HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University men's soccer Head Coach Eric Da Costa has announced the signing of two players to National Letters of Intent for the 2010 season. Brandon Strain-Goode (Ajax, Ontario) and Stephen McCarthy (County Kerry, Ireland) will join a Bobcats team that fell just one goal short of capturing the program's first Northeast Conference Championship this past season. Strain-Goode and McCarthy will add depth to the team as they will fill spots at the forward and defense positions.
Strain-Goode is a defender that was part of an undefeated team last season in the Ontario Youth Soccer League. That defensive core only allowed 11 goals against in 18 games during the 2009 season on its way to claiming the OYSL Championship. Strain-Goode has also played for the Spartacus Athletic Club team which is the No. 1 ranked team in Ontario. A four-year starter on his high school team, Strain-Goode also trained with Bundesliga team Hertha BSC in Germany.
"I'm really excited to become a Bobcat and join a great soccer team," Strain-Goode said. "What really stood out about the team is the quality coaching staff and the calm, skilled style of play. I'm looking forward to contributing right away this August."
"Brandon is a young player who plays with the composure of an experienced veteran," Da Costa said. "He is a very good defender with excellent technical skill. He will fit right into our style of play and I expect him to add significant value to an already very good defensive back four."
McCarthy will add skill to the Quinnipiac forwards in 2010. He joins the Bobcats after having represented Ireland on both the U16 and U17 National Teams. A former member of Cork City FC, McCarthy led his team in scoring from 2006 to 2008. As a member of Cork City, he was part of a team that won Cork Youth League Cork Youth Cup in consecutive seasons, as well as the Cork Youth Cup and Interprovincial Munster Youth Cup in 2008. Prior to Cork City, he played for Shelbourne FC where he was also the top goal scorer with 20 in 18 games in 2005. As a youth player, McCarthy played for a team that won the National Championship with his county team.
"I am delighted and honored at the prospect of joining Quinnipiac University," McCarthy said. "I am looking forward to a great season with the Bobcats in our challenge to win the divisional title and make the playoffs. I would like to thank Coach Eric Da Costa and all at Quinnipiac men's soccer for this fantastic opportunity to play with a top-class University."
"Stephen is a big strong forward who is very effective at holding the ball and allowing the play to go through him," Da Costa said of McCarthy. "His strengths will most definitely add a new dynamic to our offense that has been lacking a strong target player. I'm excited about Stephen's addition and look forward to getting him involved this summer."