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Men's Soccer Announces Recruiting Class

          Release: 04/04/2012
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Head coach Fernando Barboto has announced the addition of five players to the Iona College men's soccer program for the upcoming 2012 season. Joining the Gaels will be Dylan CopeCody KissKarlo MorellSaul Ortega and Julian Petrello.

“We have a small class this year because we graduated just two players from last year’s team that went 15-4-1," said Barboto.  "We have six returning Regional All-Americans so the team is very complete. The 2012 class will ensure depth in key positions and further strengthen our roster for the future years.”

Dylan Cope was a key member of the Fordham Prep soccer team that won its first-ever CHSAA state title a season ago.  He was named All-Bronx Player of the Year by the NY Post, as well as one of the Post's All-City Top 11 Players of the Year.  He has club experience with the Cosmos Academy U-16 squad as well as the Aburndale Bayside Aston Villa team.

Barboto on Cope: “Dylan has the mental edge and technically ability to come in and make an immediate impact on our team... we are delighted to have signed one of the best midfielders in the NYC area”.

Cody Kiss was a four year varsity starter at Pope John XXIII High School in Sparta, NJ, earning First Team All-State and First All-Conference accolades on a squad.  He recently started playing club with FC Copa Boca after previously serving as captain for Everton NJ 93/94.

Barboto on Kiss: “Cody will come into an environment that has produced six returning Regional All-Americans, he has all the raw tools and we will look to develop him over his four year career into an impact player”.

Karlo Morell earned was named Team MVP in 2010 at American Military Academy and named best goalkeeper in 2009.  He plays for the club team Bayamon FC.

Barboto on Morell: “Karlo is a very athletic goalkeeper who will add great depth to the goal keeping position. We are excited to have him here this summer."

Saul Ortega from Madrid, Spain played central midfield for Victoria Kelt HS and club with Getafe FC.

Barboto on Ortega: “Saul is cut from the same cloth as our other Spaniards and brings dicispline, work ethic, and commitment to this team.  He is a very hard working and technical player that will run around in the central midfield for us”

Julian Petrello was a three time team MVP at the High School for Math, Science and Engineering at the City College of New York.  In 2010, he was the second leading goal scorer in the PSAL with 28 goals, averaging two goals per game.  From 2002-2010, Petrello was a member of the Manhattan Soccer Club Ajax.  In 2009, he earned an invitation to the Eastern New York ODP team as well as the U-17 U.S. National Program at IMG Academy.

Barboto on Petrello: “Julian is a very technical and confident goal keeper with great size.  He is undoubtedly the future of Iona soccer goalkeeping!”

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