USF men's soccer adds Venezuelan star Alterio
USF men's soccer coach George Kiefer, having already landed a top summer transfer in goalkeeper Chris Blais, has picked up another major addition in Roberto Alterio, a 20-year-old midfielder from Venezuela who brings international experience to the Bulls.
Alterio, who was cleared by the NCAA on Wednesday night, could join the Bulls in practice Friday after taking his physical on Thursday. He has extensive experience in Venezuela's national program -- when Venezuela played the United States in the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio, Alterio was on the Venezuelan bench.
USF has had great success with Venezuelan players, including midfielders Bernardo Anor (now with the MLS's Columbus Crew) and Francisco Aristeguieta, both from Caracas.
Alterio is the latest addition to a strong recruiting class that also includes the nation's top junior college scorer in England's Dom Dwyer, as well as his junior college teammate, Kyle Nicholls, and another top junior college scorer in forward Stiven Salinas. The Bulls return a strong nucleus from last year's team, which went 9-6-4 and lost in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
USF will open new Corbett Soccer Stadium on Tuesday with an exhibition against the University of Tampa, with the regular season starting Aug. 27 at Wake Forest. The official home opener for men's soccer is Sept. 2 against Georgia State.