May 9, 2006
University of San Francisco men's soccer coach Erik Visser announced the signing of three top recruits, forward Ardalan Attaryolaee (Houston, TX), midfielder Jesse Henderson (West Bloomfield, MI), and defender Tyler Ruthven (Alpharetta, GA) to play for the Dons in 2006.
Coach Visser noted, "I am very enthusiastic about our strong recruiting class. The combination of these student-athletes, additional top-flight newcomers joining us next year and our talented veterans will further extend our role as one of the best teams in collegiate soccer."
Forward Ardalan Attaryolaee, a 2005 NJSCAA All-American first team player, comes to USF from San Jacinto Community College in Houston, TX. Born in Tehran, Iran, Attaryolaee moved to Holland before coming to the U.S. He is a fantastic attacking player who's best at creating and providing goal scoring opportunities for his teammates.
Visser on Attaryolaee: "Ardalan will add creativity and scoring punch to our front line."
Midfielder Jesse Henderson is from West Bloomfield, MI, just outside ofDetroit. He spent a year with the top 40 US players 17 and under at US Soccer Residency in Bradenton, FL. A versatile player, Henderson played as a center back for the US National Team and held various spine positions (center of the field) for his Regional 2 team. He also plays as an attacker for his Club, Michigan Wolves.
Visser on Henderson: "Jesse brings great experience and versatility to our program. We expect him to be an immediate impact player and one of the key components of the Dons."
At 6'1", defender Tyler Ruthven is a rangy flank player. He has good pace andis accurate while in possession of the ball. He is very capable on both the left and right sides of the field. He comes to USF from Alpharetta, GA, where he plays for a top-ranked club, Concorde Fire. Tyler has been a Region 3 pool player. He comes from a family of strong athletes, two brothers who are current Minor League Baseballplayers, and his father won a World Series Ring with the PhiladelphiaPhillies.
Visser on Ruthven: "Tyler is athletic, tenacious and skillfull. He is expected to come in and compete for a starting position."
USF will also be bolstered by defender Chris Rodd, a transfer from William and Mary College, who sat out last season to meet NCAA transfer requirements. Rodd is a 6.3, experienced Division 1 player.
Visser on Rodd: "Chris is a great player who will immediately strengthen our defense."