Chase Brooks Rounds out 2014 Recruiting Class
July 17, 2014
Head Coach Chase Brooks is pleased to welcome five new additions to his 2014 recruiting class as well as introduce his two mid-year enrollees.
Nigel Seidu (London, England) and Jason Twum (London, England) started training with the Dukes in the 2014 spring semester and made an immediate impact within the squad. The five newcomers set for August enrollment are Thor Beckdahl (Springfield, OH), Fredrik Borenstein (Gjettum, Norway), Dorian Kouame (Paris, France), Troy Sweeney (Leesburg, VA), and Mamadou Traoré (Reims, France).
These seven players join Saul Kaye, George Poppas, and Charlie Sockol who were announced earlier this spring.
"We are very excited about the group of players we have brought in for 2014. Steve Wieczorek and Bryce Cooper turned over a lot of stones to find the best players in this country and abroad."
Seidu, a product of West Ham's Youth Academy in England, is a competent defender with great game understanding and leadership skills, who will slot in for the Dukes in a variety of roles come the fall. Seidu gained valuable experience competing against the likes of Chelsea, Fulham among others at the U18 level.
"Nigel is a very talented, humble, and professional young man. He understands what it takes to win and is willing to sacrifice on and off the pitch in order to achieve our team goals."
Twum is an electric front man, who can fill any of the front three roles in Coach Brooks' offensive system. Twum also plied his trade in England at Millwall FC's Youth Academy, where he was a regular in the U21 and U18 sides.
"Jason impressed us from the beginning with his strength and quickness. He is a going to be a handful for opposing teams during his time here at Duquesne."
Beckdahl joins the Dukes from Cincinnati United Premier U18 Gold, one of the top non-academy program's in the country. The striker has a proven track record for goals with 90 in his high school career at Catholic Central HS and is one of only 3 players in Ohio high school history with 40+ goals and 30+ assists in a season.
"Thor came to our ID clinic and stood out from minute one. He has a knack for finding the back of the net and a confidence that you cannot teach. His resume is quite good and we believe he is a player that many schools missed out on."
Borenstein is a versatile central midfielder from Norway, who has been developed in the youth system of Stabaek FC, one of the elite academies in all of Europe. Borenstein is a creative, technical player with the ability to deliver a touch of class in the final third.
"Frederick is a technical, hard-working midfielder that has had an excellent soccer education through the years. We are quite excited to get him to campus and see what type of an impact he will make."
Kouame joins the Dukes with an extensive player pedigree. Trained in the youth academy of EA Guingamp in France's Ligue 1, he led the U19 National League in assists. Kouame also represented the Ivory Coast at the 2011 FIFA Under 17 World Cup. Comfortable with the ball, the player will feature in a variety of roles for the Dukes this fall.
"Dorian's resume speaks for itself. He has represented his country and played with and against some of the best youth players in the world. He is a friend and former teammate of current Duke, Thomas DeVillardi, which should help him transition that much quicker."
Sweeney comes to the Bluff from the state of Virginia where he played his club soccer for Loudon 95 Red in a central midfield role. He gained valuable experience at the State ODP level as well as within the US Development Academy with McLean's U18s & U16s.
"Troy's character and perseverance sold me from day one on the type of person he is. He has the makings of a very valuable asset both on and off the field for our program and we are delighted he has chosen Duquesne."
Traoré, who hails from Mali, gives the Dukes another versatile player along their backline. Traoré is an elite level athlete who is competent in possession as well as tough in the tackle, giving Coach Brooks more quality in his already stout defensive line.
"Mamadou has the technical and athletic attributes that will make him a very successful collegiate player. We have big plans for Mamadou and are looking forward to the impact he will have on our program."
"This is a group of players that is very talented, but even more importantly; they have the desire, character, and belief in themselves and the program that will allow this program to take the next step on to the national scene," said Brooks. "When we add in the returners to the conversation, this is a very competitive squad top to bottom and one that we expect big things from."