NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. Monroe Colleges mens soccer coach Marcus Dibernardo recruited six new players in the Mustangs quest for an NJCAA championship in the 2012 season.
Attacking center midfielder Ibrahim Diaby earned high school All-American honors, won the New York City High School Player of the Year Award and led Martin Luther King Jr. High School to the 2011 PSAL NYC Championship.
Forward Emerson Barros from Shea High School in Pawtucket, R.I. earned First Team All-State and First Team All-New England honors during his high school career.
Victor Parra plays for the FC Boston Bolts US Academy Team. The midfielders strong point is creation of goal-scoring opportunities.
Another US Academy Team member, Abraham Bartoah, will take the field for the Mustangs this fall. Bartoah, who plays both midfield and forward, earned First-Team All-State and All-Conference all-star honors in Connecticut.
Scottish native Mark Weir will stand in goal for the Mustangs next season. The 64 Weir has several years of experience in Scotland and will try to bring his experience to the Mustangs.
Giorgi Mandzulashvili is the sixth addition to the Mustangs roster.
The Mustangs went to the NJCAA national championship game last season, finished with the top rank in the final poll and finished with a 14-2-1 record. Monroe allowed just 10 goals all season, four in the national title game. The Mustangs are 33-4-1 the past two seasons.
Monroe's first scrimmage of the year is Aug. 15 at Syracuse University and the Mustangs' first official game is Aug. 31 at home against Laramie County Community College.
From a report by Monroe College Athletics
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