Pipeline: USF soccer signs top German midfielder
USF men's soccer coach George Kiefer found great success last year in three international standouts from Tyler Junior College in Texas, most notably Dom Dwyer, who led the Big East in scoring and went in the opening round of the MLS SuperDraft.
That pipeline will continue this fall, as Kiefer has signed another international prospect from Tyler in Samuel "Samu" Hosseini, a 6-foot-1 midfielder from Cologne, Germany, who earned junior college All-America honors at Tyler and signed with the Bulls earlier this month.
"Sam's a clean, crisp player, a guy who doesn't make any mistakes," Tyler coach Steve Clements said. "He has great vision of the field, distributes the ball well. He plays the game very simple, does a lot of the dirty work and things that go unnoticed. He's just a smooth player."
Hosseini had seven goals and five assists for Tyler, and Clements said his best asset is being able to control the middle of the field, having led Tyler to an 18-1-4 record. Last year, when he played alongside Dwyer and future USF teammates Kyle Nicholls and Brenton Griffiths, Tyler went 20-0-1. Seeing their success at USF -- reaching the NCAA Elite Eight last fall -- put the Bulls high on his list of potential schools, and USF beat out schools like SMU and Big East rivals St. John's and Rutgers, who also signed Tyler players last year.
"When I was on the visit, I loved everything. I loved the facilities, loved the campus, felt very good about the coaches," said Hosseini, whose father is Iranian and mother is German. "It's easier for me to go to a place where I know people, and it will be great to play with them again. I can't wait to meet the whole team and start playing over there."
USF already added another top international junior college player in Edwin Moalosi, a top forward from Botswana who played last season at Lincoln College.