Feb. 5, 2015
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Seven standout soccer players from across the United States and globe have signed National Letters of Intent to become the latest additions to the University of Notre Dame men’s soccer program.
Five of the student-athletes hail from the United States, with each coming from a different state, while the Fighting Irish also welcome two international products. The group will supplement a program that has posted a 46-10-11 (.769) record over the last three seasons, won a conference title in each of those campaigns and captured the 2013 national championship.
Forward Ian Aschieris (Solana Beach, Calif.), midfielder Myles Brown (Richmond, Va.), midfielder/defender Sean Dedrick (Wilton, Conn.), midfielder Félicien Dumas (Tokyo, Japan/Paris, France), goalkeeper Ryan Krutz (Norman, Oklahoma), midfielder/forward Sean MacLeod (Troon, Scotland) and midfielder Thomas Ueland (Lexington, Ky.) will join the Fighting Irish for the 2015 campaign.
“Obviously at the moment we think it’s a great class,” Notre Dame head coach Bobby Clark says. “As I always say, I’ll tell you in three or four years just how good of a class it really is. We like all of these players and they all made a big impression on us sometime over the last couple of years. They also made a good impression on admissions as well so they’ve done well academically. On paper, it looks like a really good class and it’s a group that we’re really excited about.”
Hometown: Solana Beach, California
High School: Torrey Pines
Club Team: Surf Academy Soccer
Played for Surf Academy Soccer during his junior and senior years of high school (could not compete for his high school team per Academy rules) … 2014-15 United States Soccer Federation (USSF) U-18 Academy … 2013-14 USSF U-16 Academy … 2012-13 USSF U-16 Academy Developmental Player … 2010, 2011, 2012 Surf Soccer pre-academy teams … 2009 Cal South Young Olympians Program … 2012 Nike Manchester United Premier Cup quarterfinalist (Portland, Ore.) … 2011 United States Youth Soccer (USYS) Cal South National Cup quarterfinalist … 2010 USYS Cal South National Cup semifinalist … 2010 Dallas Cup quarterfinalist … 2008, 2009, 2010 Presidio Premier League champions … 2010 Surf Cup semifinalist … attended Santa Fe Christian High School as a freshman and was a member of the varsity soccer team and earned all-Coastal League honors … was on the Torrey Pines High School varsity soccer team as a sophomore … before committing to soccer fulltime in high school, he competed in baseball, football, lacrosse, track and field and wrestling … son of Mike and Mary Aschieris … has an older brother, Alec, and a younger brother, Owen … mother competed in gymnastics at the University of Southern California … uncle, Keb Byers, and grandfather, Karl Byers, competed in gymnastics at the University of California Berkeley and the University of Nebraska, respectively … born in La Jolla, California.
Bobby Clark on Ian Aschieris: “(Assistant coach) Greg Dalby first saw Ian out at the Surf Cup in San Diego a couple of years back and he really liked him. We’ve had the opportunity to watch him a couple times playing for his Surf team and he’s a very good player. He can play as a high forward, as an underneath forward and he can also play as a wide midfield player. He’s a good attacking player and he handles the ball very well. He has a good touch on the ball and good awareness. He’ll fit nicely into the way we play.”
Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
High School: St. Christopher’s
Club Team: Richmond United U-18 Academy
Co-captain of the Richmond United U-18 Academy team … member of the US Soccer Development Academy from 2012-13 and Arsenal FC Academy from 2010-12 … competed in varsity futsal (a form of indoor soccer) … MVP of Collegiate Valentine Classic futsal tournament … captain of the varsity futsal squad … National Spanish Exam gold medalist … AP Scholar with honors … National Achievement Outstanding Student … son of Marcus and Caprice Brown … father played tennis at Hampton University … has an older brother, Malcolm, and an older sister, Candice … born in Richmond, Virginia.
Bobby Clark on Myles Brown: “We saw Myles play a couple times for his Richmond academy team when he was with the Richmond Strikers. He’s a very strong athlete and has a good engine. He is a two-way midfielder with his club team but I think he could play a lot of positions. I don’t think we’ll really know where he fits in until he comes here. He gets forward and he gets back. We liked him when we watched him and invited him to camp. We got a really close look at him when he came to our ID camp in the summer. We liked his personality as well and thought he’d be a good fit. He’s a very good student and has a willingness to learn.”
