Brown University Men's Soccer Coach, Pat Laughlin has announced the addition of seven newcomers to join the 2011 squad. Tommy Arns, Alex Carr, Mitch Kupstas, Jordan Mandelbaum, Alex Markes, Ben Maurey, and Daniel Taylor.
"We are very excited to have these seven young men join the men's soccer program here at Brown," said Laughlin. "We had some very specific needs in this recruiting class and we feel that those were addressed. We look forward to their contributions to the team this fall."
Arns is an Illinois native and joins Brown from Barrington High School. As a member of the Sockers FC USSF Academy team, Tommy brings a high pedigree into the midfield. His Sockers team reached the Academy National Finals in 2010. As the second-leading scorer on that team, he was a major contributor to their success in reaching the finals. His club were also group winners in the fiercely-competitive Development Academy play-offs in 2010. Laughlin remarked, "Tommy Arns is a player whom we feel is capable of making an impact in an area of the field where we have an immediate need. He is talented and mature and was coveted by many excellent collegiate programs. We are excited to see him in action in a Brown uniform"
Alex Carr from Hamilton Boys School in Waikato, New Zealand, is a goalkeeper with vast international experience. A member of the New Zealand Under-20 national program, he has competed in a multitude of international tournaments, including the Under-17 World Cup in Nigeria and in England, Ireland, Japan and Australia. He has been recently selected to the Under-20 squad that will participate in the Suwon International Tournament in Korea in 2011. He is a member of the Waikato FC club, and captained a New Zealand select team that toured the western United States earlier this year. "The greatest upside about Alex is that he is so vastly experienced at such a young age", commented Laughlin. "We have to replace a four-year starter (Paul Grandstrand) in the goalkeeper position, and we feel that Alex is a player who can immediately compete for a place."
Kupstas is a native of Suwanee, Georgia and attended Peachtree Ridge High School. A member of the successful Concorde Fire Under-18 USSF Academy team, he has been a mainstay in the goal. He has played well over 40 games with Concorde, and previous club, Atlanta Fire. He has toured internationally on a number of occasions, including trips to both Chile and England in recent years. Together with his success in the US Development Academy, Mitch was a captain and four-year varsity letter-winner at Peachtree Ridge. Laughlin notes, "Mitch is a very experienced 'keeper who can improve our team. He has the ability and experience to come into our squad and compete straight away. With Alex (Carr) and Mitch in our incoming class we are confident that our goalkeeping will continue to maintain the high standards that we have come to expect here at Brown."
Jordan Mandelbaum is one of two Southern-Californian defenders arriving on College Hill in 2011. A student at Brentwood High School, Mandelbaum is an excellent young player, having most-recently been a member of the Real So Cal Under-16/18 team in the United States Soccer Federation Development Academy. His team has enjoyed great success, including winning championships at the prestigious Dallas Cup (2009) and San Diego Surf Cup. As a standout High School player, Mandelbaum was recognized league-wide in winning All-CIF honors the past two years. "Jordan is a player who fits the profile of a Brown student-athlete", commented Laughlin. "He is a versatile defender with tremendous energy, and has experience at a very high level. We are hoping that he can help to fill the void at the back left by David Walls' departure."
Markes is the other Californian in the Class of 2015. Also a member of the Real So Cal Academy program, he is a defender that can play in any one of the four defensive positions. He is from Valencia, and attended Harvard-Westlake school where he has excelled both as a student and student-athlete. A member of the Dallas Cup and San Diego Surf Cup winning teams with his academy team, he brings an outstanding pedigree into the freshman class. "Alex is a fine player and just as importantly, an outstanding student and person," said Laughlin. "I am confident that he will complete a great four-year career at Brown, and will prove to be an excellent collegiate player. He is athletic and versatile – two critical components of a typical Brown Men's Soccer player."
Ben Maurey is an attacking player and joins the incoming class at Brown from Downingtown, Pennsylvania. He attended Malvern Prep School where he has excelled academically and on the field of play. In 2010 he was a member of the Penn Fusion team that competed in the USYSA National Championships in Kansas City, and also competed in the Olympic Development Program (ODP) Nationals. Following this success he became a member of the FC Delco Under-18 team in the US Soccer Development Academy. At 6'5" tall, Maurey should have no trouble adapting to the physical demands of the collegiate game. "Ben is a physical player who can add another dimension to our attacking play," said Laughlin. "He is robust, but also moves very well. We are expecting him to be able to make an immediate impact, both in training and on the field of play."
Daniel Taylor is the "local" member of this years' incoming class, hailing from nearby Greenwich, Connecticut. He attended the Brunswick School and was a standout student-athlete. As a member of the South Central Premier Academy he has played a consistently high level, mostly in the midfield, since 2009. As a junior and senior he was recognized as a WNEPSSA All-Star, and was a member of the NEPSSA All-Star team in 2010. Laughlin notes, "The addition of Daniel into our incoming class was an easy decision to make. He is another versatile, athletic player who understands what it takes to be a student-athlete at Brown University. We are excited to have him on board and are looking forward to seeing him perform on this stage."
"Overall, we are very happy with the ability-level and balance that this incoming class brings to the table," said Laughlin. Only time will tell what the future holds for these young men, but I am confident that they all have the winning mentality and maturity to improve our squad and help elevate this team to even greater heights."