WASHINGTON, DC – Head Coach Matt Thompson announced five new incoming student-athletes to join the University of the District of Columbia men's soccer program in 2017. Newcomers Danillo Beserra, Alex Cantero, Ryan Moody, Luciano Cahe and Ryan Dagley join an already talented group of returnees that came only a tiebreaker away from qualifying for the East Coast Conference Tournament last year.
"This group of recruits include several attacking players," Thompson said. "All will be pushing for starting positions and playing time coming in. They all possess good work ethics and are coachable. We are looking forward to this fall to see these guys compete with each other and battle for playing time."
Beserra is a Sao Paulo, Brazil native who played his high school soccer at Appomattox County HS before attending Chestnut Hill College (PA) during the 2016-17 academic year. A 5'11 forward/midfielder, he will join the Firebirds' program as a sophomore with four seasons of athletic eligibility.
"[Danillo] is technically very good with some good skills. We are looking for him to compete for a starting position either as a striker or as a No. 10. He will be looking to produce the attacking goods needed to compete within the ECC," Thompson said.
Cantero is from Silver Spring, MD and played one season of varsity soccer under Nick Hoang at Westfield High School. His senior year, he helped the team to a 7-3-1 overall record, and he was named to the school's Academic Honor Roll.
"Alex is a local player who plays at Left Back. He has a nice left foot and works extremely hard," Thompson said. "He likes to attack from LB and gets into some very good attacking positions and produces some nice crosses. He will be competing with a couple of other players for the left back position.
Moody hails from Standish, Maine, where he played soccer, tennis and track at Bonny Eagle High School. He played forward on the men's soccer team under head coach Larry Robertson, and he accumulated 59 career goals, earned SMAA All-State and First Team All-Conference honors both as a junior and a senior, and SMAA Second Team All-Conference as a sophomore. Also, he earned Academic Honor Roll three times.
"Ryan is predominately a striker and certainly knows where the net is," Thompson chided. "He is a true freshman coming in and will fight for some playing time during that first season. He works hard and is very coachable. We are looking forward to working with Ryan for the next four years."
Cahe is from Arlington, VA. He is a 5'10, 163 lb. incoming freshman striker.
Luciano is an exciting prospect coming in as a true freshman," Thompson said. "Recruited by several Division I schools, we feel fortunate to have this local player come in after playing for DC United Academy and DC Stoddert here in Washington, DC. He is a natural striker that has a great physical build. He can score different types of goals and he will be competing for playing time this fall."
Dagley is from Annandale, VA where he played striker and attacking midfield at W. T. Woodson High School under Andrew Peck. He earned three varsity letters and helped his team to a 7-4-3 record as a senior. A Scholar-Athlete all four years, he also earned All-MET Honorable Mention as a senior.
"Ryan is another local player coming in after playing for Braddock Road Youth Team in Northern Virginia," Thompson said. "He is a striker that possesses good speed and technical ability. He can score goals and could be deadly inside the penalty area. He finds himself in good positions and works extremely hard for the team. Ryan will be competing for playing time as a true freshman."