University of Akron soccer coach Jared Embick announced the addition of midfielder Brent Nanchoff and defender Danilo Radjen to the Zips’ 2014 roster.
Nanchoff is from North Royalton and will be a freshman in the fall. He carries on the family name at Akron, following in the footsteps of his father Louie, uncle George and cousin Michael.
Louie and George were All-Americans at UA in the mid-1970s before beginning professional careers. Michael was a member of UA’s national championship team in 2010 and is currently with the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer.
Brent Nanchoff played for the International Soccer Club of the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy in Cleveland.
“We are excited to add another talented Nanchoff to the Akron soccer family” Embick said. “Brent has the chance to be as successful as Louie, George and Michael. He has great technique and passing ability and can see the field better than most players coming into college.
“Brent has grown up around the game and you can see that in the way he plays. He has a high soccer IQ.”
Radjen, a graduate of Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School, is a transfer from Cleveland State where he was named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team in 2012. He appeared in every match — starting all but two — in two seasons at CSU and helped the Vikings win the Horizon League title and appear in the NCAA Tournament two years ago. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.
“Danilo is a great addition to the team,” Embick said. “He is a strong leader, has size and strength, is dominant in the air, and possesses a tremendous work ethic. These are the qualities we have been looking to add to our squad. He is also a good passer who will allow us to continue to start our attacks from the back. We couldn’t be happier to have him join our program.”
The Zips have added 14 players to the roster since the start of the new year.
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