Men's Soccer


Callum Stretch Added to 2018 Roster

March 13, 2018

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DENVER - The University of Denver men's soccer team has added Aston Villa Football Club (English Football League Championship) Academy product Callum Stretch (Encino, Calif.) to its 2018 roster, fourth-year head coach Jamie Franks announced on Tuesday.

In the summer of 2016, Stretch became the youngest American player to sign with an English club when he joined the Championship side. In 2017-18, Stretch has made appearances in the U-18 English Premier League, including playing a full 90 minutes in January matches against Chelsea and Swansea City. Stretch made his U-18 Premier League debut on February 25, 2017, a 2-1 victory over Tottenham.

"We're really excited to add Callum Stretch to our roster," Franks said. "His character is what attracted us to him as a fit for our program because of his ability to push himself out of his comfort zone and succeed at a high level. To have been overseas for the last three years and face all the adversity he has, and have the resiliency and self-awareness that's needed to perform at that level puts him in a really good spot to help us immediately here at the University of Denver. His skill set and his ability to read the game is tremendous and we're looking forward to him coming in and making an immediate impact within the program, both as a player and as a person."

Prior to joining the Aston Villa Academy, the new Denver centerback spent time with the Los Angeles Galaxy Development Academy and was selected for the United State Under-18 National Team. Stretch earned his first CAP with the U.S. U-18s in August of 2015. Among other call-ups, Stretch joined the U-18 National Team for a trip to the 2015 Nordic Cup in Sweden.

Stretch joins six February additions to the Pioneer roster that were announced by Franks on National Signing Day, including senior Colorado Mesa transfer Moshe Perez. Read about the rest of the incoming class, here. 



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