GCU Sign Local Player & One From RSL Academy
The Grand Canyon University men’s soccer team today announced the addition of two athletes to the squad for the 2013 season. The Antelopes will participate in their inaugural season as members of the Division I Western Athletic Conference.
Amer Sasivarevic (front picture) joins the team from Real Salt Lake Arizona Academy, while Jose Rodriguez Nieblas is a local athlete from the Phoenix area.
Sasivarevic, a midfielder/forward, was an All-State selection in 2011-12 and named as one of the top-11 players the same year. at Olympus High School. He played his club soccer with the Utah Soccer Alliance and was a part of the Utah Olympic Development Program and went on to represent the Region IV. This season, Sasivarevic played in the prestigious RSL-AZ U18 Academy scoring 3 goals to date.
“Amer is the first player that we had the opportunity to sign from the Real Salt Lake Academy,” said head coach Petar Draksin. “That academy has come a long way in terms of getting their athletes recruited by Division I schools. We are looking forward to Amer playing as an attacking midfielder or forward. He was a star in the Salt Lake City area in high school and the type of athlete that we are looking to recruit in the future. Amer is strong with good speed, can score goals, and can play on both sides of the ball. He is also very committed to his studies. We are excited to have him in our program.”
Nieblas, a forward from Central High School, played four years of varsity soccer. He was an All-Region selection in 2010-11 after ranking second in the state with 26 assists. Nieblas scored 19 goals in nine games during his senior campaign at Central. In 2011-12, he was fortunate enough to be called to try out for the U.S. National Team in his age group. Nieblas played his youth career with United Latinos and presently is playing for Valparaiso Soccer Club.
“Jose is a local kid and I have no doubt that he is one of the top-three forwards coming out of the state of Arizona in this senior class,” said Draksin. “We are working on getting as many local athletes as possible. Jose was very successful at Central and he is a player that can play forward and in the midfield. He is a strong kid with good speed. Jose is also very committed to his academics, and that is the kind of kid that we want to have in our program. We are excited about him being from our backyard.”