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:

BrkovicKosta Brkovic – Forward/Midfielder – Glenview, Ill. (Glenbrook South HS)
He is a two-time all-area, all-sectional and all-conference selection for the Titans who led his team to the regional title in 2011 and the best record in school history in 2013. Brkovic led GBS in goals and assists in 2012 and is among the top five in career points in school history.

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)Griggs
He was All-State and All-Metro in 2013 and competed on the ODP Region 2 team. The National Honor Society student played on the Lou Fusz club team that was National Cup champion in 2013 and won the state cup in 2010 and 2011.

Coach Blazer: “Marcus is a dynamic young man. He is very athletic and has a lot of sound defensive qualities.”

HarrellAustin Harrell – Defender/Midfielder – Mason, Ohio (St. Xavier HS)
This first-team All-State and first-team All-City performer was named conference player of the year and led St. Xavier to the district final as a senior. The team captain was also first-team all-conference and All-City as a junior and helped St. Xavier win three consecutive league titles. The National Honor Society student was the captain of the Cincinnati United Premier club team that advanced to the national finals.

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)Koenigstein
The versatile standout in Germany starred for the renowned FK 03 Pirmasens club soccer team which won the U15 Verbandsliga Sudwest championship. He has also spent time working as a coach in youth soccer camps.

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.”

LjubicRobert Ljubic – Midfielder – Skokie, Ill. (Niles West HS)
The two-year captain was named all-conference and all-sectional at Niles West and as a freshman on the varsity team helped his team capture a sectional title. He also starred on the well-known FC Chicago club soccer team.

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)Martire
The four-sport standout was first-team All-State as a senior along with being selected to the all-state tournament team and the West Region NDHSAA runner-up Player of the Year. He had eight goals and 11 assists last season. He helped St. Mary’s win a state football title with a 43-yard, Dakota Bowl-record field goal. The National Honor Society student led his Dakota United club team to second place in the USA Schwan’s Cup.

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.”

MoushiGeorge Moushi – Midfielder – Wilmette, Ill. – (New Trier HS)
He led his soccer club Team Evanston to the State Cup title in 2012 and helped the team advance to the US Youth Soccer Region II Tournament that same year. The three-star recruit according to played in the Illinois ODP program from 2008-10 and was placed in the Region II player pool.

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)Pothast

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 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.”

RobinsonMack Robinson – Goalkeeper – Cincinnati, Ohio (LaSalle HS/Ohio Dominican University)
As a sophomore at Ohio Dominican, he started in 15 games and made 65 saves on the season with a save percentage of .793 while posting a record of 10-3-2 with three shutouts. In 2012, Robinson started 13 games for the Panthers and recorded 66 saves on the season with a save percentage of .826. He posted a record of 9-4-0, recorded four shutouts and had a season-high 13 saves in a 2-1 win at Urbana.

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)Thomas
This dynamic forward was honored as the DoDDS Male Soccer Athlete of the Year after leading Sigonella to the DoDDS Division 3 championship his senior year. Thomas also helped the Jaguars win the title as a freshman. He is a four-time selection as All-European, all-regional and all-tournament and a three-time MVP.

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.”

WustlingHans Wustling – Midfielder/Forward – Hamburg, Germany (Julius-Leber-Schule HS)
He was named most valuable player at an international tournament in Belarus in 2009 after leading his team to the title, and he led his high school team to first place at the World Championship of Schools Tournament in 2011. He helped lead FC St. Pauli to the Hamburg Cup title earlier this year and was selected among the top players in Hamburg.

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.”



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