July 15, 2014
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin men's soccer head coach John Trask announced Tuesday the addition of 11 student-athletes who will join the Badgers for the 2014 season.
With the departure of a large group from last season, UW welcomes the addition of a talented and deep class for the fall of 2014. Coming off the program’s first NCAA tournament berth in nearly two decades, the newest group of Badgers looks to build on the foundation laid by those before them.
|2014 Wisconsin Men's Soccer Signees
|Nikola Atlija - Franklin, Wis.
|Tom Barlow - St. Louis, Mo.
|Mike Catalano - Roselle, Ill.
|Alex Masbruch - Slinger, Wis.
|Christopher Mueller - Schaumburg, Ill.
|Rahim Ahmed Omar - Maple Grove, Minn.
|Enda O'Neill - Louisville, Colo.
|Adrian Remeniuk - Glenview, Ill.
|Bayley Scholz - Appleton, Wis.
|Mark Segbers - St. Louis, Mo.
|Grant Stoneman - Saint Charles, Ill.
Nikola Atlija (Franklin, Wisconsin), Tom Barlow (St. Louis, Missouri), Mike Catalano (Roselle, Illinois), Alex Masbruch (Slinger, Wisconsin), Christopher Mueller (Schaumburg, Illinois), Rahim Ahmed Omar (Maple Grove, Minnesota), Enda O’Neill (Louisville, Colorado), Adrian Remeniuk (Glenview, Illinois), Bayley Scholz (Appleton, Wisconsin), Mark Segbers (St. Louis, Missouri) and Grant Stoneman (Saint Charles, Illinois) will join the Badgers this fall.
"This year’s class will be expected to compete for playing time immediately," Trask said. “The depth and breadth of this class will positively impact the program for years to come. We have addressed needs in all parts of the field. I feel strongly that we have one of the top five classes in the country joining us in August.
“The addition of these fine young players, along with a solid returning class, raises expectations for the program next year.”
• Nikola Atlija
A forward from Franklin, Atlija was ranked as a four-star recruit according to TopDrawerSoccer.com. Before committing to the Badgers, Atlija played for club teams FC Wisconsin (2013-14), FC Milwaukee (2008-12) and United Serbians (2001-08). FC Milwaukee was State Cup Runner Up in 2009, ’10 and ’11. A knack for scoring, Atlija was the leading goal scorer in FC Milwaukee U12-18.
Atlija spent summers from 2004-13 training with various age groups at prestigious Serbian club Red Star Belgrade. There, he worked with youth program director Tomislav Milicevic, a former player of Red Star, and Iviva Momcilevic, a former player of Red Star’s 1991 European Champions.
Atlija attended Franklin High School, where he was a varsity starter as a freshman and sophomore. He led the team in scoring (nine goals) and assists (12) as a sophomore, while leading the squad in assists (18) as a freshman.
Trask on Atlija: “Nikola is an attacking player who has excellent technique and the ability to score and create goals. He has an excellent pedigree having trained with Red Star in Belgrade, Serbia, during his development, as well as a member of FC Nationals Wisconsin. Nikola will bring added quality to the Badgers team this coming fall and for the coming years. I believe Big Ten soccer will allow Nikola to realize his true potential and I’m very excited to work with him in the future.”
Tiemeyer on Atlija: “Nikola provides creativity and style in the attack. As he matures at UW, he will be counted on to provide our team with those attacking trademarks. I am thrilled Nikola will be joining two other FC Wisconsin products at UW and look forward to their continued development together.”
• Tom Barlow
A varsity starter his freshman year at Chaminade College Prep, it wasn’t long before Barlow was one of the best players not only in the Metro Catholic Conference, but the nation. The forward from St. Louis, Missouri, was most recently recognized his senior season with the St. Louis Soccer Hall of Fame Rising Star and Larry Hughes awards, and was also named Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior. His junior season, Barlow recorded 27 goals and 17 assists to lead the Red Devils to the Class 3 State Championship match. An All-American selection, Barlow was also the Missouri Soccer Coaches Association Class 3 Player of the Year, as well as a First Team All-MCC and First Team All-Metro selection. Even as a sophomore, he was recognized as Chaminade Offensive Player of the Year and earned placement on First Team All-Metro and First Team All-MCC. Barlow tallied 58 goals and 28 assists over the course of his prep soccer career.
