2017 Men's Soccer Roster
VILLANOVA, Pa. - With the start of fall camp just days away, Villanova added two more student-athletes to its roster for 2017. Yusuf Cueceoglu (Koln, Germany) joins the Wildcats freshman class while Luca Mellor (Huddersfield, England) arrives as a transfer student from the University of Pittsburgh.
Cueceoglu played in the U19 Bundesliga for Viktoria Koln and started 23 games this past season. Prior to that, he was a member of FC Koln's youth academy. He has been capped by the Turkish youth national team on multiple occasions. Also, he was called into the USA U17 national team by then Coach Richie Williams for a trial.
"Yusuf is a high level attacking player," stated Villanova head coach Tom Carlin. "He is smart, creative, and very confident on the ball, especially in tight spaces. He has an impressive final pass and is very consistent when taking set-pieces. We look forward to seeing how quickly he can adapt to the demands of college soccer." <p>
Mellor, meanwhile, spent the 2016 season at the University of Pittsburgh, where he led the Panthers in goals (three) while earning 16 starting assignments. A native of England, he was a member of Manchester United’s Academy since the age of six before landing a spot with Bradford City AFC at 10 years old. At the age of 15, he assisted the U18 Bradford City team that won the Youth Alliance North East League and won the Youth Alliance North Cup before earning a runner-up finish in the Youth Alliance National Final. A year later, it claimed the Youth Alliance North East League title again and made it to the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup. In his final year at Bradford, was a captain of the U18 squad and played multiple games for the U21 team, serving as a captain on various occasions.
"Luca brings even more experience and maturity to our team," added Carlin. "He played at extremely high levels while in England and in his first year of college soccer, so he will be used to the demands of the Big East and our non-conference schedule. He is a leader and can play along the backline or deep in midfield. He's a smart, honest player and is calm and composed on the ball with great passing range." The Wildcats report back to campus this week to begin preparation for the regular season opener on Aug. 26 at Virginia.