Mesa State’s men’s soccer team picking up international talent

The Mesa State College men’s soccer team is going international.

In an effort to compete for an RMAC title and an NCAA Division II playoff berth, the Mavericks added three foreign players for the 2010 season.

“We got them here in the United States so they are acclimated to the culture,” Mesa State coach Josh Pittman said. “They did well in other programs.”

Bashiru Ali, who is originally from Ghana, is transferring to Mesa State from Mesa (Ariz.) Community College.

Ali, who will be a junior this fall, was an All-Arizona Community College Athletics Conference first-team defender and an All-Region I pick. He was also the recipient of the school’s Presidential Award.

Phil Neuwirth, who is originally from Germany, played for the three-time Utah state club champions, La Roca Football Club, and at Weber High School in Ogden, Utah. The incoming freshman midfielder has been a member of the Utah Olympic Developmental Program since 2007 and played for the Real Salt Lake under-17 Soccer United Marketing Cup team in 2008 and 2009.

“Phil is very strong on the ball and is very skillful,” Pittman said in a release. “He makes very good decisions and will help strengthen our midfield.”

Freshman midfielder/forward Mouhamad Gaye, who is originally from the Republic of Senegal, is joining the team this spring from Denver South High School, along with junior goalkeeper Chris Raines (Queens University), freshman goalkeeper Micah Conrads (Montezuma-Cortez High School) and midfielder Skylar Roy (Littleton), who is transferring from Grand Canyon (Ariz.) University.

Mesa State (2-15-2, 2-11-1 RMAC) is coming off the worst season in the program’s three-year history.


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