Carolina Adds Nine For 2013 Season
The Tar Heels will welcome in eight high school seniors along with transfer Tyler Engel from Southern Methodist University. The trio of Warren Marshall, Eric O'Brien and Colton Storm all joined the Tar Heels for the 2013 spring season after beginning their academic careers in January.
"This is an exciting group," head coach Carlos Somoano said. "We believe these student-athletes have bright futures as Tar Heels."
The 2013 recruiting class features two top 20 players in the College Soccer News Top 150 in addition to three players ranked to the Top Drawer Soccer IMG Academy Top 150.
2013 North Carolina Men's Soccer Signees
|Player||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Hometown/Previous School||Club Team|
|Francesco Amorosino||M||6-0||172||Alexandria, Va./Washington International||McLean Development Academy|
|Tyler Engel||F||5-7||163||Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg (SMU)||Chicago Fire|
|Omar Holness||M||6-0||170||Kingston, Jamaica/Wolmer's Boys School||Jamaica|
|Charlie Horton||GK||6-5||205||Chagrin Falls, Ohio/University School||Cleveland Internationals|
|Jalen Markey||D||6-2||175||Renton, Wash./O'Dea||Seattle Sounders|
|Warren Marshall||M||5-11||160||Clemmons, N.C./West Forsyth||NC Fusion|
|Eric O'Brien||F||5-5||150||Wilson, N.C./Hunt||CASL|
|Colton Storm||M/D||5-9||155||Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley||HMMS Eagle FC|
|Marco Sunol||F||5-7||135||Greensboro, N.C./Greensboro Day||NC Fusion|
Francesco Amorosino • M • 6-0, 172 • Alexandria, Va. (Washington International School) • McLean Development Academy
Member of the 2011 Youth National Champion squad while playing for ODP Virginia • Helped lead the Great Falls U16 and U19 sides to division championships • Born and raised in Italy before moving to the United States for high school • Named MVP of the 2009 adidas Young Champions 5-a-side Cup in Rome, Italy • All-star regional team member in 2009 while in Rome, Italy • Received the DC Mayor's Community Service Award in 2012 • Played club soccer for McLean Development Academy.
Tyler Engel • F • 5-7, 163 • Orland Park, Ill. (Sandburg/SMU) • Chicago Fire
Two-year starter at Southern Methodist University where he tallied 12 goals and 10 assists in 38 games • Earned 2012 NSCAA Midwest Region Second Team honors as a sophomore in addition to being named Second Team All-Conference USA • Was an all-state midfielder in Illinois • Played in the Chicago Fire Academy and was ranked the No. 13 prospect in the Midwest Region by Top Drawer Soccer.
Omar Holness • M • 6-0, 170 • Kingston, Jamaica (Wolmer's Boys School)
Team captain of the Jamaica U17 World Cup team • Was recently the team vice captain for the Jamaican U20 side that advanced to the U20 CONCACAF final stages of World Cup qualifying • Member of team that participated in the qualification for the U21 Pan American Game • Team captain, most valuable player and leading goal scorer for high school team • Received the Prime Minister's Youth Award for Leadership in Sports.
Charlie Horton • GK • 6-5, 205 • Chagrin Falls, Ohio (University School) • Cleveland Internationals
Member of the ODP State Team from 2008-10 • Helped lead his team to three-straight Ohio North State Championships • Four-year letterwinner at the University School • Played at the IMG Soccer Academy from 2009-10 • Played club soccer for the Cleveland Internationals.
Jalen Markey • D • 6-2, 175 • Renton, Wash. (O'Dea) • Seattle Sounders
A four-star performer according to Top Drawer Soccer • Ranked the 20th-best prospect by both College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer • Tabbed the top recruit in the Pacific Northwest by Top Drawer Soccer • Also ranked the No. 7 defender in the country by Top Drawer Soccer • Earned All-America honors • A fixture with the US U18 MNT, participating in six games including trips to Holland and Portugal • Played club soccer with the Seattle Sounders Academy.
Warren Marshall • M • 5-11, 160 • Clemmons, N.C. (West Forsyth) • NC Fusion
A four-star performer according to Top Drawer Soccer • Ranked No. 26 overall by Top Drawer Soccer • Checks in as the second-best player in the South Atlantic Region by Top Drawer Soccer • Ranked the No. 13 midfielder by Top Drawer Soccer • Earned NSCAA Youth All-America honors • Named a ESPN High School All-America • Helped lead his club team to a third place nationally • Played club soccer for NC Fusion.
Eric O'Brien • F • 5-5, 150 • Wilson, N.C. (Hunt) • CASL
A four-star performer according to Top Drawer Soccer • Top Drawer Soccer tabbed him No. 117 in the top 150 players in the country • Ranked as the eighth-best player in the South Atlantic Region • Tallied 118 goals during his high school career • Led his team to a pair of Conference Championships • Two-time all-conference and all-region selection • Earned all-state honors as a junior and was a Gatorade Player of the Year candidate • Played club soccer with the Capital Area Soccer League (CASL).
Colton Storm • M/D • 5-9, 155 • Mechanicsburg, Pa. (Cumberland Valley) • HMMS Eagle FC
Four-star performer according to Top Drawer Soccer • The fourth-best player in the country according to College Soccer News • Ranked No. 33 in the Top Drawer Soccer Top 150 • The fourth-best player in the state of Pennsylvania according to Top Drawer Soccer • Ranked the No. 15 midfielder in the nation by Top Drawer Soccer • Member of the US U17 Residency Program • Earned All-America honors • Played club soccer for HMMS Eagle FC.
Marco Sunol • F • 5-7, 135 • Greensboro, N.C.. (Greensboro Day) • NC Fusion
Four-star performer according to Top Drawer Soccer • Ranked No. 15 in the South Atlantic Region by Top Drawer Soccer • Helped lead his club team to back-to-back regional and state championships in addition to national championship qualification • Member of the North Carolina ODP program in 2008 and 2009 • Trained with the Costa Rican U20 National Team for eight weeks in 2012 • Played club soccer with NC Fusion.