Bearcats Add Jamaican National Teamer to 2012 Squad|
April 12, 2012
CINCINNATI - Richardo Isreal, a 5-10 defender from Jamaica, will join the University of Cincinnati men's soccer team for the 2012 season, head coach Hylton Dayes announced.
"Richardo is a quality defender, who has played at the international youth level," said Dayes. "He is very athletic with good technical skills and should fit in well with our team."
Israel (Free Town, Jamaica/Lennon) was named the MVP of the DaCosta Cup finals in 2010, leading Lennon High School to a 19-1 record. He helped Lennon High to a 72-8 record from 2007-2010, including three semifinals and a finals appearance during his tenure. A member of the Jamaica under-20 national team, Israel participated in the 2011 FIFA U20 World Cup qualifiers in Guatemala. Israel, student body president at Lennon, won a league title with his U16 high school squad in 2008 and helped Sporting Central to a U21 championship in 2011.
The son of Balvin and Patricia Clark Israel, he is one of seven siblings and plans to major in sports administration. Israel joins a four-member class, signed in early February, that includes John Manga, Jacob Martinez, Gabriel Robinson and Evan Talkers.
The Bearcats are coming off a 6-11-1 campaign in 2011, which ended with a 1-0 win against No. 11 St. John's in Gettler Stadium. Four Bearcats were named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Top 100 Freshman list, including BIG EAST all-Freshman selection Cole DeNormandie, who was No. 14 on the list.