“This is another great class for our program,” said Fuller. “They all have a tremendous character and work ethic on and off the field. The group has achieved quite a bit of success with their various club and regional teams over the years and three of the young men have national team experience as well.”
The Class of 2012 includes three members of the two-time USYSA national championship team, Casa Mia Baysmidfield/forward Christian Barreiro (Baltimore, Md.) and defensive duo Thomas Brandt (Palmyra, Pa.) and Jake Levin (Columbia, Md.).
The trio is joined by midfield/defender Eric Guo (Arcadia, Calif.) who participated in the Chinese-Taipei U-19 National pool and midfielder Nick Unger (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) whose FC Milwaukee team was a 2007 USYSA national finalist.
“A few of these student-athletes have the potential to help us right away, but the overall quality of the class adds great depth to an experienced and talented group of returning student-athletes,” said Fuller.
The newcomers will join a Quaker team that graduated three solid contributors, but returns 12 rising seniors and 10 other underclassmen.
“We were thrilled to see their passion for Penn and our soccer program and their eagerness to be a part of the Penn Soccer family,” commented Fuller. “I am excited to work with this group and I look forward to much success in 2008.”
A brief breakdown of each player along with comments from Coach Fuller is provided below in alphabetical order:
Baltimore, Md. (Calvert Hall College)
High School: Offered youth team positions with European clubs Middlesbrough FC (England) and Celtic FC (Scotland) ... Two-time U.S. Youth National Team Pool (2004, 05) ... Region I ODP, 2004-07 ... Traveled with Region I to England, Scotland and Spain ... Maryland ODP 2002-07 ... 2007 ODP National Champion ... 2006 and 2007 ODP Regional Champion ... Traveled with Maryland ODP to Sao Paulo, Brazil and Buenos Aires, Argentina ... 2007 adidas ESP and adidas Disney interregional all-star team selection ... Traveled to Barcelona, Spain ... 2005 Super Y National Team member ... Played for the Baltimore Casa Mia Bays club team ... With Casa Mia Bays: Maryland State Cup Champions (2006, 2007) ... 2006 Region I Champions ... 2006 USYSA National Champions ... Played three seasons at Calvert Hall College ...Captain as a senior ... 2007 NSCAA/adidas Youth All-America, NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-America, NSCAA All-Academic Team, CHC Scholar Athlete ... Three-time selection for all-county, all-conference, all-metro and first team all-state ... All-Examiner selection senior year ... NSCAA/adidas All-South and Pressbox Player of the Week as a junior ... 2005 CHC Scholar Athlete as a sophomore ... Played at Perry Hall High School as a freshman ... 2004 County Champions ... Led team in scoring every season (career stats: 40g, 27a, 107 points) ... Had 4.0 at Calvert Hall ... McMullen Scholar ... Regis Tutor ... Two-time CHC Scholar Athlete Award winner ... NSCAA adidas all-academic award team member ... National Honor Society ... President of Spanish Honor Society Cardinal Cisneros Chapter ... Member of Spanish Club ... De La Salle Scholarship and Men of Calvert Hall Scholarship award winner ... Glen Meadows retirement home volunteer ... Founded VIDA ALEGRE, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the impoverished.
Personal: Born Dec. 14, 1990 in Baltimore, Md. ... Son of Sheri and Mauricio Barreiro ... Has one sister, Alessandra (age 21) ... Father played Division I soccer at West Chester State College ... Played with fellow Penn recruits, Thomas Brandt and Jake Levin, with the Casa Mia Bays ... Will enroll in Wharton.
Why Penn? “My high school, Calvert Hall College, emphasized and engrained in me the necessary qualities of Faith, Intellect & Integrity,’ and Penn will allow me to continue to honor and fulfill these personal goals and qualities, both academically and on the field. My vow to Penn soccer and myself is to give Penn everything that I have every day so that the Penn community can be proud of our team.”
