Men’s Soccer Announces Nine Newcomers For 2019 Season

Men’s Soccer Announces Nine Newcomers For 2019 Season

Baltimore, Md.-- UMBC Men's Soccer Head Coach Pete Caringi announced the signing of nine recruits for the 2019 season. Three hail from the state of Maryland and two from Pennsylvania with four coming from overseas in England, Germany and two from Iceland. One member of the class played at nearby Catonsville High School while Ryan Becher, younger brother of current Retriever Jackson Becher, will also be suiting up for UMBC in the fall. 

"We are excited for this class. There will be a lot of new faces that can come in and contribute right away that will help strengthen our program," Caringi said of the nine newcomers.

Ryan Becher
6-3, MF, Hummelstown, Pa./Lower Dauphin
Club: Philadelphia Union Academy, LDC United

- Plays for MLS Academy Philadelphia Union… Played high school soccer at Lower Dauphin and YSC Academy… Will join older brother Jackson on the team… Was named All-Region after the 2017 season… Scored two goals against PDA this past spring, including the game winner in the 90th minute… Helped his team win back-to-back state championships in 2016-17 Also played basketball in high school.

Caringi on Becher: "I am very excited for Ryan to join his brother (Jackson) on the team. He is a very good player who can make an immediate impact after playing at a high level in the Philadelphia Union Academy."


Julian Conze
6-2, MF/D, Telgte, Germany/Augustin-Wibbelt-Gymnasium
Club: Sg Telgte 1919 e.V., 1.FC Gievenbeck, SC Preuben Munster

-Was named Best Player this past year, winning two Futsal Tournaments in 19 games… Has played in the U19 Bundesliga and 3rd League in Germany for Sg Telgte 1919 e.V., 1.FC Gievenbeck and SC Preuben Munster… Helped his team avoid relegation twice in 2017 and 2018, scoring two goals in a comeback win against Bayer 04 Leverkusen in 2018.

Caringi on Conze: "Julian is a very good player who can help us right away. He will need time to adjust to the college game, but he will only get better and better as the season goes on"


Caleb Jackson
6-0, D, Bowie, Md./DeMatha
Club: Baltimore Celtic, ASA

-Played his high school soccer at DeMatha, playing club ball for ASA and Baltimore Celtic… Helped the Stags make the WCAC Final in 2017… Was named a team captain this past season, earning Second Team All-Conference, Washington Post First Team All-Met, and DeMatha Defensive MVP in 2018.

Caringi on Jackson: "We have spent several years watching Caleb and are excited for what he can bring to this team. He is a player that will continue to improve each day and can get some playing time right away."


Orlygur Omarsson
6-0, D, Reykjavik, Iceland/Hagaskoli
Club: Knattspyrnufelag Reykjavikur, Knattspyrnufelag Vesturbaejar

-Played for Iceland U17 National Team, making his first start in 2016 against Faroe Islands… In that match, he scored a goal in a win… Was a part of the KR U19 Icelandic Champions in 2017.

Caringi on Omarsson: "He is an exciting player who is very skilled and technical. He can bring a lot to this program after gets adjusted to the college game."


Maximos Sacarellos
5-8, D, York, Pa./Dallastown
Club: PA Classics

-Played soccer at Dallastown High School… Played club ball for PA Classics… Was on the honor roll and distinguished honor roll in high school.

Caringi on Sacarellos: "He will have a chance to contribute right away for us. He is a very technical player with a great IQ and sense for the game. He will be a big addition to the back line."


Dadi Ingason
6-0, MF, Hafnarfjordur, Iceland/Aslandsskoli
Club: Haukar

-Played club ball for Haukar in Iceland… Scored three goals with one assist against IBV in the U19 league in 2017, helping his team to a 6-0 win… Won a league title with Haukar in the U19 league.

Caringi on Ingason: "He will help us in the midfield right away. He is very skilled and good on the ball having played against good competition in Iceland."


Ezekiel Ayilola
6-3, D, Odenton, Md./Meade
Club: Baltimore Celtic 00', ASA Juventus 00',

-Played soccer at Meade High School and his club ball at ASA Juventus 00' and Baltimore Celtic 00'... Won a State Cup and Regional Championship with Baltimore Celtic… Was the Student Council President and a member of the Chinese Honor Society and Rho Kappa.

Caringi on Ayilola: "He has a lot of potential to make a big impact on our program. He is a great kid coming from an excellent club team coming off a couple championships."


Eli Miller
6-3, GK, Catonsville, Md./Catonsville
Club: Baltimore Armour, Baltimore Celtic

-Played at nearby Catonsville High School… Helped the Comets make the regional finals this past year, the farthest Catonsville has ever gone… Played club ball for Baltimore Armour and Baltimore Celtic… Helped Baltimore Armour make the USSDA Playoffs in 2017-18, and won a state cup and regional championship with Celtic.

Caringi on Miller: "With not a lot of goalkeepers on the roster, he will have the chance to get a lot of reps in net early in the preseason. He has a lot of ability and will compete for time in goal."


Byrom Mee
6-1, MF, London, England/Bradfield College

-Helped Swansea University FC earn Welsh League Division Two runner up, promoting the club to Division One this past year while being Vice Captain of the squad… Helped lead Swansea to a Division Three title during the 2017-18 season… 

Caringi on Mee: "He is a player with a lot of potential and we are excited to see what he can bring to the team."