Ranked as a four-star prospect by TopDrawerSoccer.com, Barlow played club soccer for 10 years with St. Louis Scott Gallagher. His club honors include 2014 Boys IMG Academy 150 Player Pool; National Finalist for U-16 Academy (2011); three-year Missouri State Cup winner (2008-10); Regional and National finalist in 2009; Regional finalist in 2008; and Disney Junior Showcase Gold Medal Winner in 2008.
Barlow also participated in US Club Soccer’s Id2 Dallas (2008) and Id2 St. Louis (2007) camps as part of its National Identification and Development Program.
Trask on Barlow: “Tom’s ability to score goals and be a handful for opposing defenses is why he was so highly sought after. His physical components and athleticism will be difficult for any defender across the country to deal with. I believe Tom’s strengths will fit nicely into our offensive scheme and I am really looking forward to working with him over the next few years.”
Tiemeyer on Barlow: “Tom’s physical abilities, combined with his finishing ability, will allow him to compete right away as a freshman. He comes to UW from an excellent high school program where he was coached by the highly respected Mike Gauvain. Tom made the difficult decision to play his senior year for the US Soccer Academy Program, St. Louis Scott Gallagher, where he was coached by Tim Leonard and Kevin Kalish.”
• Mike Catalano
The 2013-14 Gatorade Illinois Boys Soccer Player of the Year, Catalano joins the Badgers after recording 30 goals and 10 assists his senior season while leading Lake Park High School to a record season (21-4-3) and Class 3A state semifinals. The forward from Roselle, Illinois, was recognized with First Team All-State selection, First Team All-Area honoree by the Chicago Sun-Times and served as captain of the Daily Herald All-Area Team. Catalano did not play prep soccer as a sophomore or junior, yet finished at Lake Park ranked the fourth all-time leading scorer, fourth for career goals (39), and also tallied 16 assists. TopDrawerSoccer.com ranked Catalano as a four-star prospect.
Catalano was a member of club teams Chicago Magic PSG Academy (2012-14); Chicago Fire Juniors (2011); Edipee Select Soccer (2009-10); and Youth Club Soccer (2000-08). He excelled in the classroom as well, maintaining an A-minus average and earning High Honor Roll all four years, plus DVC All-Academic and IHSA All-Academic honors as a senior.
Trask on Catalano: “I’ve been recruiting the Chicago area since the early 90s and Michael is one of those special midfielders who can do so many positive things for a soccer team. Physical strength, sublime technique and understanding of rhythm within a soccer team are just some of his many qualities. Mike is also an outstanding student and will increase the level of intelligence with which we play. I’ve worked with many Big Ten Player of the Year athletes over my career (Tomislav Zadro, Lazo Alavanja, Todd Yeagley, Dema Kovalenko, Aleksey Korol, Brian Maissonueve) as well as LA Galaxy midfielder Baggio Husidic (UIC), and I feel that Michael can be in the same category of these players.”
Tiemeyer on Catalano: “Michael has all the attributes you look for in a center midfielder: passing ability, passing range, ball-winning ability, long-range shooting ability, voice, intelligence, competitiveness, physical range, etc. He is a product of the Chicago Magic Soccer Club where he trained under the direction of Louis Mateus. With continued development and maturity, Michael has the ability to achieve great success both on and off the field at UW.”
