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UChicago Men's Soccer Announces Seven Recruits for 2019 Season

UChicago Men's Soccer Announces Seven Recruits for 2019 Season

CHICAGO – University of Chicago Head Men's Soccer Coach Pat Flinn announced on Monday that seven incoming recruits will join the Maroons for the upcoming 2019 season.

"Coach [Mike] Babst and Coach [Spencer] Lewis put together an outstanding class for 2019," Flinn said. "The players are diverse in their skill sets and have great personalities that will bring a lot of great intangibles into the team. I have done everything I can to watch as much of these young men on film and in person since starting in April. I couldn't be happier with the incoming group or more confident that they will make an immediate and long-term impact on this program in many ways."

The 2018 Maroons made their return to the NCAA semifinals for the second-straight year. UChicago posted an 18-3-1 record while winning the UAA title for the third time in-a-row. Forwards Max Lopez and Matthew Koh were picked as First Team All-Americans - the third such honor for Lopez. Koh was named the UAA MVP as well. Additionally, UChicago secured five All-Region accolades and six All-UAA honors.


Kameron Bloye

  • Hometown: Allen Park, Mich.
  • Club Team: Michigan Wolves
  • High School: University of Detroit Jesuit
  • Position: Midfielder
  • Player Highlights/Honors: Five years of USSDA with Michigan Wolves Academy/Vardar ... Led team in goals/points (2014-15, 2015-16, 2017-18, 2018-19) with over 50 goals ... Four-time U.S. Soccer Training Center Invitee ... National Honor Society President, Valedictorian, Senior Editor of Inscape Literary Magazine.
  • Coach Flinn: "I have seen Kam play a ton over the last couple of years. He is elite in the final third, and has consistently created chances and scored goals in big games for Wolves. We have high hopes for Kam."

Richard Gillespie

  • Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
  • Club Team: Charlotte Soccer Developmental Academy
  • High School: Charlotte Country Day School
  • Position: Defender
  • Player Highlights/Honors: NCISAA 4A First Team All-State, First Team All Conference ... Team captain ... Four-year starter ... 2017 National Cup Champion with Charlotte Eagles U17 team ... National Merit Finalist ... Co-founder of RICE (Refugee Immigrant Care and Education), a service club helping refugees and immigrants in the Charlotte community.
  • Coach Flinn: "Richard has a complete skill-set for a defender. He moves well, dominates in the air, and comfortably passes with both of his feet. We're extremely excited for Richard to join us this fall."

Michael Johnson

  • Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
  • Club Team: Concorde Fire DA
  • High School: The Westminster Schools
  • Position: Forward
  • Player Highlights/Honors: Played for Atlanta United DA in its first season when they won the DA playoffs ...  Helped lead high school team to state championship and national rankings in his senior year ... Totaled 24 goals and nine assists as a senior.
  • Coach Flinn: "Michael is another player that I was able to watch a number of times over the last couple of years. We think his explosiveness and ability to get in behind are a really important addition with Matt Koh moving on. MJ had a great senior year and should hit the ground running at UChicago."

Naz Kabbani

  • Hometown: Manchester, England
  • Club Team: Manchester United, Manchester City, Stoke City and England Schools National Team
  • High School: Manchester Grammar School
  • Position: Midfielder/Centerback
  • Player Highlights/Honors: Played for Manchester United up until 11 years old, played for Manchester City until 15, played for Stoke/England Schools until 18 ... Two-time premier tournament winners with Manchester City ... Earned five caps for England Schools (two as captain) ... Won the Belgian Truce tournament with Manchester United.
  • Coach Flinn: "Naz has an impressive background at some of England's most renowned clubs and academies. I have really enjoyed getting to know him over the past couple of months and expect his talent and personality to make an immediate impact."

Sahil Modi

  • Hometown: Northbrook, Ill.
  • Club Team: FC United
  • High School: Glenbrook North
  • Position: Midfielder
  • Player Highlights/Honors: Two-time Illinois State Cup Champion ... Selected to USYS National Championships "Best XI" ... Captain of FC United that won the USYS Region II Championships ... Pioneer Press All-Area Team ... National Merit Scholar, four-year honor roll.
  • Coach Flinn: "I was fortunate to coach Sahil for four years with his club soccer team at FC United. He is a midfielder that competes for everything and is very capable in possession. In all of my years of coaching youth soccer, I would put Sahil right up there with the best competitors I have ever worked with. I'm thrilled he's joining us in the fall."

Griffin Wada

  • Hometown: Villanova, Pa.
  • Club Team: Lower Merion Soccer Club
  • High School: The Haverford School
  • Position: Centerback
  • Player Highlights/Honors: 2019 Inter Academic League MVP ... 2019 Pennsylvania First Team All State ... Haverford School Cum Laude Society ... 2018 National Merit Semifinalist ... 2016 USYS Region I Champions.
  • Coach Flinn: "Griff is dominant physically. He is different than anyone we have on the roster in this way, and he also has leadership qualities that I expect to make a big impact over the course of his four years at UChicago."

Jake Yonally

  • Hometown: Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • Club Team: Santa Barbara Soccer Club
  • High School: Providence
  • Position: Forward
  • Player Highlights/Honors: Santa Barbara Soccer Club captain ... Led team to U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship quarterfinals ... Cal South National Cup Champion, Far West Regional Champion ... Leading Far West Regional Scorer 2018 ... Distinguished Libertas Scholar.
  • Coach Flinn: "Jake is a really savvy forward. He knows how to play with his back to goal and how to score goals in the box. We graduated a ton of goals with Lopez and Koh moving on, and we expect Jake to be one of the guys that helps replace their goals."