As we've reminded you a bit, soccer programs also bring in recruits officially this week. We've known about most of Shawn Burke's class, announced yesteray, for a while now, but Stu Riddle keeps things ridiculously close to the vest until the announcement earlier today.
This was a much more sizable class than we were expecting, but since soccer isn't a head-count sport, it's entirely possible the math wasn't too off the wall. It's five new names for the men, two of whom have limited eligibility remaining.
A JUCO transfer from Lubbock Christian University, Fogarty-Cameron originally hails from England and will bring some size - 6-2! - to UB's attacking midfield, where any upgrade creates more freedom for Russell Cicerone. I believe he has two years remaining.
Welcome to Buffalo! Tommy Fogarty-Cameron (@TommyCameron_ ) a 6-2 midfielder from London, England #HornsUp pic.twitter.com/nndPM4e4uJ— UB Men's Soccer Team (@BullsMensSoccer) February 5, 2016
Hindle transfers in from DePaul, where he started 45 of 53 matches over three years. He'll only have one year remaining.
Welcome to Buffalo! Brian Hindle a 6-1 defender from Hoffman Estates, IL transferring in from DePaul #HornsUp pic.twitter.com/YrlIRNr3ev— UB Men's Soccer Team (@BullsMensSoccer) February 5, 2016
Juszczak was the only one we knew about, a local goaltender, who - if you're starting to think well down the road - should have at least two years remaining after Joe Kuta and Cam Hogg graduate.
Welcome to Buffalo! Rikard Lindqvist a 6-1 forward from Djurgärden IF in Sweden #HornsUp pic.twitter.com/NIBa6P58M2— UB Men's Soccer Team (@BullsMensSoccer) February 5, 2016
Lindqvist is perhaps the most clear addition at a place of need, as both Marcus Hanson and Nicolay Netskar graduate from the forward corps this year. Quick searches don't turn up much, but we'll find more on Djurgarden IF.
Welcome to Buffalo! Felipe Vieira (@FelipsVieira10 ) a 5-7 midfielder from Maple Ridge, BC, Canada #HornsUp pic.twitter.com/ZDRdbpDgxL— UB Men's Soccer Team (@BullsMensSoccer) February 5, 2016
If Stu Riddle is comparing anyone to Cramarossa beyond the Canadian connection, that's a very good thing, as Daniel has proven to be one of UB's most technical and dangerous players over the last season. At 5-7, Vieira's size might also draw comparisons to 2014 freshman forward Abdulla Al-Kalisy, who couldn't really gain traction while standing a little taller. Felipe seems to be a bit more possession-based. Anything that helps UB's build up game is good in my book.
Scroll back a bit on the site for more on these names. Here's just what's new to us from the release.
Burke on Martin: "Mairead comes from a strong soccer family as well as a great club environment. She will bring a very cool and calm presence to our backline and will look to make her mark in our 2016 defense."
Burke on Daly: "We are excited to have Kara join us this spring semester. One of the top players out of Western New York, Kara will bring an immediate attacking presence to our offense. Comfortable on the ball, she has the ability to play multiple positions for the Bulls and will benefit greatly from her early enrollment."
VanCuyck is the only one so far for the women that has surprised me. She was third-team All NYS in Class A as a senior.
Burke on VanCuyck: "AJ might be the most versatile player in our 2016 class. This very trait is going to help AJ make an impact right away. She is relentless on both sides of the ball and her ability to play both centrally and wide will be a great asset for us."
Burke on Jandu: "Gurjeena is expected to contribute right away in our backline. Playing most of her career as a central midfielder has really developed her soccer IQ and made the transition to center back seamless. She brings both the physical and intellectual presence we need to replace three starters from a year ago."
Twitter, Instagram, and hometown newspapers indicate that Zoccali has signed, but UB is silent so far. Until then, we have nothing new to say