Butehorn Announces First Recruiting Class
TAMPA, April 26, 2017 – University of South Florida men's soccer head coach Bob Butehorn instills the motto “Play Fast” into his teams and on Tuesday, Butehorn and his staff announced six newcomers that will fit the style perfectly.
In his first recruiting class at USF, Butehorn adds three midfielders, two defenders and a forward to a young roster. Aidan Bauer Marr, Kori Cupid, Avionne Flanagan, Diego Guerrero, Trey Jackson and Josue Monge will join the defending American Athletic Conference regular season champions in August.
“I'm very pleased with our overall class, given the time frame we've had to find this caliber of athlete,” said Butehorn. “Both Joe [Dincecco] and Henry [Apaloo] did a fantastic job putting this class together. Regardless of our timing, I'm excited for this class, it's a great group. We have found student-athletes that will excel on the field and thrive in the classroom. The best soccer is still in front of these young men and we're excited to develop and build this program.”
Bauer Marr, a defender from Waterdown, Ontario, played for Vaughan Soccer Club. He was invited to the 2014 Canadian National Team Selection Camp and is a two-time team MVP for Waterdown District high school. Bauer led Waterdown District to the city finals in 2015. He has competed at the top level, including time at the Canada Games in 2017.
Cupid, a veteran defender from Trinidad & Tobago, is a youth national team standout with experience competing on the international level. He started all three matches at left back at the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in San Jose, Costa Rica in February 2017. As a defender, Cupid helped his team post six shutouts in the qualifying rounds, including a clean sheet against Haiti, one of the top scoring teams in the tournament.
Flanagan, ranked as the No. 14 in the Mid-Atlantic by Top Drawer Soccer, is a left back from Baltimore, Md. He currently plays for Baltimore Armour of the US Soccer Development Academy. In eight games with the club, Flanagan made eight starts and scored one goal. During the 2015-16 season, Flanagan played for D.C. United, and scored four goals as a midfielder in 24 appearances.
Guerrero, a midfielder from El Salvador, has over five years of international experience including playing friendly matches as part of the El Salvador U17 National Team. He also earned a spot on the U18 team and represented El Salvador in the Central American Games.
Jackson, a local standout from Ocala, Fla., is an attacking midfielder/forward that played for Leg A-Z Gainesville under Darnell Bernier. He led his team to the Florida Youth Soccer Association (FYSA) State Cup Championship in 2014 and 2015. The play-making midfielder led his high school team, Forest High, to a 12-4-3 record as a junior and a 15-6-1 record as a senior. Jackson is a five-time Region 3 ODP Team honoree.
Monge, a midfielder from Philadelphia, Pa., is a part of the Philadelphia Union US Soccer Development Academy program. He has played on multiple occasions for the Bethlehem Steel, the Philadelphia Union's Professional Reserve team. In April, he started in their USL season opener vs. the Rochester Rhinos. The midfielder is the No. 75 ranked player for the class of 2017 by Top Drawer Soccer. He scored four goals in 13 appearances for the Union U-18 Academy team.
On Dec. 18 Bob Butehorn was appointed the head coach the USF men's soccer program. A member of the University of Tampa's 1981 national championship team and a three-time conference coach of the year, Butehorn previously led Florida Gulf Coast University's men's soccer program to six conference regular season championships, four NCAA Tournament appearances and Top 25 rankings in five seasons since 2010.
The Bulls concluded the season as The American regular season champions and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. The Bulls finished the season with a 10-6-4 overall record and a 6-1-0 mark in the American Athletic Conference.
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