The ORU men’s and women’s soccer teams signed 21 players to the 2016 recruiting class this week.
The men’s soccer team signed nine players. The recruiting class features seven U.S. players and two international players from Columbia and France.
“I’m excited about this incoming class. On paper it’s going to compete to be one of the best classes, if not the best class in the history of the program,” said Head Men’s Soccer Coach Ryan Bush. “We are very blessed to add the amount of quality, depth, talent and academic standard into our program.”
The Golden Eagles were also able to improve their offense by adding forward Gerber Chavez. The Dallas native is currently playing for the FC Dallas 98 Premier and adds instant impact to the roster.
“Gerber is one of the top forwards in the country. He’s also considered to be the top player on the top team in the country [FC Dallas 98 Premier],” said Ryan Bush. “He’s a great student athlete and there is no question he has professional potential.”
The recruiting class features 11 U.S. players and one international player from Ontario, Canada. The group includes two forwards, five mid-fielders, three defenders and two goalkeepers.
“The players come from a diverse range of backgrounds and from very strong club programs. This is exciting as it helps accelerate the transition to the college game,” said Head Women’s Soccer Coach Roger Bush. “It’s a group whose character, energy and enthusiasm we are eager to integrate into the current squad.”
Spring practice for both teams begin later this month.
Story by Russell Dorsey, Courtesy photos