By Justin Grones (@JustinGrones)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (GreenBayPhoenix.com)
- The Green Bay men's soccer team has added two transfer players to its roster
effective for the spring 2013 semester, head coach Dan Popik announced Thursday
"I'm excited to
welcome Jean Carlo and Taurean to the program and expect both players to have
an immediate impact within our team." Popik said. "We added two
players from successful college programs who understand what it takes to win.
Having both Jean Carlo and Taurean enroll in the spring will be beneficial to
their individual growth and to our team preparation for the Fall."
Junior Jean Carlo Perez (New York, N.Y.) comes
to Green Bay after a successful stay at Monroe College, a junior college in New
York City where he played in the NJCAA National Championship game during the
2011 season, his last season with the program.
"Jean Carlo is a
quick, athletic goalkeeper with excellent shot stopping ability." Popik
said. "Perez has the potential and ability to be a very good goalkeeper in
the Horizon League."
Perez, who will be a
junior for the 2013 season, was selected as an All-American following the 2011
season after logging a 0.56 goals against average.
"I'm very excited to be
a part of this team and its tradition, and I knew as soon as I met the coaching
staff when I was back in New York I'd enjoy playing here in Green Bay," Perez
A transfer from High
Point University, Tauren Greenidge (Bridgetown,
Barbados) is a midfielder that will also be a junior for the 2013 season.
Greenidge is a native of Bridgetown, Barbados, and played in 17 games last
season for the Panthers.
"Tauren is a talented
midfield who will add speed and athleticism to our group. He can cover a
lot of space in the midfield on both sides of the ball," Popik said.
"He played an important role on a very successful High Point team that was
ranked in the Top 25 last season."
Greenidge scored a goal
in a 6-0 win over Northern Kentucky last season, the same team Green Bay defeated
1-0 on August 24.
"Coach Popik was really
nice and is well-educated about the game, so it made my decision to come here a
lot easier," Greenidge said.
Not only is Popik
pleased with adding two talented players, he's pleased with the fact they chose
to transfer to Green Bay from outside the state and even outside the Midwest.
"This is a special
program with a great history that has a track record of not only producing
professional soccer players but student-athletes who are successful in their
post college careers. Having players from different parts of the country and
world provides a good learning environment for our student-athletes on and off
the field," Popik said.
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