STOCKTON, Calif. – Pacific men's soccer head coach Ryan Jordan is pleased to announce his first six incoming players for the 2018 season. The second group of incoming players will be revealed in the coming weeks.
"I am very pleased to announce the first part of our recruiting class for 2018. In this group, we have worked to replace the graduating players from our inaugural recruiting class of 2014 which has been foundational in the building of our soccer program, expressed Jorden.
"We have continued to search for players with unique qualities that will allow for us to play in the dynamic possession style that we have established over the past four years. These incoming players have a committed desire to being part of our future and have all displayed great individual and personal qualities on top of their high level soccer playing IQs. We are very excited about the impact that they will have in continuing our trajectory as a soccer program."
Joining next year's roster are Blair Durand, Jose Angel Reyes, Jose Sosa, Ser Xa Ryan Her, Cooper Riley, and Michael Vang.
High School: Fossil Ridge HS
Durand is a varsity letter winner in both men's soccer and track at Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins, Colorado. The three-year starting forward has collected 23 goals and 28 assists in 48 games. As a sophomore he was named Front Range League (FRL) Offensive Player of the Year, while also receiving All-Area and All-Conference following his junior and senior seasons and All-State as a senior.
In addition, Durand helped his club program — Arsenal Colorado — to a Championship title in 2016.
"As we watched and got to know Blair during the recruiting process, it became evident that he loves playing soccer. He has terrific athletic skill and a developmental upside that we are very excited about. His pace and desire to score goals will be huge assets for our team and for him in his transition to collegiate soccer."
Angel Reyes and Jose Sosa currently both play for Strikers FC in Southern California.
Sosa is a 3-year Varsity letterman for Servite High School. A Second Team All-Trinity League selection, Sosa helped lead the Friars to their fourth-consecutive Trinity League title last season while tallying four goals and 14 assists. Individual accolades include being named his team's Offensive Most Valuable Player of the Year on three occasions.
"Jose displays a great feel for creating space and goal scoring chances for himself and his teammates. There are very few super technical "natural" number 10's out there. However, Jose's creativity and ability to combine with his teammates while also possessing a tactical directness will suit our style of play perfectly."
Jose Angel Reyes
High School: La Mirada HS
Reyes is a four-year letter winner out of La Mirada High School.
"Angel has an energy that is unmatched by any player that we saw in the recruiting process. His positivity and drive on the field are contagious and will be impactful in our team. He is a true competitor and a very good technical defender. These qualities will allow for a smooth transition for him to the collegiate level."
Ser Xa Ryan Her
High School: McClatchy HS
Ryan Her is a midfielder for the Sacramento Republic Development Academy for the past three years. In his 43 starts he has scored four goals for the academy as a deeper lying midfielder.
"I chose the collegiate route for my family. It's something that means a lot to them," said Her. "I think that going to the University of the Pacific is the right choice for me. The coaches in the program are really good, and they just developed a player that got drafted #3 overall by LAFC, which shows how great the program is. Plus, I want the education along with hopefully becoming a pro," said Her.
"Ryan has all of the qualities of the complete midfielder," stated Jorden. "His work rate, tenacious defending, and desire to compete are foundational elements in his game and are balanced perfectly with his tactical understanding and positional sense. He is a terrific passer of the ball in both tight and large spaces and can play in multiple positions."
High School: Flower Mound HS
Cooper Riley is a defender from Flower Mound, Texas and has been a member of the Dallas Texas Development Academy since 2015. During that time he appeared in 64 matches.
"Cooper has an extremely nice blend of left footed technical quality, soccer savvy and the bite required to play at the collegiate level. He displays a smoothness and elegance in his game when his team is in possession, and in an instant will transition to doing the hard and dirty work that is essential to playing in defense."
High School: Shattuck-Saint Mary's School
Michael Vang is a midfielder from Shattuck St. Mary's High School in Faribault Minnesota. As a freshman in 2015, Vang finished with 12 goals for his club team, the Minnesota Thunder Academy, en route to earning MVP honors that same year.
"A very quick and technical player, Michael possesses a "sixth sense" in his ability to feel space and openings in an opponent's defense. There wasn't another player that we saw that displayed a greater perception of the moments to get turned in midfield. He is very crafty in his creating chances for the team and will enhance our team in the final third."
We expect an immediate influence from all our incoming players this year. These incoming freshman along with the players that we will release in our second signing announcement will be critical in creating a greater quality and depth in our team, along with challenging to impact our First XI.