Men's Soccer Signs Two for 2013
Adrien Perez and Alex Diaz have signed National Letters of Intent to join the LMU men's soccer program in the fall of 2013.
April 2, 2013
LOS ANGELES - (Apr. 2) The Loyola Marymount University men's soccer program will be boosted by the addition of two incoming freshmen - midfielders Adrien Perez and Alex Diaz - for the 2013 season, Head Coach Paul Krumpe announced Tuesday.
Despite the small size of the class there is considerable excitement and optimism from the coaching staff surrounding the incoming class of Lions. "These two players are exactly what we needed for 2013," Krumpe said. "We have added an attacking midfielder who is very comfortable in all attacking areas and a defensive midfielder with a very good handle on being able to control the tempo of matches."
Perez (5'9", 155 lbs) comes to LMU from Ontario, Calif., and will play as an attacking midfielder/forward. He served as team captain and earned Mt. Baldy League MVP honors for the second year in a row as he lead Ontario High School to the CIF-SS Division IV title in 2013. Perez also played for Exiles Soccer Club in Palos Verdes, Calif., and was named to the 2013 1995 Region IV Boys ODP team.
"Adrien is a dynamic attacking player who is very good in space and is adept at taking players on in 1-v-1 situations to get to goal," Krumpe said. "He will partner very well with Pedro Velazquez, the 2012 West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year, and should add a lot of quality to our attacking corps. I am very excited to see him in a Lion uniform and feel very comfortable saying that he will be one of the most dynamic players we have ever had at LMU."
Diaz (5'11", 155 lbs) hails from Wilmington, Calif., and will be charged with the task of stepping into a defensive midfield role. Also a product of the Exiles Soccer Club, Diaz served as team captain for his club, Banning High School and the 1995 Region IV ODP team. A multi-year All-Marine League selection, Diaz will also become one of four pairs of brothers to play under Krumpe at LMU. Diaz will join his brother Salvador Diaz (2002-03) along with Matt Kovar (2001-04) and Jeff Kovar (1999-02); Jimmy Burling (2002-05) and Bobby Burling (2003-06); Tyler Krumpe (2008-12) and Cameron Krumpe (2010-present) as the pairs of siblings to suit up for the Lions in recent years.
"Alex Diaz is a special young man and is going to do very well as a defensive midfielder," Krumpe said. "He is very technical and has a superb understanding of how to influence the tempo of a match. He is comfortable on the ball and has the ability to pass the ball over distance. In addition, he possesses a extraordinary level of maturity that will really mesh well with our current group."
"These two players will not only immediately help us build on the momentum that we finished the 2012 season with, but they will also be charged with carrying our program forward in 2013," Krumpe said of the impact of Perez and Diaz. "I am looking forward to their contributions this coming season and beyond. My goals for this program are simple and straightforward every year: we expect to challenge for a spot in the NCAA College Cup in 2013, while our top priority in 2013 is reclaiming the WCC title."