Hometown: Wilton, Connecticut
High School: Wilton
Club Team: Beachside Soccer Club
Rated as a four-star recruit and No. 49 overall in the IMG top 150 … selected for United States U-18 National Team pool in 2014 and attended training in Carson, California for one week in late October … starter and team captain of U-18 Beachside Soccer Club academy team … named Academy Player of the Week on Sept. 24, 2014 … starter and team captain of U-16 Beachside Soccer Club academy team as a junior in addition to being selected to the U.S. training center … varsity starter at Wilton High School and earned all-Fairfield County Interscholastic Conference (FCIAC) honors … tallied the most goals and assists for the Beachside Soccer Club U-15 squad as a sophomore … captain of the U-16 premiere team … team captain of U-15 Beachside Soccer Club as a freshman and also led the team in goals … helped the U-15 Beachside Soccer Club win the Disney and Potomac titles … attended the Notre Dame Soccer Camp on two occasions … brother, Kyle, is a freshman on the Notre Dame men’s soccer team … hails from the same club team (Beachside Soccer Club) as current and former Notre Dame players Brendan Lesch, Patrick Connolly, Jon Gallagher and his brother, Kyle … he and his brother Kyle are the founders of TOPSoccer, which is a program for kids with special needs in his hometown … has a younger brother, Zach … a high honor roll student … National Honors Society and Spanish Honors Society … son of Bryan and Christine Dedrick … father is a 1986 Notre Dame graduate … born in Stamford, Connecticut.
Bobby Clark on Sean Dedrick: “It’s good to have another Dedrick on the team. Sean sometimes plays as a striker for his club team, he sometimes plays as a central midfielder and the under-18 national team took him into camp and they played him as a center back. Once he comes here we’ll find his role. Both brothers (Kyle and Sean) are similar, but they have quite different personalities. Their body builds are different; Kyle is quick and fast, while Sean is bigger and is a player who looks more comfortable when he’s facing the play. I think he’s better when the game is in front of him, although he has on occasion played as a striker. One of the great things about this program is that we’ve had a lot of brothers come through here. We’ve had the Rellas brothers, the Beslers, the Shipps, the Mishus and now we have the Dedricks. It’s a nice endorsement for our program when one brother comes here and the next brother also wants to come here.”
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan and Paris, France
High School: United World College of South East Asia (Singapore)
Three-time MVP of the U-19 A (varsity) South East Asia Student Activity Conference (SEASAC) and Athletic Conference of Singapore International Schools (ACSIS) … team won the SEASAC title and finished third in the ACSIS during his senior campaign … as a junior, the squad was runner-up in both the U-19 A SEASAC and ACSIS … UWCSEA Roll of Honor as a sophomore and junior … helped team win both the U-19 A SEASAC and ACSIS championships as a sophomore … during his freshman campaign, his team captured the U-19 A ACSIS title … member of Home United FC that won 2012 Centre of Excellence League and Centre of Excellence Cup … team won both Men’s SingTel Cosmo League and Men’s SingTel Cosmo Cup in 2014 … 2013 Men’s SingTel Cosmo League (Casuals) second place … U-19 first place Delta League … first place at 2011 U-17 Weston Puma Futsal Tournament … member of the International Soccer Academy that captured six titles in various tournaments from 2008-11 … had trials with Newcastle United (England), Home United FC (Singapore) and Kashiwa Reysol (Japan) … played in HKFC International Soccer 7’s in 2014 against Manchester City FC U-18 (England), Leicester City FC U-21 (England), Rangers FC U-21 (Scotland), BC Rangers (Hong Kong) … set to play in HKFC International Soccer 7’s in 2015 … offered professional contracts by several Singapore S-League clubs … selected as one of the best amateur players in Singapore and played in the First XI team at the age of 16 in 2013 … also competed in cricket and rugby … son of Florian and Akiko Dumas … has two younger sisters, Melle and Audrey … born in Paris, France.
