AKRON, Ohio – University of Akron head men's soccer coach Caleb Porter announced the addition of eight more players for the 2011 season Tuesday.
In total, the Zips will welcome five incoming freshmen and three transfers. The talented group boasts a 2010 Hermann Trophy candidate, a College Soccer News Freshman All-American, a High School All-American and three internationals.
Striker Akiel Barrett (Kingston, Jamaica/Calabar HS), midfielder Dominic Bonilla (Lawrenceville, Ga./CollinsHS), defender David Mayer (Wigan, England/Wigan Youth Academy), goalkeeper Jacob Fenlason (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo HS), midfielder Zach Portillos (Aurora, Colo./University of Washington/Grandview HS), midfielder Aodhan Quinn (San Diego, Calif./Bradley University/Mt. Carmel HS), midfielder Tony Walls (Wauwatosa, Wisc./Wisconsin Green Bay/Wauwatosa East HS), and goalkeeper Jean Pierre Van Der Merwe (Krugersdorp, South Africa) will suit up for the NCAA National Champion Zips this fall.
"This has certainly been a grueling, seven-month process to reload our team to a level on-par with our standards," Porter said. "After the spring season, we felt there were still some major holes to fill. But with the addition of this final group of talented players, I am satisfied we are finally there.
"We believe there are now quality personnel and depth in every position, and we should have all the pieces we need to put a championship caliber team together in 2011. We are excited to welcome this group to the Akron family and I look forward to their contributions."
These eight new Zips will join UA's initial eight-player signing class announced last February that included six All-Americans and the NSCAA National High School Player of the Year as well as the NAIA National Player of the Year.
In particular, the newest signing class will especially help bolster Akron's midfield core, which lost three starters to Major League Soccer last January. Of the four new mids, the three transfers – Walls, Quinn and Portillos – combined to start 53 games in 2010 and have appeared in 108 Division I matches collectively for their careers.
Walls, a senior transfer from Wisconsin Green Bay, will have one year of eligibility remaining. The two-time NSCAA Great Lakes Team All-Region selection was named to the Hermann Trophy Watch List in 2010 and-recorded seven goals and four assists from his center mid position.
The former Horizon League Newcomer of the Year is a three-time, all-league honoree and had started every game for the Phoenix the past two seasons. Walls was named to Freshman All-American teams by the College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer in 2008.
Quinn, a sophomore transfer from Bradley University will have three years of eligibility remaining. He earned All-Freshman Team honors from College Soccer News and Goal.com after leading the Braves to a conference tournament title and NCAATournament appearance with three goals and a team-high 10 assists as an attacking mid. His 10 assists were the most recorded by a freshman in school history and ranked 26th nationally.
In all, Quinn, whose first name is pronounced "AY-din", started all 22 games at Bradley and is the son of Brian Quinn, who played in the English Premier League during the 1980s and earned 48 caps for the U.S. National Team from 1991-94.
Portillos, a sophomore transfer from the University of Washington, will have three years of eligibility remaining. He was a member of the U.S. U-17 National Team pool and was the Colorado State High School Player of the Year in 2008. Last season with the Huskies, Portillos was named the team's Rookie of the Year after recording two goals – both were game-winners – and one assist in 17 games, including 13 starts.
The final midfielder, Bonilla is a 2010 ESPN Rise First Team All-American and the 71st-ranked recruit in the nation, according to Top Drawer Soccer. As the Georgia Class 5A Player of the Year, Bonilla led his club team, GSA, to its first ODP national championship and was named U.S. Youth Soccer Most Valuable Player.
Barrett, a native of Kingston, Jamaica, will join fellow countryman Darren Mattocks and compete for a spot up top for the Zips this fall. Barrett, who was a star striker at Calabar High School, is a member of the Harbor View U-20 Team and his school's Player of the Year.
Adding depth in goal for the Zips will be Fenlason and Van Der Merwe, who hails from Krugersdorp, South Africa.
Fenlason was the starting keeper on the third-ranked high school team in the nation last fall, according to ESPN Rise. Furthermore, the Region IV ODP pool player set school records for career wins (48), career shutouts (26), season saves (135) and season GAA (0.592). Fenlason was a three-sport star in high school after also running cross country and track.
Mayer, the third and final international student-athlete in the group, is a left back who most recently played for Wigan Youth Academy in England.
2011 Akron Men's Soccer Signees
D Kayvon Afsarifard, Chardon, Ohio/St. Ignatius HS (Loyola University Chicago)
F Akeil Barrett, Kingston, Jamaica/Calabar HS
M Dominic Bonilla, Lawrenceville, Ga./Collins HS
F Andy Chiu, El Pasco, Texas/Cornado HS
D Kyle Culbertson, Olentangy, Ohio/Olentangy HS
GK Jacob Fenlason, San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo HS
D/M Bryan Gallego, Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon HS
M/F Luke Holmes, Oldham, England/Our Lady's R.C. HS (Notre Dame College)
D David Mayer, Wigan, England
M David Murrow, Cleveland, Ohio/Strongsville HS
M Aodhan Quinn, San Diego, Calif./Mt. Carmel HS (Bradley)
M Zach Portillos, Aurora, Colo./Grandview HS (University of Washington)
M Wil Trapp, Gahanna, Ohio/Gahanna Lincoln HS
GK Jean Pierre Van Der Merwe, Krugerdorp, South Africa
M Tony Walls, Wauwatosa, Wisc./Wauwatosa East HS (Wisconsin Green Bay)
D DeAndre Yedlin, Seattle, Wash./O'Dea HS