was named league MVP in addition to being an All-League and All-Section selection. With the Red Bulls - the top youth program for the MLS organization - Tejera led the team in scoring with 16 goals. He was previously a US Youth National Team ID and US National Training Center participant and recently represented the Red Bulls' U23 squad in the famous Lamar Hunt Open Cup while also training with the MLS team's reserve squad.
"Alex is most comfortable in the penalty box," said Markovic. "A classic center forward with an imposing physical presence and a nose for the goal, he is one of the top scorers in the country while playing the highest level of US Soccer."
Tudon joins the Saints from Castellon, Spain where he attended Laude British School of Vila-Real. He was the starting goalkeeper for his club team Atletico Burriana-Salesianos C.F. which competes in Spain's U-19 National League against the likes of the La Liga youth teams of Levante, Valencia and Villareal.
"Miguel is a proven and experienced goalkeeper with cat-like reflexes who competed in the highest league in Spain," noted Markovic.
A goalkeeper from Hicksville, N.Y., Weiss is listed as a three-star recruit by TopDrawerSoccer.com. He set school records for shutouts (21) and fewest goals allowed (three) in leading St. Anthony's to a 22-1-1 record last fall and a No. 8 final national ranking in the Fall FAB 50 Top-10. Weiss made 124 saves en route to being tabbed an All-CHSAA and MSG Varsity All-Long Island selection after leading St. Anthony's to the NSCHSAA Title in which he stopped three penalty kicks in the championship match. Weiss played his club soccer for Massapequa Celtic and previously played for both the Levittown Blue Dragons and Albertson SC of the USSDA.
"Josh is a highly touted goalkeeper with great agility and a winning history," commented Markovic.
Antic has three years of eligibility remaining after playing locally last season at Division II St. Rose. The center midfielder from Belgrade, Serbia appeared in all 18 matches last fall for the Golden Knights and was named a Third Team All-Northeast-10 Conference selection after tallying 10 points on four goals and two assists. Named the NE-10 Rookie of the Week on September 23rd, Antic helped guide St. Rose to the program's most wins since 1990 and first-ever NE-10 Tournament Appearance in the program's 14 seasons in the league. In Serbia, Antic attended Politehnika and was captain of his club team FK Zemun which captured the First Division Belgrade Title and participated in the Serbian National League.
"Uros is an outstanding two-way midfielder with toughness and creativity," said Markovic. "He has a full package of good qualities."
Hidalgo will be a junior for the Saints after spending the previous two seasons at NJIT. The Flushing, N.Y. product appeared in 33 career matches including 15 starts for the Highlanders, tallying seven points. He played in 18 matches making 12 starts during his freshman season in 2012 and notched three goals and six points while playing for Markovic, who was NJIT's head coach at the time. In high school, Hidalgo played for St. Francis Prep where he helped lead his team to a 17-1-1 overall record and an NSCAA No. 10 regional ranking during his senior season and an NYCCHSAA Championship and State Finals berth. Hidalgo, who played his club soccer for Bayside United, also played for the Eastern New York and Region 1 ODP programs.
"Enrique is an incredibly creative passer and dribbler," noted Markovic. "He is very slippery and deceptive with the ball."
Pruszko attended Baruch College last year but did not play soccer and will have four years of eligibility remaining with the Saints. A native of Woodhaven, N.Y., Pruszko led his high school team at Francis Lewis to the 2011 PSAL NYC Class A Finals. A 6'3" striker, he guided his BW Gottschee club team to a fifth place finish last year and was the team's leading scorer as well as one of the top scorers in all of the USSDA Northeast Division. Pruszko previously played for the Met Oval and New York Cosmos programs of the USSDA.
"Kamil is a strong attacking player with an imposing physique," commented Markovic. "He has a tremendous work rate."
Rosero enters his sophomore season with the Saints after playing as a striker last year at Stony Brook. A native of West Islip, N.Y., Rosero appeared in eight matches and made one start as a freshman in 2013 for the Seawolves. Rated as the No. 10 recruit coming out of New York by TopDrawerSoccer.com, Rosero led St. John the Baptist to the 2011 CHSAA League Championship and a State Finals appearance. Rosero was named an NSCAA First Team All-New York and All-Region selection following that season as well as an MSG Varsity All-Long Island and CHSAA MVP and All-League honoree. Rosero played for Albertson SC of the USSDA where he helped the squad qualify for the playoffs in both 2012 and 2013 and previously played for the New York Cosmos where he was named to the USSDA All-East Conference Starting XI for the 2011-12 season.
"Junior is one of the best strikers of the ball that I've ever seen at the youth level," said Markovic. He's an incredible addition to our program. He has great size and strength for an attacking player."
The 13 newcomers will don the Green and Gold for the first time when the Saints open their 2014 season on August 31st against LaSalle at 4 p.m. at Siena Turf Field. The complete 2014 Siena Soccer schedule will be released shortly.