Presbyterian College and head men’s soccer Jonathan Potter announced the signing of 10 players to join the Blue Hose in the fall of 2016. The signees include one forward, one goalkeeper, three defenders, and five midfielders.
“We are excited to announce a strong class of student-athletes for our program,” said Coach Potter, who is in his first season leading the Blue Hose. “These young men come from outstanding playing backgrounds and have the right character to help take our program forward. This group will compete for time on the field from day one and push each other and all of our returning players to make PC better. Coach (Flo) Liu and Coach (Jonathan) Lagos have worked extremely hard in the formation of this recruiting class. We are excited for the hard-work ahead this fall.”
Plamen Mangarov - 5-10 - 165 - M - Atlanta, Ga./Duluth - Georgia United USSDA
Bio: Played for Coach Dave Smith at Georgia United USSDA and started 20 out of 23 matches this year and qualified for US Development Academy Playoffs in 2014 and 2016 … Participated in the ODP program at the state and regional level … Appeared with Bulgarian Youth National Team and graduated high school on the honors list …
Why Plamen Chose Presbyterian: “I chose PC because it presents me with a good environment in which I can focus on my athletic and academic development.”
Sergio Pinto Vazquez Mellado - 5-7 - 138 - F - Mexico City, Mexico/Instituto Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey - Santos Laguna
Bio: Captain at Santos Laguna's affiliate Centro de Alto Rendimiento for Coach Victor Chaires … Scored 13 goals during the 2015-2016 season and made the postseason three years in a row … Co-Founder of the student society in high school …
Why Sergio Chose Presbyterian: “I chose PC because I like the academic program as well as the athletic program. I'm excited to play my part what’s happening here.”
Christian Evans – 6-2 - 185 - GK - Manchester, England/Accrington Rossendale College• Accrington -Stanley FC
Bio: Captain for the Accrington Stanley U18 team under Coach Paul Lodge … Part of the most successful youth teams in club history after gaining the most points and clean sheets in a season … Defeated West Ham and Bristol City on route to fifth round of the FA Youth Cup … Was named Geographer of the Year and earned a National Citizen Service Award during high school …
Why Christian Chose Presbyterian: "I chose PC because I was inspired by the new staff’s vision to renovate and rebuild the soccer program and I believe I can be a key player to help achieving that goal for the future."
Sebastian Carlson - 5-10 - 165 - D - Atlanta, Ga./Blessed Trinity Catholic - Georgia United USSDA
Bio: Four-star recruit according to TopDrawerSoccer … Consistent starter for Coach Dave Smith at Georgia United USSDA with fellow freshman Plamen Mangarov … Region III ODP player and made the Academy Playoffs in 2014 and 2016 … Defeated youth teams from West Bromwich Albion, Crystal Palace and Stoke City from the English Premier League with Georgia United … President of the French Club in high school …
Why Sebastian Chose Presbyterian: “I chose PC in order to join a Division I program that had a new staff with the same ambition and determination for success that I have. I also chose PC because of its great academic reputation and family-like atmosphere.”
Ricardo Hernandez Arriaza - 5-9 - 150 - M - Madrid, Spain/Alameda de Osun - Rayo Vallecano
Bio: Played for Coach Javier Galapero at Rayo Vallecano, one of the best youth academies in Spain and served as captain … Competed for the Madrid Regional team and participated in the International Mallorca Cup … Finished second in División de Honor with Rayo Vallecano just behind Atletico Madrid and ahead of Real Madrid C.F. … Golden award winner at Colegio Alameda de Osuna …
Why Ricardo chose Presbyterian: “I chose PC because of the opportunity to balance sports and education. The school is well recognized academically and the challenge competing in Division I soccer is very exciting for me.”
Trevor Porterfield - 6-1 - 155 - D - Jacksonville Beach, Fla./Duncan Fletcher - JFC Armada
Bio: Played for Coach Joey Barrett at Jacksonville F.C. Armada … Winner of State Cup, CASL Tournament and Florida Premier League … Was voted High School Offensive MVP …Was a National Honor Society Member and a Cambridge AICE Diploma recipient …
Why Trevor Chose Presbyterian: “PC was very welcoming when I visited. The enthusiasm of the professors and coaches made me feel like PC was the place for me.”
Ryan Standridge - 5-4 - 130 - M - Greenville, S.C./Mauldin - CESA 97 Premier
Bio: Played for Coach Nick Finotti at Carolina Elite Soccer Academy … Scored six goals at the Region III Championships in 2015 … Was a High School All State and All Region selection … South Carolina ODP and Region III ODP player … A National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society member.
Why Ryan Chose Presbyterian: “PC is a great academic school and I felt at home when I visited the campus.”
Yacine Tchemmoun - 6-2 - 180 - D - Montreal, Quebec, Canada/Antoine de Saint (Rhode Island) - Exupery
Bio: Transfer from Rhode Island … Played and started in four games before suffering a season ending injury … A Quebec Cup Finalists from 2012-2014 … Defender of the Year in 2014 and Athlete of the Year in 2012 … Commissioner's Honor Roll at URI … Participated in the Canadian U17 and U20 Youth National Team Camps.
Why Yacine Chose Presbyterian: “I chose PC because I want to make massive strides in my development on and off the field and help push PC Soccer to the elites.”
Harry Abell - 5-10 - 135 - M - Leeds, England/I.E.S. Pirámide - EFSD Huesca
Bio: Born in Leeds and moved to Spain at the age of six … Played with Peñas Oscense CF and finished third in the Regional División de Honor … Regional runner up with EFSD Huesca for Coach Josete Abarca and helped the team to the playoffs … Elected Class President in high school twice …
Why Harry Chose Presbyterian: “I chose PC because the school offers a great opportunity for me to grow both as a soccer player and as a person … The coaches inspired me to believe that I could make a contribution to something great.”
Hunter Del Valle - 6-3 - 185 - M - Charlotte, N.C./Lake Norman Charter - Carolina Rapids USSDA
Bio: Played for Head Coach Wes Knight at Carolina Rapids USSDA … Three-year varsity letterman and North Carolina state high school finalists in 2012 … Participated in the ODP regional pool in 2014 … Member of the Spanish Honor Society in High School.
Why Hunter Chose Presbyterian: “I like having the close-knit team environment and the sense of community at PC, all while being able to play the sport I love.”