Fuller on Barreiro: “"Christian is a dynamic attacking player with a wealth of experience playing at the highest levels in club and ODP with his Casa Mia Bays club team and the Region I ODP team, respectively. His experience with the Regional team and the U.S. Youth National Team pool has certainly prepared him for the college game. He is a tremendous young man with a bright future ahead of him. I know he is very eager to begin his Penn career and contribute to our team’s success in the years ahead.”
Palmyra, Pa. (Palmyra Area)
High School: U.S. Youth National Team Pool 2004-05 ... Played with Baltimore Casa Mia Bays ... 2006 USYSA National and Region I Champion ... 2006 and 2007 Maryland State Cup Champion ... EPSYA and Region I ODP participant 2002-07 ... Traveled to France and Italy (2006) and Spain (2005) with Region I team ... Played with New York Red Bulls in Spain (2007) ... Played with Reading Rage and won Super Y League Mid Atlantic championship (2005) ... Played with FC Delco, 2000-05, winning the state championship each year ... Several current and former Penn players are alums of FC Delco ... At Palmyra: Team won the Pennsylvania state title ... Two-time captain ... Four-year varsity starter ... Two-time All-Lebanon County first team selection ... As a senior: named NSCAA/adidas High School Boys All-Region II (East), all-state, Mid Penn Keystone Player of the Year, Patriot News Big 11 Player and Mid Penn All-Star ... Selected to Mid Penn All-Star first team as a junior and second team as a sophomore ... 2006 team MVP ... Four-time Patriot News Mid Penn Player to Watch ... Scored 32 goals and 48 assist in his high school career ... National Honor Society.
Personal: Born Feb. 23, 1990 ... Son of Deborah and Steven Brandt ... Has two brothers, Michael (age 22) and Andrew (age 19) ... Brother Andrew is a rising junior on the football team at Lebanon Valley College ... Played with fellow Penn recruit, Christian Barreiro and Jake Levin, with the Casa Mia Bays ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Science.
Why Penn? “I believe that Penn will challenge me both athletically and academically, which will prepare me for my life after college.”
Fuller on Brandt: “Tom is an outstanding young man who quietly established himself as one of the top defenders in the country over the past few years. In addition to being a member of the U.S. Youth National Team pool, he has been a stalwart in the back for both the Region I ODP team and the Casa Mia Bays club team. He and Jake Levin have formed a formidable partnership in the center of the back for Casa Mia and we feel very fortunate that they both decided to join the Penn Soccer family. At some point, I fully expect them to be the foundation of our backline as well.”
Arcadia, Calif. (Arcadia)
High School: Invited to 2007 Chinese-Taipei U-19 National Team camp ... Played with FC Barcelona (Pasadena) (2004, 2007)... Captain of FC Barcelona ... 2007 Coast Soccer League Cup and Far West Regional League Champions ... US Youth Soccer Region IV semifinalist in 2004 ... Played for SASC Premier (2004-06) and SWSC Inter Milan (2006-07) ... Captained SWSC Inter Milan team in 2007 US Club Soccer Region F Championship (Super Group) ... Won 2005 US Club Soccer National Championship and CSL Premier BU16 Championship with SASC Premier ... SASC Premier was ranked fourth nationally in 2006 ... 2007 Elite 300 all-star team selection ... 2007 Milk Cup participant ... At Milk Cup: started all games, played vs. Manchester United, Benfica and Bayern Munich ... Three-year varsity player ... Captain as a senior final season in progress ... Two-time first-team Pacific League selection ... Named to Pasadena Star News all-area first team, All-CIF second team as a junior ... Scored nine goals and seven assists as a junior ... Led his sophomore team to a Pacific League championship and CIF state final ... Named to Pacific League first team as a sophomore ... Three-time student-athlete award winner ... Arcadia H.S. Student Ambassador at Pasadena Tournament of Roses.
