The University of South Florida men's soccer program announced the addition of seven players Tuesday that will join the team for the 2012 season.
"We are extremely excited about the recruiting class that we signed," head coach George Kiefer said in a release from the school. "We feel that we have quality student-athletes both athletically as well as academically that will help us move our program towards our goal of winning a national championship."
The Bulls are coming off of a Big East Conference division championship and an NCAA tournament quarterfinal appearance in 2011, tying the program's best-ever NCAA finish.
The Bulls have added Edwin Moalosi, a 5-foot-5-inch forward from Otse Botswana. Molasi will join the Bulls after playing two seasons with Lincoln (Neb.) Junior College, where he had 44 goals and 25 assists in two seasons.
After his sophomore season, Moalosi was named a NJCAA First Team All-American, and was ranked in the top 10 in the nation in goals and points.
After the success of the Tyler (Texas) Junior College trio from a year ago (Dom Dwyer, Kyle Nichols and Brenton Griffiths) Kiefer went back to Tyler to sign another midfielder.
Samuel Hosseini, a Cologne, Germany native, joins the Bulls as a 6-foot-1-inch midfielder. Hosseini was named a NJCAA All-American and the NJCAA Scholar Athlete of the Year for all sports. He was also named the Region 24 Player of the Year after leading Tyler to a 18-1-4 record last season.
To go along with Moalosi and Hosseini, are two more transfers, Humberto Bertan and Juan Carlos Garcia.
Bertan is a 5-foot-6-inch forward from Mexico City, Mexico, who will join the Bulls after playing one season at Division II Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia. Bertran led the team in goals (12) and points (29) as a freshman. He previously played for one of the top Mexican clubs, Atlante's Youth Team in Mexico, and scored 28 goals in 25 games to lead the league in scoring.
Garcia transfers to USF from Schoolcraft College in Michigan where the 6-foot defender led his team to an undefeated season and a Region 12 NJCAA championship. Garcia anchored a backline that gave up just nine goals the entire season.
The Bulls also added a pair of high school players in Matthew O'Neal and Mike Mitchell.
O'Neal comes to USF from Callaway High School in Jackson, Miss. O'Neal was also a member of the Mississippi Olympic Development Program (ODP) and the Region III ODP Team. O'Neal also was a four-time state champion in track and field and a member of the National Honor Society.
Mitchell, a 6-foot-four-inch goalkeeper from Bradenton, comes to USF from Braden River High School. The Florida native played three years at the IMG Soccer Academy and one year with the Clearwater Chargers. During his junior year, Mitchell posted 17 shutouts in 23 games with a goals against average (GAA) of 0.39.
USF also signed Mario Mesen, a 6-foot-1-inch defender from Brujas, Costa Rica and the Universidad De Hispananoamericano. Mesen attended Colegio Monterrey during high school, and also played on the Costa Rican Youth National Team.