Men's Soccer Strengthens Roster with Additions for 2014
Mar. 4, 2014
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Missouri State men's soccer program announced the addition of five players who will be joining the team for the reigning Missouri Valley Conference regular season champions for the 2014 season. The five student-athletes are Kevin Birk, Jake Laird, Andrew Dittemore, Brett Landles, and Liam Priestley.
2014 Men's Soccer Commitments:
Kevin Birk, Defender, Washington, Mo., St. Francis Borgia Regional
Kevin Birk comes to Springfield as a defender from Washington, Mo. The U.S. Soccer Development Academy and St. Francis Borgia High School product joins the Bears as a three-year varsity team captain for the Knights. Birk played exclusively for SLSG Metro U-18 Academy in his final year of high school, which he served as team captain in the fall. For St. Francis Borgia, Birk was a two-time all-district and all-region selection, as well as an all-state second team and honorable mention honoree.
Associate head coach Michael Seabolt on Birk:
Jake Laird, Defender, Troy, Ill., St. Triad High School
Jake Laird joins the Bears as an experienced defender. The U.S. Soccer Development Academy player competed his freshman and sophomore seasons at Triad high school before playing exclusively for his Academy team, SLSG Metro. Over the course of three years with the Academy side, Laird has started 52 of 61 games. He also is a two-time Honorable Mention Mississippi Valley selection.
Associate head coach Michael Seabolt on Laird:
"Jake is a very technical left footed player. He can play in the midfield or at left back. He will fit in perfectly with our possession oriented style of play. Dangerous service on restarts is also a strength for him. He is also a product of the St. Louis Scott Gallager Illinois Academy, one of the top clubs in the region, and was coached by former MSU assistant Jeremy Alumbaugh."
Andrew Dittemore, Goalkeeper, Gardner, Kan., Gardner Edgerton High
Sporting Kansas City Academy's goalkeeper, Andrew Dittemore, has signed with Missouri State for fall as well. Dittemore played two seasons in net for the Trailblazers, where he was named team MVP in his sophomore campaign, before transitioning into the goalkeeper position for the Sporting KC Juniors.
Associate head coach Michael Seabolt on Dittemore:
Brett Landles, Midfielder, Barrie, Ontario, St. Joan of Arc
Missouri State strengthens the midfield with the signing of Brett Landles. The Ontario native has played for Toronto's elite soccer club, Sigma FC for the past four years. Landles' Sigma FC side won the U17 Potomac Championship in Maryland last may.
Associate head coach Michael Seabolt on Landles:
Liam Priestley, Goalkeeper, Southend, Essex, England, St. Thomas More
Tottenham Hotspur academy goalie Liam Priestley has signed to join the Missouri State soccer team in Fall of 2014. The keeper will join a Bears side which already consists of 8 English players.
Associate head coach Michael Seabolt on Priestley: