Men's Soccer Adds Three; Newcomer Receives Gatorade Honor
Conway - Head Coach Shaun Docking of the 2016 Men’s Soccer Sun Belt Conference Champions Coastal Carolina University, has added three more players to the 2017 roster, while another newcomer has been named the Utah Gatorade Player of the Year.
Morton Timm will transfer to CCU from USC Upstate. He will be a defender for the Chanticleers and have three seasons of eligibility remaining.
Timm is a native of Thuringen, Germany where he attended Guts Muths Sportgymnasium Jena. He played soccer for FC Carl Zeiss Jena, Hannover 96 and Borussia Dortmund 09. He served as the team captain for the U-19 Bundesliga Carl Zeiss Jena.
Transferring to CCU from UC Santa Barbara will be Sam Strong. He will also play as a defender and the Santa Barbara, Calif. Native will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Strong played in 30 matches during his two-year stint with UCSB and started 18 of those. He attended San Marcos High School and was a star for the academy team Real So Cal. He played on the U-23 team US National Team in a friendly against Mexico and was one of just two college players on the team.
He also spent time with the Santa Barbara Soccer Club and served as captain for Real So Cal.
A player with state and CCU ties has also decided to come to Coastal to continue his academic and athletic career. Wilbert Perez hails for Berea, S.C. and played at Berea High School. If his name sounds familiar to CCU Soccer fans, his older brother Joel Perez also played for CCU.
Perez, a midfielder, was the captain of the South Carolina AAA State Champions last year at Berea. He scored two goals and added an assist in the championship game, with his assist in overtime leading to the championship-winning goal.
Carlos Becerra was an earlier signee for the Chants from West Jordan, Utah. He was recently named the 2016-17 Gatorade Utah Boys Soccer Player of the Year.
The award not only recognizes his athletic accomplishments, but also high academic standards and character demonstrated both on and off the field. With his honor, Becerra became a finalist for the National Gatorade Player of the Year.
Becerra played for Copper Hills High School where he scored 13 goals and had nine assists leading the Grizzlies to a 13-5-1 record and the Class 5A semifinals. He also maintained a 3.98 grade point average and volunteered as a math tutor at Copper Hills.
Coastal Carolina will begin its defense of the 2016 Sun Belt Championship with an August 13 exhibition match at national-power, North Carolina.