PARKVILLE, Mo. | Park University head soccer coach Efrem Shimlis reloaded his roster for the upcoming 2012 season by signing nine recruits and added some depth to a team that is looking for its first AMC tournament championship under its head coach and eighth national tournament appearance in his 12 years at the helm.
Shimlis signed four players from Chile and five from Brazil and Shimlis feels this class of student-athletes can get them back on the national stage.
"We are asking this class to come in and make an immediate impact," Shimlis said. "It is a dynamic group that is full of players at nearly every position. They have big shoes to fill from those impactful seniors we lost a year ago, but I have full confidence that they can do it."
Richard Osterloh (Sao Paulo, Brazil) is a junior forward that played one season at NCAA Division II Mars Hill College and was voted conference freshman of the year. Last season he played at NCAA Division I Louisville.
Ronaldo Falcao (Sao Paulo, Brazil) comes to Park looking to play center-midfield and Shimlis says he is very technically sound and has a strong work ethic.
Andre Bruno (Sao Paulo, Brazil) is a junior defender who transfers to Park from junior college Darton College in Albany, Ga. He is a 5'9 left footed defender that will look to make an impact on the back line.
Andre D'Elia (Sao Paulo, Brazil) is another center back defender and will look to be a big physical presence at 6'1 180 lbs.
The last signee from Brazil is Gabriel Alves (Sao Paulo, Brazil). The freshman midfielder will also look for time as a defender.
Ignacio Flores (Santiago, Chile) will begin his collegiate career at Park coming in a as a freshman and will look for time at defender.
Another player from Chile joining Flores is, Max Albayay (Santiago, Chile). Albayay is a 5'9, 165 lbs. midfielder who is very defensively gifted player.
Johans Bucholz (Santiago, Chile) is a freshman defender that will look to take over for four-year starting defenders Robert Palmer and Alain Matingou. Bucholz is 5'9 170 lbs.
The final player in the 2012 recruiting class is freshman, Andres Sharpe (Santiago, Chile). He is a creative, quick and very intelligent player and will help Park's attacking style on offense.
The Pirates are coming off their third straight season of falling in the championship of the AMC conference tournament and is in search of its first trip to the NAIA Men's Soccer National Tournament since 2008.
But with the following nine newcomers and 12 returners the team feels poised to make a run back at nationals.