Five Sign NLI's, Join Reigning WCC Champion LMU
Head Coach Paul Krumpe announced the signing of five standouts, along with a spring semester transfer, who will help the Lions make a run at a second straight WCC title.
Feb. 11, 2014
LOS ANGELES- Fresh off a West Coast Conference title and a sixth NCAA Tournament appearance in 2013, the LMU men's soccer program announced the addition of five players who have signed National Letters of Intent, along with one spring semester transfer, who will continue their soccer careers with the Lion program.
"This group of players has a little bit of everything," said Head Coach Paul Krumpe, who will be entering his 17th season at the helm of the program in the fall of 2014. "We have added excellent forwards, versatile midfielders and a very intelligent, attack-minded left back."
Joining the Lion attack up top are Alvaro Madrigal and Grant Sampson.
Madrigal is a 5'10, 160-pound striker who hails from Watsonville, Calif., where he attended Watsonville High School and led them to a 2013 CCS Championship. He also plays for Almaden FC, one of the top USYS teams in Northern California.
"Alvaro is a wonderfully talented attacking player," said Krumpe. "He is very similar to current Lion Adrien Perezin so many ways. I am very excited to work with him and I think that he has the chance to make our attack much better in 2014."
Sampson is a 6'2", 180-pound forward from Palos Verdes, Calif. An All-CIF performer, Sampson starred at local power Palos Verdes High School, which he led to four straight Bay League titles. He also plays with Fram Premier U18 along with fellow LMU 2014 signee Ben Kim.
"Grant is the definition of an athletic forward: big, strong, fast, and a goal scorer," said Krumpe of Sampson's impact on the Lion lineup. "His exceptional pace and knack for getting on the end of service from set pieces set him apart. I am looking forward to watching him develop his abilities in our attacking scheme."
In the midfield, the Lions welcome Antonio Porreco, Jae Hong "Ben" Kim and Greg Antognoli.
Porreco (5'6", 150 lbs) arrives at LMU from Beaverton, Ore., where he was a high school standout at Jesuit High School. A four-year letterman, Porreco was named First Team All-League and Second Team All-State. He also played club soccer for Westside Timbers Copa.
"Antonio is a lot like John McFarlin, who is one of the top attacking players in the WCC," Krumpe said of Porreco's playing style. "Much like John, he has some very unique and special abilities as a midfielder."
Kim (6'0", 165 lbs) hails from Pacific Palisades, Calif., where he attended Pacific Palisades Charter High School. He led PPCHS to the CIF Finals in 2013 for the first time in school history. He plays for the Fram Premier U-18 team which is regarded as one of the top USYS teams in Cal South, Region IV, and the country.
"Kim is a physically gifted young man and is versatile enough to play in any midfield position," Krumpe said. "He has great range and is comfortable on the ball. He also is adept at scoring from both an advanced and deep-lying midfield position."
Antognoli (6'0", 170 lbs) joined the LMU squad in the spring of 2014 after attending UCLA in the fall of 2013. Originally from Fresno, Calif., Antognoli starred at San Joaquin High School. He also led his California Odyessey U18 team to the 2009 U.S. Soccer Development Academy National Championship game and plays for Fresno Fuego of the USL Premier Development League.
"We are excited about what Greg will bring to our attacking group," Krumpe said. "He brings a great mentality in front of goal and I am looking forward to integrating him into our team."
Raymundo Barajas (5'9", 160 lbs) comes to LMU from Glendora, Calif., where he stars as a defensive back at Glendora High School. Prior to his time at Glendora, he attended powerhouse Bishop Mora Salesian where he played his freshman and junior year and was name All-Santa Fe League both years and led Salesian to the 2011 CIF State Championship. At the club level, he plays for the Los Angeles Galaxy Academy U-18 of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.
"Raymundo is a very intelligent left-sided defender who really likes to get forward and join the attack," said Krumpe. "I anticipate him really pushing for a spot in our team right from day one.
"Altogether, these young men make up a class that I am very excited about," Krumpe said. "I am looking forward to their contributions in 2014 and beyond. Our top priority in 2014 is repeating as WCC Champions and advancing further in the NCAA tourney."
Continue to check back to LMULions.com as the LMU soccer program expects to add to its 2014 recruiting class later this spring.