ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure University men's soccer head coach Kwame Oduro has announced the addition of seven student-athletes to the roster for the 2020 season.
David Cubillos, Michael Kohl, Declan O'Sullivan, Mitch Wambach, Akwasi Kwarteng, Luca Tiozzo and Moses Roque have all declared their intent to enroll at St. Bonaventure beginning this fall.
"The big thing we need to improve on is putting the ball in the back of the net and we feel confident in the players coming back to do that," Oduro said. "We also feel the new players can make the rest of our team even better. We are very excited to help these young men in their next steps to becoming adults."
David Cubillos joins the Bonnies from London, Ontario. He played on defense for Sir Fredrick Banting High School where he was a member of the honor roll. Cubillos spent time with Toronto FC where he helped that team claim the City Championship in 2018. At St. Bonaventure, Cubillos plans to major in sports studies.
COACH ODURO ON CUBILLOS – "We saw him playing with Toronto FC of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. We do not expect him to start right away, but he will get a ton of minutes. David is very good on the ball as well as a good leader. He can play as a center back, full back or holding mid which are all positions we need for the future. We are excited to have David join our family."
Joining the Brown and White from New Hartford, N.Y. is Michael Kohl. He is a defender for New Hartford High School and also played with the Empire United Development Academy. Kohl plans on majoring in business upon arrival at St. Bonaventure.
COACH ODURO ON KOHL – "A well-built, strong kid, he's been to our camp many times and he's just continually gotten better. We are grooming him for his sophomore year when we will be losing several key guys. A big bodied, strong, tough kid and if he develops as we expect then he should be able to help us."
Declan O'Sullivan comes to St. Bonaventure after playing in the midfield and as a forward for Monclair High School. O'Sullivan originally hails from Sydney, Australia and then came to Canada, playing for Sigma FC based in Mississauga, Ontario. O'Sullivan intends to major in sports management at St. Bonaventure.
COACH ODURO ON O'SULLIVAN – "He was unbelievable his junior year, but a major injury hindered his senior season so he decided to take a gap year to get healthy. We are hoping we can get him back to the level he is capable of playing at and if he can, then he can be an impactful player for us."
Mitch Wambach was a defender for Pittsford High School in Pittsford, N.Y. Wambach also spent time playing for the Empire United Development Academy. Wambach was named his high school's team captain as a junior. His aunt, Abby, is the all-time leading scorer in both men's and women's international soccer and is a three-time Olympic gold medalist. Wambach plans on majoring in finance at St. Bonaventure.
COACH ODURO ON WAMBACH – "If the name rings a bell, he's the nephew of Abby Wambach, one of the all-time greats in U.S. women's soccer history. We saw Mitch play when he was very young and have kept track of him. His jump to Empire United in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy will help prepare him for the Division I level of play. His soccer IQ is very high which will allow him to adapt quickly at our level."
Joining the Bonnies from Accra, Ghana is Akwasi Kwarteng. The lone transfer of the 2020 recruiting class, Kwarteng spent one season at Finlandia University where he led the team with 22 points and 11 goals. He will be a sophomore with three years of eligibility remaining. He was named to the All-ACAA First Team after tying for the conference lead in goals. Kwarteng has also spent time with the Club Tijuana academy team of the Liga MX. Upon arrival at St. Bonaventure, Kwarteng will major in business administration.
COACH ODURO ON KWARTENG – "He is originally from Ghana, but came over to the United States and played a year for a Division III program in Michigan. Akwasi is good on the ball, he works hard, and he's fast. He is another player we hope can produce goals for us going forward."
Coming to St. Bonaventure is Luca Tiozzo from Como, Italy. Tiozzo was a forward for Istituto San Carlo Orsoline and was a three-time team MVP. Tiozzo is undecided on a major at St. Bonaventure.
COACH ODURO ON TIOZZO – "Luca's frame will cause defenders some problems. He is very good in the air and at holding the ball up to link play with his midfielders. We expect him to be an impact player right away for us."
Moses Roque joins the Bonnies from Great Falls, Montana. Roque was an attacking midfielder for C.M. Russell High School where he was an All-State Selection. He also was selected to the All-Conference team and was the C.M. Russell team MVP. At the club level, Roque spent time with Rush, Helena Arsenal, Bozeman Blitz and ODP. Roque intends on majoring in business administration or management at St. Bonaventure.
COACH ODURO ON ROQUE – "Moses is small in stature but he makes up for it by being very technical and having a good soccer IQ. We will look at him as a wide player and eventually move him central."
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