Men's Soccer Welcomes Talented 2014 Recruiting Class
June 20, 2014
CHICAGO – DePaul men’s soccer has fortified its program with 11 incoming student-athletes representing the recruiting class of 2014.
Included in this talented group is goalkeeper Mack Robinson who transferred to Lincoln Park from Ohio Dominican University where he earned NSCAA Midwest Region Third Team honors.
“We want to welcome our incoming student-athletes and their families to the Blue Demon men's soccer team, the athletics department, DePaul University and the city of Chicago,” said DePaul soccer coach Craig Blazer. “During the recruiting process these young men were very successful in communicating just how much they want to be here at DePaul and how they can improve the men's Soccer Program.
“On behalf of my coaching staff, we want to thank our team, academic advisors, administration, everyone within the athletic department and the entire university community for their collective efforts in making the DePaul college experience so attractive to these young men.
“We believe that these 11 new student-athletes have the necessary skill set to be successful academically and on the field in the BIG EAST Conference.”
Here are profiles of the future Blue Demons:
Kosta Brkovic – Forward/Midfielder – Glenview, Ill. (Glenbrook South HS)
Coach Blazer: “Kosta attended a number of our DePaul Camp training sessions and we liked the way he kept improving. He has a very good technical foundation, endurance and is very coachable. Kosta plays locally for FC Chicago.”
Marcus Griggs – Midfielder – Kirkwood, Mo. (Kirkwood HS)
Coach Blazer: “Marcus is a dynamic young man. He is very athletic and has a lot of sound defensive qualities.”
Austin Harrell – Defender/Midfielder – Mason, Ohio (St. Xavier HS)
Coach Blazer: “Austin has been a very successful technical central midfielder for CUP (Cincinnati United Premier) and St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Austin brings a very mature and consistent approach to the game and has also participated in our camp.”
Philipp Koenigstein - Midfielder/Forward - Steinbach am Glan, Germany (Heinrich-Heine-Gymnasium HS)
Coach Blazer: “Philipp recently played in the German Regionalliga for FK 03 Pirmasens. He is a quick, versatile player that we expect to make a successful transition to DePaul and Division I college soccer.”
Robert Ljubic – Midfielder – Skokie, Ill. (Niles West HS)
Coach Blazer: “Robert is club teammates with Kosta Brkovic at FC Chicago. He impressed us at our DePaul Camp training sessions. As a forward, he combines both strength and a very good technical foundation.”
Ryan Martire – Midfielder – Bismarck, N.D. (St. Mary’s Central HS)
Coach Blazer: “Ryan participated in our DePaul Camp training session where he displayed a very mature approach to organizing and defending. The intangibles he brings to the program are impressive.”
George Moushi – Midfielder – Wilmette, Ill. – (New Trier HS)
Coach Blazer: “George is a very technical attacking midfielder who has a knack for combining and scoring goals. He plays locally for his father, Isaac, with Team Evanston and has previously played with the Chicago Fire Academy.”
Caleb Pothast – Midfielder/Defender – Lake Zurich, Ill. (Lake Zurich HS)
This four-year, honor roll student started on varsity as a freshman and sophomore before playing exclusively at the club soccer level with Sockers FC. He is the leading scorer for the U18 USSDA Academy team and is rated a four-star recruit by TopDrawerSoccer.com. His oldest brother Eric plays professionally in Sweden after starring at Marquette and older brother John plays at Marquette.
Coach Blazer: “Caleb is a talented left-footed defender who has been a very successful academy player with the Chicago Sockers. Caleb is very competitive, and we look forward to his transition to college soccer.”
Mack Robinson – Goalkeeper – Cincinnati, Ohio (LaSalle HS/Ohio Dominican University)
Coach Blazer: “We originally recruited Mack out of LaSalle High School in Cincinnati, and after two seasons at Ohio Dominican, he transferred to DePaul during the winter term. During the winter and spring, Mack made a very successful transition and posted a number of shutouts in the spring.”
Alessandro Thomas – Forward – Sigonella, Italy – (Sigonella HS)
Coach Blazer: “Alessandro grew up in a military family in the United States and Europe. He will bring both athleticism and a good tactical awareness in an attacking role.”
Hans Wustling – Midfielder/Forward – Hamburg, Germany (Julius-Leber-Schule HS)
Coach Blazer: “Hans recently played in the German U-19 Bundesliga for St. Pauli. He is very versatile and brings an outstanding understanding of what it's like to play at a high level.”