• Alex Masbruch
A two-time team captain, Masbruch brings not only his leadership, but club and prep soccer experience to Wisconsin next season. A four-star prospect according to TopDrawerSoccer.com and ranked in the 2014 Boys IMG Academy 150 Player Pool, Masbruch most recently served as team captain for FC Wisconsin Nationals U18 (2013-14). Playing right fullback and midfielder, Masbruch played for FC Milwaukee Academy U16 from 2010-13, where he also served as team captain. Additional club soccer experience includes FC Milwaukee U14 (2009-10); Mequon United U12-13 (2008-09); and SC Slinger U12 (2007).
The Slinger native attended Slinger High School of the Wisconsin Little Ten. As a sophomore, he earned Second Team All-Conference and during his freshman campaign was named to First Team All-Conference and nominated for the All-State team.
Additional soccer experience includes U18 3v3 Tournament Champion as a U16 Player (2012); attending UW-Madison Soccer College Camp (2012); U15 3v3 Tournament Champion as a U14 Player (2011); and being invited to the first Midwest Combine in 2013.
Trask on Masbruch: “Alex joins us from FC Wisconsin, where he’s been the central hub of their Academy team for the past few years. He can play in many different spots and I know our older players will be excited to have him as a part of the program. Coach Tiemeyer and former assistant coach (Phil) Presser, along with the staff at FC Wisconsin, have done an outstanding job preparing Alex for college soccer, but more importantly for the Big Ten Conference. Alex brings a great blend of technique, focus, discipline, leadership and the hallmarks of a big-time soccer player. I know Alex will be a leader of this program in the future and I’m really looking forward to shaping and molding him into the player we expect him to be.”
Tiemeyer on Masbruch: “Alex is a Big Ten soccer player. He is solid on the ball and a strong ball winner. He is very competitive, passionate and physically prepared. Alex has the ability to play in multiple positions while at Wisconsin due to his personality and technique.”
• Christopher Mueller
Mueller brings a plethora of club soccer experience to the Badgers after spending the last nine seasons playing forward for Sockers FC Chicago Soccer Academy. The Schaumburg, Illinois, native was a four-star prospect according to TopDrawerSoccer.com and ranked in the 2014 Boys IMG Academy 150 Player Pool. Prior to his time with Sockers FC Chicago, Mueller competed with the U14 IYSA National Championship team, U15 US Club National Championship team, spent two years in U16 Academy and one year in U18 Academy.
Club soccer accomplishments of Mueller include 2011 Sockers FC Top Talent Program and First Team Metro League; 2011 State and Regional Finalist, Midwest Regional League (MRL) Champion; 2011 Manchester Premier Cup; 2010 State, Regional and National Champion; and 2009 Regional Champion.
Trask on Mueller: “Christopher is another in a long line of Chicago based players who have helped Wisconsin soccer over the years. He is a coach’s dream, both technical and hard working with the ability to unbalance opposing defenses in a number of different ways. Chris can play multiple spots for us and I believe when he gets settled within the team great things will come from him.”
Tiemeyer on Mueller: “Christopher comes to UW from the very successful Chicago Sockers Academy program coached by David Richardson. As with most Sockers’ products, Christopher is an extremely competitive player with high-end technique. He has the ability to unlock the opposition off the dribble or with an incisive pass.”
• Rahim Ahmed Omar
Ranked as a four-star prospect by TopDrawerSoccer.com, Omar joins the Badgers after most recently playing as a member of the Minnesota Thunder Academy (2008-14). Over his club soccer career, the Maple Grove, Minnesota, native was a part of one state cup championship and two state cup runner-up squads. He won the MYSA League three times and was a consistent starter between U13-16 as a center back. Omar has competed in the National Premier League (NPL), Midwest Regional League (MRL) and USYSA Region 2 Championships. He also played club soccer for Wings SC (2006-08).
Omar played prep soccer at The Blake School of the Tri-Metro Conference. During his sophomore season, he was All-Conference Honorable Mention and voted team MVP. He was a consistent starter at midfielder and defender during both his freshman and sophomore years.
