SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The UCSB men's soccer team will add UMBC transfer Daniel Welsh to its 2012 roster it was announced by head coach Tim Vom Steeg today.
Welsh, a defender who hails from Fife, Scotland, will join the Gauchos for his junior season.
"We were still looking for another piece to round out our 2012 recruiting class," Vom Steeg said. "Danny Welsh is a player we are excited to get because, in addition to being versatile, he can play right away and will compliment (current Gaucho) Peter Schmetz."
While at UMBC, Welsh garnered 2011 NSCAA All-Northeast Region Third Team, 2011 All-America East Second Team, and 2010 America East All-Rookie Team honors.
Welsh scored two goals during his freshman campaign and made 29 starts for the Retrievers over the past two seasons. He also helped UMBC advance to the NCAA Tournament Second Round in 2010.
Welsh prepped at Stewart's Melville College in Scotland. He also represented his native country as the captain of the U-18 Scotland National Team. He additionally competed with Livingston FC and Inverness FC.
Welsh joins a group of incoming defenders that have been recruited to bolster the backline and help replace seniors and 2012 All-Big West honorees Tim Pontius and James Kiffe. Along with Welsh, UCSB has also added defenders Dylan Murphy (hailing from Australia) and Brandon Brockway (transferring from Oregon State).
"As a coach this is exciting," Vom Steeg said. "The keys to winning in collegiate soccer are having depth and experience. If there was one area where we were still thin, it was in the back, which is a position that is very hard to develop younger players."
The Gauchos will also welcome freshmen Ema Boateng (Cate School) and Nick Savino (Moorestown High School) and transfers Dion Accoff (Creighton), Achille Campion (Belhaven University), Javier Castro (Mt. San Antonio College) and Cesar Castillo (Cerritos College) for the fall 2012 season.