Personal: Born Jan. 10, 1990 ... Son of Jennifer and the late Lawerence Guo ... Has two brothers, Gary (age 22) and Lawerence (age 33), and one sister Sabrina (age 30) ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences, intends to major in political science.
Why Penn? “Penn offers a first-class education and people who are genuinely friendly. The coaching staff here has also been so supportive of me and my family.”
Fuller on Guo: "Eric is someone we identified at the Elite 300 Soccer Academy. His vision, passing, and tackling ability in midfield stood out to us on the first day and the more we saw of him the more we liked him. His experience with the Chinese-Taipei U-19 National pool has furthered his development over the past year. His maturity and work ethic will help him assimilate to the college game.”
Columbia, Md. (McDonogh School)
High School: Played three years with Maryland ODP including trips to Italy, Brazil and Argentina ... Won the 2006 National Championship with the Baltimore Casa Mia Bays ... 2008 Academy League ... 2007 Region I semifinalist ... Four-year varsity player at the McDonogh School ... Two-time team captain ... Two-time MIAA Champion (2004, 2007) ... Ranked #17 nationally by NSCAA ... Team set the Maryland record with 20 shutouts in 24 games during his senior campaign ... Named first team all-county, all-metro, all-Examiner and all-state as a senior ... Named first-team all-Baltimore County and all-MIAA as a junior ... MIAA semifinalist (2005) and finalist (2006) ... Also lettered in indoor and outdoor track & field ... RL Scholar ... Editor of TILT, off-beat newspaper ... Earned honor roll status every semester ... Named to the Dean’s list ... Volunteered for Chesapeake Habitat for Humanity.
Personal: Born Oct. 20, 1989 ... Son of Jill and Maury Levin ...Has one brother Brent (age 20) ... Played with fellow Penn recruits, Christian Barreriro and Thomas Brandt, with the Casa Mia Bays ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Why Penn? “I chose Penn to get a great education and play for a high-level soccer program.”
Fuller on Levin: "We identified Jake very early in the recruiting process as someone who we felt could make a tremendous impact on our program on and off the field. He may not be as well known as some other players nationally, but we certainly rated him as one of the best defenders we saw nationwide and are thrilled to have him in our program. He is a natural leader and a physically dominant presence in the back. His partnership with Tom Brandt is a special one that has proven to be very successful at the club level with the Casa Mia Bays and I would expect that to continue in the years ahead at Penn.”
Menomonee Falls, Wis. (Marquette University HS)
High School: Played with FC Milwaukee ... 2007 USYSA national finalist ... Two-time USYSA Midwest Region II and Midwest Regional League Champions ... Four-time Wisconsin State and Wisconsin State Premier League champion (2003, 05-07) ... Two-time first-team all-conference selection at Marquette University HS ... Co-captain senior year ... First-team all-area and all-state as a senior ... Participated on the Wisconsin State team in 2005 and 2006 ... 2006 Regional Pool member ... Served as senior class president.
Personal: Born June 6, 1990 ... Son of Doreen and Mike Unger ... Has siblings Jen (age 22) and Kevin (age 20) ... Joins his brother Kevin who is a midfielder and rising senior on the Penn soccer team ... Former HS teammate of Kevin Unger and Penn forward Mike Klein ... Father played Division I soccer at Northern Illinois University (1976-80) ... Will enroll in the College of Arts and Science, intends to major in economics.
Why Penn? “The University of Pennsylvania is an institution that can develop me both as a scholar as well as a leader. The school being such a demanding academic environment will allow me to challenge myself in my continued quest for knowledge.”
Fuller on Unger: "Nick is a winner, plain and simple. He does whatever the game requires for his team to achieve success. With his FC Milwaukee club team, he has had a tremendous run of success over the past five years which culminated in two trips to Nationals and a runners-up finish at the 2007 National Championships. His older brother, Kevin, has played an integral part in our team’s recent success and I expect Nick to build on that success over the course of his four years.”