Bobby Clark on Félicien Dumas: “Félicien is another lad who came to our camp. He’s based in Singapore right now and he goes to the international school in Singapore and he played with (current freshman) Jon Gallagher. He’s one of the outstanding young players in Singapore. He’s played in several all-star games and he wrote to us asking about coming to Notre Dame. I mentioned that he should come to our ID camp and he performed very, very well so we pursued him a little further after that. He’s a left-sided player who could be a defensive midfielder or a left-sided central defender. He could possibly even be a left back. He has a very good range of pass. He has a very strong build and very good feet and good vision. He gives us a nice left-sided addition to the squad.”
Hometown: Norman, Oklahoma
High School: Blue Valley North (Overland Park, Kansas)
Club Team: Sporting Kansas City Academy
Starting goalkeeper for the Sporting Kansas City Academy (US Soccer Development Academy) from 2012-15 … after his freshman year at Norman North High School in Norman, Oklahoma, he transferred to Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, Kansas … did not play high school soccer following his freshman season due to US Soccer Development Academy rules … began playing for the Sporting KC U-16 Academy team during his sophomore year … Sporting KC U-16 team captain as a junior and also played for the U-18 squad that year … member of the Sporting KC U-18 Academy as a senior … trained with Sporting KC during his junior and senior years … was the starting goalkeeper for Norman Youth Soccer Association (NYSA) Celtic ’97 Green from 2008-2012 … as a freshman at Norman North High School, his team finished the 2012 season as the ESPN Fab 50 national champions (spring) and were the Oklahoma 6A state champions … … member of the Model United Nations at Blue Valley North High School in addition to being a fundraiser coordinator and on the assembly planning committee … attends high school in the hometown of former Notre Dame men’s soccer All-Americans Matt and Nick Besler … son of Glen and Julie Krutz … has an older brother, Matt, and a younger sister, Rachel … brother plays golf at the University of New Mexico … born in Norman, Oklahoma.
Bobby Clark on Ryan Krutz: “We saw Ryan play for Sporting Kansas City’s youth team at a Generation adidas tournament down in Dallas. We liked the way he played. He has good hands and saves the ball well. What I really liked about him is that he had excellent presence; he handled himself well in goal. Presence is one of those things you can’t teach because you either have it or you don’t have it. He was very calm, his distribution was good and he talked well. He’s from Oklahoma and he came up to Kansas City when he was scouted by Sporting to play on their youth squad. He trains with their first team in the morning and later goes to school and he also holds down a job. That shows you how dedicated and mature he is as a young man and we’re excited to have him join us.”
Hometown: Troon, Scotland
High School: Marr College
Club Team: Troon Juniors
A four-year starter for his high school squad and two-time team captain … led the team in assists all four seasons … as a senior, helped team to Senior Ayrshire Regional and the team currently is in the national championship quarterfinals … as a junior, his team was an Ayrshire Regional quarterfinalist … tallied all seven goals in 7-0 victory over rival school … Scotland Youth U-15 national team trials as a sophomore … team was runner-up in the Ayrshire Regional Championships during his freshman campaign … played club soccer for Glasgow Rangers FC, Aberdeen FC and Stenhousemuir FC … Glasgow Rangers FC player of the tournament in Rehau, Germany in 2009 in addition to being the team’s vice captain … led Rangers FC in assists in three consecutive seasons and in three European pro-youth tournaments, which took place in France, Germany and Italy against the likes of Bayern Munich, Marseilles, Florentine, Everton, Arsenal, Porto, Lokomotiv Moskow and Lyon … man of the match and winning-goal scorer for Rangers against the All-American Olympic Development Team … Stenhousemuir FC team captain and led the team in assists … invited to play and have trials for Everton FC and played against West Bromwich Albion in a 4-3 win … won man of the match for Rangers against Bayern Munich in Germany … scored on three free kicks for Rangers against Falkirk FC … also competed in tennis in high school … Troon Lawn Tennis Club’s men’s doubles champion as a junior … as a sophomore, he won the Troon Lawn Tennis Club U-18 singles title along with being the U-18 doubles champion … he won the Troon Lawn Tennis Club U-14 doubles title as a freshman … son of Andrew and Jacqueline MacLeod … has two older brothers, Ryan and Liam … his grandfather was a professional soccer player and later was the manager of the Scotland National Team that competed in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina … that squad included Notre Dame head coach Bobby Clark … attended Notre Dame Soccer Camp in 2014 and was an all-star selection … plays the piano and ukulele … born in Irvine, Scotland.
