Not only is the SVSU men’s soccer team returning most of its team that won 15 games last season, they have also brought in some impressive recruits. So far, the team has signed three players that will be on the 2016 squad.
Roderic Green is a high school standout that will be bringing his talents to SVSU. He will graduate from Lakeland High School this spring, and plays club soccer with the Crew-Wolves Academy.
“He’s been a prolific goal scorer through all the youth levels,” head soccer coach Andy Wagstaff said. “He brings a lot of pace, athleticism and a knack for scoring. He can play as a striker or as a winger. There were a lot of schools that showed interest in (Green), and we were lucky to get his signature.”
SVSU also found a talented goalkeeper overseas, signing Irishman Connor Keane. Keane plays in England for the same two teams that Wagstaff played for before coming to the U.S. He played with Bury FC as a scholar for two years, followed by one year playing for Wigan Athletic FC. He also has experience at the national level, being in the pool for the U17 Republic of Ireland national team.
The third signee so far in this years recruiting class is another striker, Bjion Campbell. Campbell is a native of Jamaica, but lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. After two years at Owens Community College in Ohio, Campbell will come to the Cardinals as a transfer. At Owens, he was both an all-conference and all-region player.
“He’s a very technically gifted player with a good athletic frame, with a knack for scoring goals as well.” Wagstaff said.
Wagstaff and his staff are excited about the recruiting class so far, and happy with the direction in which the program is headed.
We’re really excited about the three players that are coming in,” Wagstaff said. “We will never replace what we graduated this past season, but we’re definitely bringing in some players that will continue to make our program stronger and stay as a national power.