The Tigers sign the class 16 to 2021
MEMPHIS, Tennessee – The Tigers men’s soccer team have announced the signing of 16 student-athletes as part of the 2021 signing class. The squad includes eight college transfers and five high school students, as Memphis adds a plethora of high-level experiences as well as young people for the 2021 season.
Evagoras Antoniou / Defender / Limassol, Cyprus
Center-back, Antoniou joins the Tigers from Cyprus after years spent in club and at national level. Screened at the age of 11, Antoniou joined AEL Limassol FC, which is part of Cyprus Division 1. From the age of 15 and until today, Antoniou has been selected to be a member of the Cyprus national team for all U15, U16, U17, and U19 teams.
Team captain and full-time holder for all Euro group stage matches for the Cyprus national team, Antoniou was part of the second place for AEL FC U19 team in the Cyprus U19 Championship , as part of a decorated career before joining the senior Cyrus team. at the age of 17.
Logan Beus / Midfielder / Alpine, Utah
Beus joins Memphis after two seasons at Dixie State University. The talented midfielder started 24 games in two seasons for the Trailblazers and registered three goals and seven assists in 2005 minutes. Beus took home honors in the 2019 All-Conference Honorable Mention.
Selected twice by All States at Lone Peak High School under the direction of Mark Graham, Beus holds the program’s career record with 22 assists. He spent 10 years with Rangers FC (09-17) and was UYSA’s top scorer in 2016.
Eric Primo ChanzÃ¡ / Midfielder / AlcÃ sser, Spain
Hailing from a small town in Valencia, Spain, ChanzÃ¡ joins the Tigers after years at club level. Starting his career in his hometown, ChanzÃ¡ went to play at Villarreal CF Academy after two years. There he played for nine years at the highest level. Two years in the third division with CF Recambios ColÃ³n de Catarroja followed and led the midfielder to Memphis.
Gabriel Adriano Alves Christensen / Forward / Aalborg, Denmark
Winner of a two-year letter to Coastal Carolina, Christensen joins the Tigers after two years with the Chanticleers. The Dane has had a decorated international career spanning 10 years with Aalborg BK, as Christensen is a four-time Danish champion, three-time Danish Cup winner and two-time Champions League participant.
Maxi Galizzi / Forward / Puerto Madryn, Argentina
Joining the Christian Brothers University Tigers, Galizzi burst onto the scene with five goals and five assists in 17 games in 2018 and won second-team All-GSC honors. After six goals the following season, he was named First Team All-GSC.
Originally from Argentina, Galizzi played for Reading United in 2019 and reached the final of USL League Two. Galizzi has trained several times with Memphis 901 FC and scored a hat trick in his first game for CBU, as the Bucs drew 3-3 with UofM.
Will Greener / Forward / Frisco, Texas
A transfer from Salt Lake City Junior College, Greener joins the Tigers after a season with the Bruins. In five games so far this season, Greener has collected one goal and one assist as the Bruins enter the NJCAA tournament at 13-0-1.
Holder of 21 games in his final year at Wakeland High School, the forward played for the U16-U17 and U18-U19 teams of the Dallas Texans Development Academy where he was the Texans’ top scorer during the 2018-2019 season. .
Tyler Griffin / Forward / Rowlett, Texas
A four-year winner at Rowlett High School, Griffin chose to sign with the Tigers after a tremendous career in high school. A right-back early in his stint at Rowlett, Griffin spent his senior season as a forward, where he helped Rowlett to a 12-2 record and a district championship.
In eight years at club level, two seasons with Liverpool FCA and six seasons with Solar De Leon, Griffin has been part of two club championship teams. An excellent student off the field, the Texan has won honors for academic excellence every year in high school.
Toby McCallum / Midfielder / Edinburgh, Scotland
A transfer from Coastal Carolina, McCallum comes to Memphis after helping the Chanticleers compete in the 2021 NCAA tournament. Born in Scotland, McCallum grew up in Singapore until the age of 12, when he left to attend the 2021 NCAA tournament. Millfield School through a football scholarship. At Millfield, McCallum reached four national finals and won a national championship.
At an international level. McCallum has competed in three Youth World Cups for Singapore and received the England School Boys international selection against Astralia, Wales and Ireland. McCallup was on trial for the Derby Championship along with Bristol City, Yeovil Town, Exeter City and Weston Super Mares.
Bryce Meredith / Midfielder / Raleigh, NC
After two years at Lehigh University, Meredith joins the Tigers as a talented midfielder. The Raleigh native appeared in six games for the Mountain Hawks in 2019, setting a record 47 minutes at Penn on September 24.
Captain of her club team, Wake FC (17-19), as well as of Needham Broughton High School, Meredith guided her team to a State Cup championship in 2018. Additionally, Meredith competed in the USYS Regional Championships and was named All-Conference in high school.
