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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Four new recruits for S&T men's soccer

  • Miners have eight new faces for 2014 campaign.
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  • Missouri S&T men's soccer coach Gabe Hall has added four players to the roster for the 2014 season, giving the team eight new faces for the upcoming campaign.
    The latest additions are as follows:
    EDUARDO ABICHABKI, a midfielder/forward from Sao Paulo, Brazil: Abichabki played last season at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Ga., where he appeared in seven games and recorded a goal and an assist on five shots. He will be studying civil engineering at Missouri S&T.
    "At Southern Poly, Eduardo helped lead his team to a 10-6-2 record last season and during the spring, was one of their most productive attacking players by scoring or adding an assist in every game," Hall said. "We feel Eduardo's technical ability and reading of the game will help drive our attack in 2014 and we're also looking for him to play in any of the five attacking roles."
    FELIPE ANDRADE, a forward-wing from Sao Paolo, Brazil: Andrade comes to the Miner program from Pontifica Universidade Catolica in Brazil, where he is studying civil engineering.
    "On the field, Felipe is your typical number nine," Hall said. "He has the ability to hold up play and bring teammates into the game as well as be dangerous in and around the box. He will compete for time as both a center forward and winger."
    MAXI FUCHS, a wing-midfielder from Munich, Germany: Fuchs has played the last two seasons at Nyack College, where he recorded four goals and an assist during his sophomore season in 2013. He scored three goals and added four assists for 10 points as a freshman and had one game-winning goal in each of his two seasons at the school.
    "Maxi is a proven Division II player," Hall said. "During his time at Nayak, Maxi has played in over 30 games, starting all 18 games last season as an attacking midfielder. We are excited to add a player with Maxi's experience, versatility and ability to contribute to the attack."
    DAVID MURPHY, a midfielder from Naperville, Ill.: Murphy played at Naperville Central High School and for the Galaxy Soccer Club in the Chicago area. At the high school level, he was part of a team that finished third in the Illinois Class 3A state tournament and earned all-league honors in the DuPage Valley Conference.
    "With this recruiting class we set out to find exciting attacking players and that is exactly what we have with the addition of David," Hall said. "He plays as an attacking mid or two-way mid who possesses great vision and the ability to open up the game with his range of passing. Because of his ability to change the game with one pass, he will compete for time in the midfield from day one."
    Page 2 of 2 - Previously, the Miners signed Martin Klevjer, Austin Parks, Jared Pechette and Chris Zdvorak for the upcoming year. Parks is from Rolla High School.
    The Miners will report August 18 for the start of practice for the 2014 season.
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