Trask on Omar: “Rahim is a natural soccer player, who combines excellent technique and very good tactical awareness for a player his age. He could follow in the long line of top-level players from Minnesota who have played for the Badgers. Rahim can play centrally or wide and will be a player who really thrives in our system of development here at Wisconsin. Rahim played for the Minnesota Thunder in the academy and has been well groomed to become an excellent defender in the future.”
Tiemeyer on Omar: “Rahim is a very fluid soccer player, allowing him to excel at multiple positions on the field. He usually makes the right choice with the first pass when playing as a center back or holding midfielder and provides a pass that is in rhythm and user friendly. I am looking forward to being a part of Rahim’s continued development at UW.”
• Enda O’Neill
O’Neill joins Wisconsin as a four-star prospect according to TopDrawerSoccer.com. The Louisville, Colorado, native played for club teams Colorado Rapids (2012-14) and Boulder Force (2008-12) and was ranked in the 2014 Boys IMG Academy 150 Player Pool. Prior to his days of club soccer, O’Neill played varsity at Fairview High School in Boulder for two seasons as his team reached the State quarterfinals both his freshman and sophomore years. As a sophomore, O’Neill played in all 14 games and was recognized by coaches and peers with the Best Young Player Award. That season, he helped the Knights win the Front Range League Conference and reach the Round of 16 in the 2011 5A Boys State Bracket.
Trask on O’Neill: “Enda’s physical and quality on the ball will help the back of the team. Coming from an MLS Academy (Colorado Rapids) where his training habits have been established by their Academy staff, we believe that he will fight for a starting spot this coming fall. Enda is a high-end soccer player and a very gifted student who will have a great chance to realize his goals at Wisconsin.”
Tiemeyer on O’Neill: “Enda will provide our team with strong passing range from the back and a physical edginess in the tackle. His versatility will provide us with flexibility as Enda is very capable of playing as a wide back, center back or holding midfielder. His passion for the game is second to none and Enda will bring great insight to his fellow teammates.”
• Adrian Remeniuk
A goalkeeper from Gleview, Illinois, Remeniuk joins the Badgers having most recently played for club teams Chicago Fire Academy (2013-14) and Sockers FC (2007-13). A four-star prospect according to TopDrawerSoccer.com, Remeniuk was named to the 2014 Boys IMG Academy 150 Player Pool. He was also invited to the US Soccer Federation Training Centers as a US Soccer Player of Interest in 2011, ’12 and again in ’13. Additional club experience for Remeniuk included Chicago Fire U18 Academy (2013-14); Sockers FC U18 Academy (2012-14); and Sockers FC U16 Academy (2011-12).
Remeniuk attended Glenbrook South High School, where he was an Honor Roll student all four years.
Trask on Remeniuk: “Adrian is a modern-day goalkeeper who can dictate the flow of the game. His background with the Chicago Fire Academy and work with volunteer assistant coach Stan Anderson allows him to play at a level higher than his age would suggest. The battle between the goalkeepers this coming fall will be intense and provide for competition that will make the whole team stronger. Adrian knows he has all the tools to lead us, now the question becomes is he mentally ready for the rigors of Big Ten soccer as a freshman.”
Tiemeyer on Remeniuk: “Adrian plays goalkeeper with a real presence. He combines height, length, athleticism and communication ability to create his strong presence. Adrian has received excellent training at the Chicago Fire, but has continually looked outside for additional training opportunities. He has a strong desire to be successful.”
• Bayley Scholz
Born and raised a fan of the Badgers, Scholz joins the UW program after most recently playing for FC Wisconsin U-18 in 2014. A defender from Appleton, Scholz was rated a three-star prospect according to TopDrawerSoccer.com. He also was a member of U-16 Real Salt Lake Academy-Arizona, which won the USSDA national championship last year.
Scholz was a varsity starter as a freshman and sophomore at Kimberly High School in the Fox Valley Association. He was a four-year honor roll member in high school.
