"I am extremely pleased to announce another outstanding recruiting class and would like to welcome them into the Campbell Soccer family,” said Armas, who took over head coaching duties in January. “They are not only well-established soccer players, but also great individuals. Each signee will be a very good compliment to our team, but more importantly, each one embodies all of the core values that we look for in our players. They come from great families, have a passionate love for the game and are great competitors. We’re going to be a young team next year. However, our success will be dependant upon how quickly these players become integrated into our program and become leaders themselves.”
The six newcomers join a Campbell program that has produced a 32-5-5 won-lost-tied record in Atlantic Sun regular season play over the last five years. The Camels were unbeaten in 18-straight league contests (16-0-2), a mark that stood as the longest in the nation until last October, when CU wrapped up its 3rd A-Sun regular season title in the last 5 seasons with a 7-1-1 mark. Overall, Campbell owns a 58-35-7 record since the start of the 2005 season.
Justin Franz / Midfielder / Cedar Park, Texas / Vista Ridge HS / Lonestar Aztex USSF Academy
Four-time all-district and 2-time all-region player at Vista Ridge High School… Member of South Texas ODP 1st team 2005-07… Won state club championship and regional finalist with Lonestar Aztex USSF Academy in 2008 and 2009… Has played against Chelsea, Stoke City, Bayern Munich, Chivas, Monterrey and Tecos in club international competition… Qualified with Lonestar Aztex for USSF Academy play-offs, to be held June 25-30 in Greensboro, N.C.
Jared Girard / Midfielder / Morrisville, N.C. / Green Hope HS / CASL Chelsea USSF Academy
All-state performer as a senior after leading Green Hope to 2009 state 4-A runner-up finish… Also named Tri-9 Conference player of the year as a senior when he scored 14 goals an assisted on 7 others… Helped lead Green Hope to state semifinal round in both ’07 and ’08… Captained CASL Chelsea USSF U-18 Academy team, where he was coached by former CU standout Rusty Scarborough… Member of top-ranked club team in the country… Participated in 2007 SYL National camp… Led his club to a pair of state cup titles, plus 2007 and 2008 Disney Showcase championships and ’08 US Developmental Academy Conference title… Will participate with CASL Chelsea in USSF Academy play-offs, to be held June 25-30 in Greensboro, N.C.
Travis Golden / Midfielder-Defender / Austin, Texas / James Bowie HS / Lonestar Aztex USSF Academy
Two-time 1st-team all-district performer at James Bowie, where he also earned All-Central Texas recognition… Won state club championship and regional finalist with Lonestar Aztex USSF Academy in 2008 and 2009… Has played against Chelsea, Stoke City, Bayern Munich, Chivas, Monterrey and Tecos in club international competition… Qualified with Lonestar Aztex for USSF Academy play-offs, to be held June 25-30 in Greensboro, N.C.
Ethan Hall / Goalkeeper / Raleigh, N.C. / Athens Drive HS / CASL Chelsea USSF Academy
Produced a 0.95 goals-against average in 4 seasons at Athens Drive… Named to USSF National Academy select team pool… Coached by former CU standout Rusty Scarborough with CASL Chelsea USSF Academy team… Led CASL Elite to 2009 State Cup Championship by recording shutouts in each of the final 4 games… Helped lead his club to a pair of state cup titles, plus 2007 and 2008 Disney Showcase championships and ’08 US Developmental Academy Conference title… Will participate with CASL Chelsea in USSF Academy play-offs, to be held June 25-30 in Greensboro, N.C.
Eduardo (Edu) Rodriguez / Defender-Midfielder / Cary, N.C. / Green Hope HS / Triangle United Gold
Participated in the adidas ESP soccer combine… Two-year starter in central defense and all-region selection as a senior for 2009 4-A state runner-up Green Hope High School… Also led Falcons defense to state semifinal berth in 2008… Playing for Triangle United U-18 Gold, the second-ranked club team in the nation, according to TopDrawerSoccer.com… Helped lead Triangle United to state cup title as well as 2008 regional (U-17) crown and national USYSA runner-up finish… played two seasons and started as a sophomore at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Miami before relocating to North Carolina… Helped lead high school to regional championship in 2007… Also played with Shulz Academy (U-17) and South Florida Elite (U-16) club teams.
Aleksi Tossavainen / Defender / Tampere, Finland / Sampo HS / TPV
Sturdy central defender, who has played with his club (TPV) in the Finnish U-19 Championship league the last two years – highest amateur level of play in his country… Has also played in Cup of Finland and Finnish FA Cup… Captained both U-19 and U-17 club teams…