Bianco Announces Men’s Soccer Recruiting Class of 2023

Bianco Announces Men’s Soccer Recruiting Class of 2023

Case Western Reserve University Head Coach Brandon Bianco has announced the Spartan men's soccer recruiting class of 2023. The five incoming players represent five different states.

"Every year our program graduates a special and influential senior class and this year is no exception," said Bianco. "We hope to begin to fill the void left by our five 2019 seniors with five talented student-athletes who will be a wonderful addition to our program. These five young men come from five different states and each brings unique qualities to the program. We're excited to get them on campus in August and integrate them with our group of returning players."

Get to Know the Incoming Players

Adrian Harkness (New York, N.Y. / Eleanor Roosevelt)
Position: Midfielder
Club: Manhattan Soccer Club
Intended Major: Physics
Reason to attend CWRU: "I chose CWRU because it has a great physics, engineering, and music programs and a competitive soccer team."
Bianco on Harkness: "Adrian is someone who is a talented attacking player. He can play a number of different roles and his creativity will be a nice addition to our attacking group."

Jackson Kallen (Decatur, Ga. / Paideia School)
Position: Goalkeeper
Club: Concorde Fire Development Academy
Intended Major: Computer Science
Reason to attend CWRU: "I chose CWRU because it's a perfect balance of excellent academics and high-level soccer."
Bianco on Kallen: "Jackson is a very technically-sound goalkeeper who does a good job of organizing the team in front of him and managing a game. His ability will bring a little different dimension to our goalkeeping unit."

Rafa Perez (McLean, Va. / Langley)
Position: Midfielder
Club: McLean Green
Intended Major: Engineering
Reason to attend CWRU: "After watching a game at CWRU last fall and meeting the team, I knew I wanted to be a part of this program. Along with playing the style of soccer I enjoy most, the team and coaching staff immediately made me feel welcome. I believe the academic rigor provided at CWRU will prepare me well for the future."
Bianco on Perez: "Rafa is someone who has a good frame and is highly skilled. He's a versatile player that could even play along the back line, if needed. We're excited about the versatility that he will bring to our roster."

James Ross-Kirov (The Woodlands, Texas / The Woodlands College Park)
Position: Midfielder
Club: Houston Texans Development Academy
Intended Major: Finance
Reason to attend CWRU: "CWRU combines great academics with elite soccer."
Bianco on Ross-Kirov: "James is a cerebral, technical left-footed midfield player that sees the game well. He will be someone who will complement our style of play and is best in linking the game from back to front."

Matt Vatne (Sterling Heights, Mich. / Adlai Stevenson)
Position: Midfielder
Club: Michigan Wolves Development Academy
Intended Major: Mechanical Engineering
Reason to attend CWRU: "I chose CWRU because of the fantastic academic and athletic reputation. The school provides great potential for me over the next four year, and once I visited the beautiful campus I this would be a place I wanted to be."
Bianco on Vatne: "Matt is a crafty attacking who has the ability to play centrally or in wide areas. He has a good soccer brain and we're looking forward to seeing how he will affect the game when he is on the field."