Trask on Scholz: “Bayley is a player we identified at our camp program and has all the tools to be an outstanding defender for the Badgers in the future. Bayley has played with Real Salt Lake Academy and now with the FC Wisconsin Academy. His physical ability and drive are really exciting qualities to add to our team here at Wisconsin. Bayley is an excellent student and the coaching staff is very pleased he’s decided to join us.”
Tiemeyer on Scholz: “Bayley is a Wisconsin kid that truly wanted to become a Wisconsin Badger. He moved away to train at the Real Salt Lake Academy, but returned to FC Wisconsin for his senior year. He is a hard-nosed defender that possesses good passing ability. Bayley can compete as an outside back or center back due to his competitiveness and excellent physical conditioning.”
• Mark Segbers
A four-star prospect according to TopDrawerSoccer.com, Segbers played prep soccer at St. John Vianney High School. As a sophomore, the forward/midfielder from St. Louis, Missouri, was named to Second Team Metro Catholic Conference. During his freshman season, he was a Metro Catholic Conference Honorable Mention and contributed to his team finishing as 2010 MSHSAA State Finalists.
Last season, Segbers was invited to participate in a US Men’s National Team Camp held in Portland, Oregon. He participated in club soccer with St. Louis Scott Gallagher U11-U18 and Busch Soccer Club U7-U10.
Other notables include 2014 Boys IMG Academy 150 Player Pool; US U18 MNT National Combine (2013); USSDA U16 Central Conference Starting XI (2013); USSDA U18 Fifth in Nation (2013); USSDA Central Conference Starting XI (2012); USSDA U16 National Finalist (2012); Manchester United Premier Cup Participants (2010/11) and 2009 Nike iD2 International Selection (Germany/Netherlands).
Trask on Segbers: “Mark is a game changer, plain and simple. He has athleticism and quality very few players in the United States possess. I believe Mark will be a professional player in the future and a guy who brings enthusiasm and charisma to the team. Having watched Mark compete for the famed Scott Gallagher Club in St. Louis, the sky is the limit for him. Recruiting him has been a pleasure, but now we get to work with him on a daily basis and that is something the staff and I look forward to greatly.”
Tiemeyer on Segbers: “Mark has the rare combination of high-end athleticism, technique and passion for the game. His transition is excellent as he is more than willing to put in the work on the defensive side and he truly excels in the attack. Mark comes from a wonderful family and a high school that is second to none. He is a wonderful teammate and will mature into a terrific leader at Wisconsin.”
• Grant Stoneman
Electing to be a full-time academy player his senior year, Stoneman joins the Badgers after playing club soccer for the Chicago Magic Academy USSDA. The center back from Saint Charles, Illinois, also competed for 11 years with Campton United.
Stoneman transferred to Wheaton Academy and became eligible his junior year. That season, Stoneman recorded 29 goals, 18 assists and scored the game-winning goal in the Class 2A Supersectional to lead the Warriors to their first state appearance since 2005. Wheaton Academy finished as a 2012 Illinois State Semifinalist, as Stoneman earned Conference Player of the Year, was named to the All-Sectional team and a First-Team member by both the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune. Before transferring, Stoneman’s prep career began at Burlington Central, where he tallied seven goals and nine assists as a freshman to help his team reach the 2010 Illinois State Semifinals. That season, he earned All-Big Northern Conference selection and All-Sectional Honorable Mention.
In the classroom, Stoneman was a member of National Honor Society and earned Honor Roll all four years.
Trask on Stoneman: “Grant was identified by our staff in the summer camp program. His size, feet and tenacity will allow him to compete immediately for playing time. Grant played for Louis Mateus at the Chicago Magic Academy and we feel that he has all the tools to become a dominant defender here in Madison.”
Tiemeyer on Stoneman: “Grant is another recruit that truly wanted to be a Wisconsin Badger, as he has family already attending UW. He has blossomed over the past year into a solid center back after playing most often in attacking roles. Grant is not only accepting his new position on the field, but has pushed himself into a more competitive environment with his move to the Chicago Magic. Another excellent student, Grant is primed for success both on and off the field at UW.”