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With a handful more additions, Pitt men’s soccer roster rounding into form for 2024 campaign

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University of Pittsburgh’s men’s head soccer coach, Jay Vidovich has once again come down to the wire with making additions to the program’s roster as they begin to prepare for the Fall 2024 season.

In the past week, the program announced a few more additions to the program, which by our calculations, brings the total to 10 new players who will be joining the program for the upcoming season, not including any additional walk-ons or later additions.

Those announced additions include a few more local connections.

Cooper Sisson, an Irwin, PA native, who attended and graduated from Penn-Trafford High School in 2023, spent the past year training and playing with BVB International Academy.

Sisson will be joined by fellow Westmorland County high school standout, Owen Christopher.

Norwin, Beadling SC standout Owen Christopher commits to Pitt men’s soccer

Josh Veychek, who also grew up in Westmorland County, where he was in Penn-Trafford School District, played with Allegheny Force Football Club (AFFC) in the Pittsburgh area before moving on to Columbus Crew Academy when he was 12, will also be joining the program.

Joshua Veychek

In addition, Pitt will be adding four international student-athletes to its roster, including Niklas Sorensen, from Switzerland, German center forward Tim Baierlein, Danish right back Laase Dahl and Miguel Bertran, from Spain.

Niklas Sørensen

Miguel Bertran

Other recent additions from earlier in the spring include Drexel transfer midfielder Antonio Illuminato from Italy. Defender Casper Svendby (Dayton) and Midfielder Casper Grening (Kentucky)

Pitt Men’s Soccer Roster 2024/Incomings + Goings

Graduate: 1 year of eligibility 
Midfielder Felipe Mercado

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

  • Tim Baierlein
  • Miguel Betran
  • Owen Christopher
  • Laase Dahl
  • Cooper Sisson
  • Mason Dancy
  • Joshua Veychek

Players Out

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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