USC Soccer Team Signs Prized 2007 Class

While most of the recruiting excitement generated around the USC campus has belonged to the Gamecock Football team of late, the South Carolina Men's Soccer team welcomed a very exciting class of their own last week. Read inside for full story.



Last Wednesday Head Coach Mark Berson's club added eleven signees to their team, which includes four players that have participated in the United States Youth National team pool.

"We are very pleased with this class," South Carolina head coach Mark Berson said glowingly about his new signees. "This group is athletic and talented, and they will certainly help our program in the near term."

Led by forwards Sam Arthur and Mike Lindsay, this class features a balanced group along with one Goal Keeper, Jimmy Maurer, who has a chance to earn the starting role immediately.

Arthur was recently featured on the cover of Rise Magazine as a featured national recruit. Berson says Arthur is one of the best forwards in the 2007 class.

Forward Blake Brettschneider is another newcomer who will have a shot for early playing time. Brettschneider is one of five recruits from the state of Georgia.

Overall, this is one of the best incoming classes for the South Carolina men's soccer team in a long time. The following is a complete list of the new Gamecock signees:


Sam Arthur • 6-0 • 185 • F • Roswell, Ga. (Greater Atlanta Christian School)

Vance Benson • 5-10 • 150 • M • Rock Hill, S.C. (Northwestern High School)

Blake Brettschneider • F • 6-0 • 170 • Lilburn, Ga. (Parkview High School)

Sam Kleckley • 5-10 • 160 • D • Greenville, S.C. (Greenville Senior High Academy)

Ben Leblois • 6-0 • 175 • Defender • Atlanta, Ga. (Atlanta International School)

Mike Lindsay • 6-0 • 175 • Forward • Starkville, Miss. (Starkville High School)

Bryan Lowder • 6-1 • 180 • F • Brentwood, Tenn. (Univ. of Louisville/Brentwood High School)

Jimmy Maurer • 6-3 • 185 • GK • Lawrenceville, Ga. (St. Pius X Catholic High School)

Evan O'Dell • 6-2 • 190 • D • Duluth, Ga. (Peachtree Ridge High School)

Josh Stewart • 6-0 • 180 • M • Vestavia, Ala. (Vestavia Hills High School)

Will Traynor • 6-2 • 160 • M • St. Charles, Mo. (Francis Howell North High School)

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