March 4, 2014
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The Villanova Wildcats have inked decorated back Chris Bared to a national letter of intent it was announced today. Bared, who first caught the eye of the Villanova coaching staff while playing for Panama in the CONCACAF U17 Championships for Panama, will enroll for the fall semester.
He becomes the first official member of the soccer program's incoming freshmen class.
Bared, 5-10, hails from Miami, Fla., and plays his club soccer for SAA Real Madrid Miami, where he served as a team captain. He attends Immaculata La Salle High School and was a 2013 FIFA U17 World Cup player.
"Chris is the type of high quality character student-athlete that we look for at Villanova," states Villanova head coach Tom Carlin. "On the field, he is very good attack-minded right back who has all the physical and technical attributes that we look for on our team.
"I initially watched him play with the U-17 Panama National Team in Panama and was very impressed with, not only his ability to get forward on the attack, but his relentless pursuit in transitional moments defensively. Off the field, Chris volunteers his time in the community and has strong core values as a young man."