POUGHKEEPSIE, New York – The Marist men’s soccer team and Head Coach Matt Viggiano announced seven newcomers for the 2016 season. Three midfielders, two forwards, a defender and a goalie will join the Red Foxes. The program’s Class of 2020 includes four from New York, natives of New Jersey and Washington state, and an international recruit from Sweden.
“I want to thank my assistants for helping me put together a very complete recruiting class,” Viggiano said. “This year’s group addresses a lot of needs and includes some prospects for this season and further down the road. All seven members of the class will make positive impacts on the program on and off the field.”
Samad Bounthong – Midfield – 5-10 – 155 – Seattle, WA/Union City/Red Bull NY USSDA
A dynamic two-way midfielder, Bounthong has scored six goals in his Academy career and is currently a starter for the prestigious New York Red Bulls U18 Academy team, which reached the academy playoffs as the number 1 overall team in the country in 2015. He participated in the Generation Adidas Cup in Dallas in 2014 as a starter for the Seattle Sounders and also appeared in the playoffs with their academy team that same year.
Viggiano on Bounthong: “Samad is a prototypical box to box midfielder with a great work rate and we’re looking forward to getting him in the lineup right away.”
Alex Cancilla – Forward – 5-10 – 160 – Grand Island, NY/Canisius High School/Empire United
In one season at Canisius High School as a freshman, Cancilla led his team to its first Catholic State Championship in soccer. He was a First Team All-Catholic selection and named Offensive MVP of the Monsignor Martin League. He spent the next three years as a starter at Empire United Development Academy where he won a pair of Western New York State Cups and two National League titles along with competing as a starter in the USSF Development Academy. Internationally, Cancilla competed in the Olympic Development Program as a Regional Team player for Region I and he was a starter for New York West ODP. He competed in tournaments in Italy and Croatia and was an interregional trip player in Chula Vista and Phoenix.
Viggiano on Cancilla: “Alex has a college ready motor and he’s very versatile. His game will translate well to the college level.”
Marcus Ginman – Defender – 6-1 – 172 – Sävedalen, Sweden/Kitas Gymnasium/IFK Göteborg
An experienced and athletic defender, Ginman was a member of IFK Göteborg, the most prestigious and successful soccer club in Swedish soccer history. He was featured as a starter for the U17, U19, and U21 academy teams from 2012-15, which competes in the Allsvenskan, the top academy league in the country. His career with IFK Göteborg culminated with a U19 national championship in 2015 with a 3-0 win over Djurgården. Currently, he plays with his local club team, Sävedalens IF, which participates in the Division 2 Norlland of the Swedish football system.
Viggiano on Ginman: “Marcus is a skillful, athletic back who we foresee going right into the back line. His experience and the level he’s played at will make him a top competitor on our team from the get go.”
Michael Lorello – Midfield – 5-10 – 160 – Melville, NY/Walt Whitman/South Huntington Lightning
A two-time All-State selection and League Most Valuable Player, Lorello put up 16 goals and 10 assists his senior year at Walt Whitman as a captain, leading them to a New York State Class AA championship. He was recognized with All-Region, MSG All-Metro First Team and All-Long Island honors. Lorello also plays center midfield for his club team, the South Huntington Lighting, which has won many tournaments, including the Disney Soccer Showcase in 2014 and earned a national club ranking of no. 3 in 2015.
Viggiano on Lorello: “Michael is smart, skillful and has a lot of potential. He embodies everything we look for in someone coming to Marist.”
Ernest Mitchell – Midfield/Defender – 6-2 – 160 – Montclair, NJ/St. Benedict’s Prep/PDA
Mitchell was a starter at midfield for the two time state and national championship teams at the prestigious St. Benedict’s Prep School in 2014 and 2015. He won three consecutive state cups with the PDA Academy before earning a NEPAL regional championship and becoming a national pre-academy finalist the following year. He started all three playoff contests with the PDA U16 squad in 2015 and is currently a starter for the PDA U18 squad at center back in 2016.
Viggiano on Mitchell: “Ernest comes from a great winning pedigree at PDA. He has tremendous upside, good feet and the size and skill to play at the Division I level.”
Ryan Sinnott – Goalkeeper – 6-5 – 185 – Commack, NY/Commack/South Huntington Lightning
Sinnott was a three-year varsity starter at Commack who recorded 13 shutouts and finished with a 43-8-4 overall record. He blanked opponents in four postseason contests during his junior year, including the Suffolk County and Long Island Championship games as well as the New York State Semifinal and Championship games. That same season, Sinnott received All-Long Island Second Team recognition and led the Cougars to a New York State Class AA championship. In his final season, he was named to the All-Long Island First Team. Sinnott helped lead his club team, the South Huntington Lightining, to a no. 3 national ranking in 2015.
Viggiano on Sinnott: “Ryan has all the tools to be a solid Division I goalkeeper. He has great size and is a guy who we got see up close at one of our clinics. He will push our keepers from the start.”
David Siriboe – Forward – 6-1 – 165 – Poughkeepsie, NY/Roy C. Ketcham/Soccer Plus Academy Heat
A local standout goal scorer, Siriboe was a Poughkeepsie Journal All-First Team selection in 2015 and earned All-League and All-Section honors in 2014 and 2015. His club team, Soccer Plus Academy Heat, was an NPL national finalist and Disney Cup champions. He was selected to the MSG Varsity All-Second Team and named Elite 300 Academy Select.
Viggiano on Siriboe: “David will be a dangerous striker for us. He’s strong, fast, and has the potential to contribute from the game’s first whistle.”
The Red Foxes will play their final spring scrimmage April 30, facing Vassar in a local matchup at 3 p.m. Marist finished 7-9-2 overall in 2015, including 5-3-2 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play.