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The signings include a pair of teammates from Michigan’s Spring Arbor University, Andrew Hill and Christian Strangis, Northwest Nazarene’s Zane Meehen, Highline Community College’s Tody Tolo and Adnan Omer, an attacking player from Seattle.
“The main thing with these signings is these guys are physical,” SeaWolves’ owner/coach Alex Silva said. “They have a lot of skills but they’re going to be good, tough, physical players for us. That’s something we’ve really been looking for.”
Hill (Mason, MI) is a midfielder who had seven goals and four assists and was second on the Spring Arbor team with 26 shots.
“He’s a talented play-maker,” Silva said. “He’s good at getting his teammates involved but he can also score. And he’s a confident player.”
Strangis (Bolton, Ontario) started 17 games at defense for Spring Arbor, which went 11-8-3 in 2011. He adds to a developing SeaWolves’ backline.
“He’s very good at winning balls from attacking players and he’s a good organizer in the back,” Silva said. “We’ve added a lot of vocal leadership at defense and that’s something that was very important to me.”
Meehen (Corvallis, OR) is another addition to the defense. He started 17 games for Northwest Nazarene, scoring a goal for NNU.
“He’s athletic, he’s fast and he knows how to get forward,” Silva said. “We’ve got a much more athletic defense than we had last year.”
Tolo (SeaTac, WA) was one of the Northwest Athletic Association of Community College’s most dangerous offensive players, scoring 12 goals for Highline. He participated in the SeaWolves’ preseason tryouts.
“He’s a big, strong forward,” Silva said. “He’s strong on the ball, knows how to score and has good speed. He could be a dangerous scorer for us.”
Omer is a midfielder/forward who should give the SeaWolves another speedy player up front.
“He can run, he’s got a powerful shot and he’s physical,” Silva said. “He’s a guy who can help on the attack.”
The SeaWolves are a member of the Northwest Division of the PDL, the highest level of amateur soccer in the United States. Their 16-game season begins May 20 at Fraser Valley. They play eight home games in June at Edmonds Stadium, beginning with a June 1 match against Washington Crossfire.
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