Introducing... Men's Soccer Class of 2022

Introducing... Men's Soccer Class of 2022

PASADENA (June 21, 2018) – Head Coach Phil Murray has revealed the Caltech men's soccer class of 2022, consisting of four incoming freshmen.

Velissarios Christodoulou (Athens, Greece / Athens College)
Daniel Israel (San Jose, Calif. / Lynbrook)
Samir Johnson (Portland, Ore. / Jesuit)
Mohamed Soufi (San Jose, Calif. / Lynbrook)

Velissarios Christodoulou Daniel Israel Samir Johnson Mohamed Soufi
Athens, Greece San Jose, Calif. Portland, Ore. San Jose, Calif.
 Athens College Lynbrook Jesuit Lynbrook


Velissarios Christodoulou
Athens, Greece / Athens College
6'0", Midfielder

A varsity player at Athens College for five years and a senior captain of the soccer team this past year, Velissarios Christodoulou played club soccer for Apollon Halandriou who won the prestigious U18 Athens Soccer Clubs Regional Championship in 2018 following the team's success in 2015 at the U15 level.
"Velis brings a wealth of international experience and success at the highest levels of Greek youth soccer," Murray said. "He is another powerful, tough tackling, energetic holding midfielder, who will add good defensive qualities to our team and help us compete in this crucial area of the field. His work rate and appetite for the game are second to none, and his dedication to training, development and daily improvement is indicative of the direction this program, and particularly this squad of players, is heading."
Daniel Israel
San Jose, Calif. / Lynbrook
6'1", Defender
Daniel Israel played club soccer with Santa Clara Sporting where he helped win the CalNorth State Cup and first place in NPL. He also helped reach the semifinals of Far-West Regional and Surf Cup, and propelled his team's ranking to first in the country on GotSoccer. He is also a four-year varsity player with Lynbrook HS where he developed as a scholar athlete and became a Second Team All-League player, captaining his team to a successful season senior year.
"Daniel is an athletic and technical defender, who I expect to come in and have an immediate impact on our back four," Murray said. "He has experience at a very high level and has tasted the successes and challenges that playing for the No. 1 club team in the nation poses. I am really looking forward to seeing how he develops as a college player, and with his physical attributes expect him to play a significant role from the very start."
Samir Johnson
Portland, Ore. / Jesuit
6'2", Midfielder
A decorated player out of Jesuit High School, Samir Johnson is a former 2018 Oregon State Championship Player of the Game, two-time club state champion with FC Portland, former time high school state finalist, two-time high school semifinalist, four-year varsity player and a high school team captain dating back to his sophomore year.
"Samir brings power and athleticism to the center of the midfield," Murray said. "He has a great engine and is a strong physical presence, winning challenges and breaking up plays. At the same time he has great technical ability and is able to get forward, shoot from distance and really dictate the ebb and flow of the team. I was delighted when he committed to Caltech and believe that he complements our current midfield options perfectly."
Mohamed Soufi
San Jose, Calif. / Lynbrook
6'1", Midfielder
Another versatile and technical player who can support the team in a number of positions on the field, From Lynbrook High School's Mohamed Soufi played for his school varsity team alongside fellow Caltech teammate, Daniel Israel.
"Mohamed adds some much-needed depth to the squad, and can play in a number of position in both the midfield and the defense," Murray said. "He is a very technical player, with good size and pace. He has good passing ability and control and with an understanding of a number of roles on the field is a very valuable addition to our young team."



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