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Denver Men's Soccer Adds Six to 2018 Roster

Feb. 12, 2018

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DENVER - The University of Denver men's soccer team has added senior Moshe Perez (Shim'a, Israel) and freshmen Emil Fosse (Aalesund, Norway), Stefan Deleone (Windsor, Colo.), Ole Berg (Oslo, Norway), Connor McWilliams (Littleton, Colo.) and Liam Johnson (Golden, Colo.) to its 2018 roster, head coach Jamie Franks announced on Monday.

Below are bios of Denver's latest signees.

Moshe Perez - Sr. - Attacking-Mid - Shim'a, Israel - Mekif Omar - Beitar Jerusalem


 

 

2017 (Colorado Mesa):
Transfer from Colorado Mesa....2017 United Soccer Coaches' Division II First Team All-America selection...Led the Mavericks with 34 points on 13 goals and eight assists in 21 matches...Played PDL for FC Tucson in the Summer of 2017, earning Mountain Region MVP Honors.

2016 (Colorado Mesa): 
Played in and started in the NCAA Tournament against Midwestern State...All-South Central Region selection...All-RMAC First Team...Set a school record with 10 assists during the season...Had two assists against both MSU Denver and S.D. Mines.

2015 (Colorado Mesa): 
Played in the NCAA Tournament against Midwestern State...RMAC All-Tournament team...Played in 20 matches and started 19 of them...Finished the season with six goals and five assists...Had two goals in the win over Westminster on Sept. 25.

Personal:
Born on August 23, 1994 in BeerSheva, Israel...Son of Abraham and Ruth...Has three siblings Meital, Sheli and Gilor...Chose DU because of its academic choices and the coaching staff's passion for the game of soccer.

Jamie Franks on Moshe Perez
"We're extremely excited to welcome Moshe's passion and maturity into the group. He's a competitive guy who wants to win. He understands what the level is like in our program, and his experience can offer some of our younger guys great leadership. He's a guy that you don't see often in college. He's a true No. 10 that can play in-between the lines, he can slip in final passes and he can score and create goals. We're looking for him to be creative and to bring his experience to the Pioneers."

Emil Fosse - Fr. - Winger - Aalesund, Norway - Fagerlia Videregaende Skole - Aalesunds FK

Before Denver:
Has played soccer since he was six, beginning his time with Aksla IL....After seven seasons, transferred to Norwegian Premier League club Aalesunds FK at the age of 13, playing for the U-16s for three seasons before earning a spot on the U-19s and Senior Reserve team...Won the Regional Division in his first year with the U-19s, and finished fourth in the National Elite Division the season after...Played in a total of four seasons for the reserve team in the second division in the second and third tier of Norwegian soccer...Transferred to SK Herd last fall, leading the team to a third place finish in the Norwegian third division.

Personal:
Born on June 24, 1998 in Aalesund, Norway...Son of Erik and Bente...Has two siblings Stian and Thomas...Chose DU because of the opportunity to combine playing soccer on a high level and getting a great education at the same time.

Jamie Franks on Emil Fosse

"Fosse is a dynamic and fast winger. He's been in a professional club since the age of 13 years old. His professionalism off the field is what makes him special. He's a guy that understands how to take care of his body while still training hard every day. We're going to look to use his skill set of pace and power out on the wing to create and score goals for us."

Stefan DeLeone - Fr. - Forward - Windsor, Colo. - Fossil Ridge H.S. - Colorado Rapids Academy

Before Denver:
Scored nine goals in 24 matches from the midfield for the Colorado Rapids U-16s in 2016-17...Also made two appearances for the U-18s in 2016-17, making two starts for the side...Hopes to become a professional soccer player following his collegiate career.

Personal:
Born on March 2, 2000 in Windsor, Colo...Son of Carmen and Stephanie...Has two siblings Nicholas and Giana...Chose DU because of the time the men's soccer staff took to get to know him and the University of Denver's academic reputation. 

Jamie Franks on Stefan Deleone
"It's been really fun to watch Stewey's growth and development both in the classroom and on the field. He's matured tremendously over the last four years that we've known him. For him to finally be in a Denver jersey is exciting. We have high hopes for him because he's a resilient player. He understands what his skill set is, and he doesn't try to play outside of it. We look for Stewie to make an immediate impact on our program."

Chris Martinez (Former Colorado Rapids U19 DA Coach/Current Swope Park Rangers (USL) Coach) on Stefan DeLeone
"Stefan is one of the most explosive players that I've coached and is an absolute handful when he runs at the defense. He's fiercely competitive and an extremely driven young man. He's always smiling and was a joy to work with."

Ole Berg - Fr. - Centerback - Oslo, Norway - Wang Toppidrett - Valerenga IF

Before Denver:
Three-time MVP in the Nike Cup...All-Tournament Team pick....Played for the Norwegian National School Team...Also played seven years of handball and competed in cross country skiing for three years.

Personal:
Born on March 18, 1999 in Oslo, Norway...Son of Pal and Irene...Has one sibling, Ida...Chose DU because he considers himself a high academic student who is also a quality soccer player, and he felt that DU was the best fit for both for him.

Jamie Franks on Ole Berg
"We fell in love with Ole in the recruiting process. His maturity, his bravery and his growth mindset is something that we really value. His maturity and ability to be able to play out of the back brings tremendous value to his skill set, and we think he can come in and compete right away."

Connor McWilliams - Fr. - Center-Mid - Littleton, Colo. - Chatfield H.S. - Real Colorado

Before Denver:
Six-time captain with the Colorado Rush (2011-16)...Also played for the Real Colorado Development Academy...Invited to the U-15 U.S. Men's National Team Training Camp in 2014...Also recruited by Stanford and Gonzaga.

Personal:
Born on January 4, 2000 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming...Son of Glenn and Kristin...Has two siblings, Cameron and Caitlin...Chose DU because of the excellent soccer program and the University of Denver's academic reputation. 

Jamie Franks on Connor McWilliams
"We're really excited to have Connor McWilliams join the program. He's a guy that we've watched play over the past four years, and he continues to develop and continues to get better. Above everything else, he makes his teammates around him better because he's a leader by example. We look forward to help him develop into a young man."

Danny Bills (Real Colorado U19 DA Coach) on Connor McWilliams
"Having Connor play for Real Colorado U19DA has been an honor. Every day he shows up, works hard, listens and makes the team better. We wish him the best at DU."

Liam Johnson - Fr. - Center-Mid - Golden, Colo. - Golden H.S. - Colorado Rapids Academy
Before Denver:

Two-time State Cup MVP...Reached Academy Final Four twice (Real Colorado - 2016 and Colorado Rapids - 2017)...Also recruited by Notre Dame, Santa Barbara and Oregon State.

Personal:
Born on September 11, 1999 in Golden, Colorado...Son of Derek and Michelle...Has two siblings, Ashley and Shannon...Chose DU because he wanted to be a part of the culture that Jamie Franks is building at Denver, and to have the opportunity to compete for a National Championship.  

Jamie Franks on Liam Johnson

"Liam Johnson is a winner. He doesn't ask anyone to do something that he's not willing to do himself. The bigger the game, the better the performance. We expect Liam to come in and compete right away, and we're really excited about the character he brings to our program. We'll look to Liam right away for his leadership skill set, and we look forward to watching him develop as his career unfolds."

Chris Martinez (Former Colorado Rapids U19 DA Coach/Current Swope Park Rangers (USL) Coach) on Liam Johnson

"Liam Johnson is an absolute warrior. There is zero quit in his DNA. He is a consummate professional on and off the field and has been a pleasure to work with."

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