Bobby Clark on Sean MacLeod: “Sean’s grandfather was my coach when Scotland went to Argentina for the 1978 World Cup. Sean had been thinking about coming to America for college and to play and his dad called me up and asked how they should go about this. I actually think it was his grandmother who mentioned they should call me since I was in America. I said the only way I could tell where he could play and fit in would be if he came to our ID camp. Sean came to our camp and we really liked him. It’ll be funny having my World Cup coach’s grandson play for us here at Notre Dame. Sean has good size and he needs to put on a little bit of weight, but I think he’ll fill out nicely. He has very good feet and a nice touch on the ball. He can play as a high striker, an underneath striker and he could also play in the wide midfield area. He’s very much an attacking player and quite similar to Ian Aschieris. I think Sean will score goals and make goals.”
Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky
High School: Henry Clay
Club Team: Lexington FC 97 White Premier
National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-American as a senior … named NSCAA Kentucky Player of the Year as a senior in addition to earning all-region honors … compiled 35 goals and 39 assists during his high school career … competed in the adidas High School All-American Game … Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) First Team All-State as a junior and senior … Henry Clay team MVP and team captain as a junior and senior … Henry Clay Student Athlete of the Month for September of 2014 … Kentucky Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) Boys Player of the Year as a junior … KHSAA First Team Academic All-State on three occasions … Scholastic Ball Report Student-Athlete of the Month for October of 2013 … did not play during his sophomore year due to a season-long injury … Henry Clay team was KHSAA state semifinalist during his freshman season and he was named to the KHSAA All-Tournament Team and the Bourbon County Colonel Classic All-Tournament Team … Henry Clay Most Outstanding Offensive Player as a freshman … competed with Lexington FC 97 White Premier from 2005-14 and was a team captain every year … Region 2 Championship finalist in 2011 and 2014 … seven-time Kentucky Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) state champion … Olympic Development Program (ODP) Region 2 Team and ODP national pool player … member of the National Honor Society, Equity in Advanced Placement, Beta Club and Economics Club … also a member of the Catholic Action Center and Mentoring Project … son of Frederick and Michaela Ueland … has one older brother, Walker, and an older sister, Emma, along with two younger sisters, Sara and Elizabeth … father, Frederick, and uncle, Craig Ueland, played soccer at Stanford University … uncle, Hal Ueland, played soccer at Pacific Lutheran University and another uncle, Carl Ueland, was on the Gonzaga University soccer team … born in Lexington, Kentucky.
Bobby Clark on Thomas Ueland: “We saw Thomas down at the Disney tournament two years ago. Coach (BJ) Craig had seen him before and liked him. We talked to people who knew him well from the Kentucky area and everyone spoke very highly of him. He’s another left-footed player. He’s an attacking player who could play up front, but I think he could also play out wide. He could be a fantastic attacking fullback. We like our fullbacks to be like wingers and I think Thomas could do that, but similar to (current junior) Patrick Hodan, he could play on the right side of midfield and come inside and, also like Patrick, score goals.”
2015 University of Notre Dame Men’s Soccer National Letter of Intent Signees
Name Pos. Ht./Wt. Hometown
Ian Aschieris F 6-0/165 Solana Beach, California
Myles Brown M 6-2/170 Richmond, Virginia
Sean Dedrick M/D 6-1/160 Wilton, Connecticut
Félicien Dumas M 6-0/169 Tokyo, Japan/Paris, France
Ryan Krutz G 6-0/170 Norman, Oklahoma
Sean MacLeod M/F 6-2/154 Troon, Scotland
Thomas Ueland M 5-11/160 Lexington, Kentucky