Jose Maria Ojeda / Forward / Katy, Texas
Born in Celaya, Mexico, Ojeda joined the Obra D. Tompkins High School Tigers where he was a four-time winner. The Texan received numerous accolades throughout high school, including 1st Team All District and 1st Team All Regions. Last season, Ojeda scored 12 goals and recorded nine assists, bringing his career tally to 28 goals and 21 assists. He was also the team’s most capped player with 87 appearances.
At club level, Ojeda has scored three goals and added six assists for Albion Hurricanes FC, as the club went 16-1. In several seasons with Albion Hurricanes FC, he added 10 goals and 15 assists.
Lineker Rodrigues dos Santos / Forward / Houston, Texas
Born in Rio das Oastras, Brazil, dos Santos joins the Tigers at Cypress Ranch High School in Houston, Texas. While in high school, dos Santos was twice the District MVP and was named First Team All-Region.
At the club level, the Brazilian currently plays for the AHFC Royals of USL League Two. Dos Santos also played for Dynamo Academy and Dynamo SC. He was named VYPE Player of the Year as well as MVP of the Puma Cup.
Jordan Santa Cruz / Goalkeeper / Goodyear, Arizona.
A 2020 graduate from Millennium High School, Santa Cruz is one of two guardians of the Memphis dedication class. A two-year high school player, the Arizona native played for two years with the RSL-AZ MLS Next U18 / 19 Academy. Last season, the goalkeeper had a 0.44 goals against average.
Santa Cruz has been named one of the top 11 caps in Region IV and has made two appearances in the final of the Region IV ODP tournament. He also played for Barca Academy, with two starts for the U16-17 team and eight starts for the Academy’s top team.
Erik Sigman / Defender / Brookhaven, Georgia.
Winner of a three-year letter to Summit Country Day School, Sigman joins the Tigers after four years at Drake University. With the Bulldogs, Sigman started 12 games and made 33 appearances. In the 2020-21 season, the Ohio native scored his first career goal on April 13 against Loyola.
Originally from Reston, Va., Sigman was a two-time Ohio Division III State Champion (2015 and 2016). Sigman played for Cincinnati United Premier and competed in the USYS National Championship tournament in 2017.
Patrick Tobin / Defender / Wellington, New Zealand
Born in Huddersfield, England, Tobin joined Memphis from Cardinal Stritch University. Tobin was part of a 2020 conference championship team and a cup-winning team, with records of 16-4-1 and 11-1 respectively. In freshman Tobin started 14 of 16 games and played 1156 minutes.
Being a part of many successful club teams, Tobin recently spent 2018-2021 with the Miramar Rangers, where he helped the club break a 17-3-1 record and was among the 2020 Central League Champions. Now New Zealand at home, Tobin has played 54 times for the Miramar Rangers and has also played for Waterside Karori and Wellington Phoenix.
Zion Wagoner / Avant / Denver, Colorado.
Two sports star for Denver East High School, Wagoner comes to Memphis after leading his school in both goals (18) and assists (13). As a junior, he was named All-State, a progression from the Honorable Mention All-State in his sophomore year. Wagoner was named All-League for both years.
Wagoner spent two years with Real Colorado U18-19, where he played 15 games and made 11 starts. During the 2016-17 season, Wagoner started 22 games and played 28 total games with the Colorado Rapids U-14 where he scored 12 goals.
Colin Welsh / Goalkeeper / Overland Park, Kan.
Winner of a three-year letter in high school, Welsh joins the Tigers at Blue Valley West High School. Along with Blue Valley West, Welsh won the 2017 State Championship and finished second in the 2019 State Championship, as he was named âMan of the Matchâ of the final with 16 saves. In his senior season, Welsh helped the team to an 11-1-2 overall record with an unbeaten regular season.
In 2020, the Welshman has received numerous accolades, including United Soccer Coaches Midwestern Central Team, All-Metro Second Team, All-State Second Team and Eastern Kansas Goalkeeper of the Year. League. Last season, the Kansas native recorded one shutout in six of his 14 games with a .920 save percentage and a total of 150 saves.
The Head Coach Richard mulrooney
âFirst of all, I want to thank Tony and Norris for working tirelessly to help bring this group together. Being limited on how we might recruit due to the pandemic and having a 10 game season this spring the challenges have been there in preparation for a fall season in 3 months. I feel like we’ve been able to navigate the best this recruiting year and couldn’t be happier with the players that we have to represent the University of Memphis men’s soccer team. We have a base here with our current players and it was about finding the right pieces to fill the positions that we needed to improve so that we could compete for a conference championship if not further away and bring competition for the starting places thus bringing a competitive balance every day for training. “