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Pitt men’s soccer adds Drexel transfer Antonio Illuminato

Pitt men’s soccer team announced the addition of another talented player ahead of the 2024 season, as they found a new midfielder in the transfer portal.

Pitt announced the signing of Drexel transfer midfielder Antonio Illuminato, the first addition to the program following the end of the spring season.

With one year of eligibility, Illuminato contributed significantly at Drexel, scoring five goals and providing eight assists in 16 games.

Hailing from Napoli, Italy, he brings experience from playing in Italian youth setups and will be a valuable addition to the Panthers.

The forward from Napoli, Italy is one of four transfers to join Pitt ahead of the Fall campaign, along with Casper Grening, Logan Oliver, and Casper Svendby.

Pitt men’s soccer didn’t have as much success last season as they did in previous years, finishing 6-7-4 overall. They still made it to the NCAA Tournament, their fifth straight appearance, but lost in the First Round to James Madison. The loss ended a streak of three straight Elite Eight appearances and two College Cups during that time for Pitt. Here’s the latest projected roster for Pitt as they head into the Fall 2024 campaign.

Pitt Men’s Soccer Roster 2024/Incomings + Goings

Graduate: 1 year of eligibility 

Midfielder Felipe Mercado

Forward Antonio Illuminato

Senior: 1 year of eligibility Midfielder Michael Sullivan Midfielder Guilherme Fetiosa Midfielder Luka Kozomara Midfielder Casper Grening (Kentucky) Forward Luis Sahmkow Forward Abdoulaye Toure Defender Mateo Maillefaud

Junior: 2 years of eligibility Midfielder Mateo Stoka Defender Noah Hall Defender Jackson Gillman Defender Raphael Cilli Defender Casper Svendby (Dayton)

Redshirt Sophomore: 3 years of eligibility

Forward Eben McIntyre Goalkeeper Cabral Carter  

Sophomore: 3 years of eligibility

GK Jack Moxom GK Eli Mumford GK Kyle Durham Defender Ameer Abdullah Forward Zahir Dyke Forward Albert Thorsen Forward Massimo Murania Forward Alex Hauskrecht (Walk-On) Midfielder Santiago Ferreiraran Midfielder Logan Oliver (Indiana)

Freshman 4 years of eligibility  Mason Dancy

Players in: Sophomore: 3 Years of eligibility Midfielder Logan Oliver (Indiana) Freshman: 4 years of eligibility Mason Dancy Owen Christopher 

Players Out Graduated Midfielder Joao Souza Midfielder Nick Blacklock Defender Fabian Grau Midfielder Mathys Lefebvre

Graduated/Entered MLS Super Draft Midfielder Filip Mirkovic (Orlando City SC)

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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