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Syracuse men’s soccer welcomes two new members to the team

The mid-year enrollees should get a leg up during training and the spring season.

Steve Haller

Inching closer to signing day for the Syracuse Orange, some pieces are starting to fall into place. As of today, we officially have two new members of the Syracuse Men’s Soccer team. Incoming freshman Djimon Johnson and Lander College transfer Hugo Delhommelle are officially on the roster and available for spring workouts and the upcoming spring season.

Djimon Johnson is a midfielder, heading our way as an early enrollee from South Kent Prep School. He was also a member of the Revolution Academy System, playing for Beachside SC as his youth team in the US Development Academy League, as well as Revolution United, per TopDrawerSoccer, which may or may not be accurate. Johnson is a midfielder from Bridgeport, Connecticut. The internets are lacking in details on Mr. Johnson, and we’ll fill you in more as they’re unearthed. It does look like he’ll be wearing the #18 shirt at least through the spring.

Hugo Delhommelle come to Syracuse by way of Lander University, a Division II school in Greenwood, South Carolina. Delhommelle is a offensive midfielder who spent his youth years at Stade Rennais FC in Ligue 1 in his native Rennes, France.

Primarily playing centrally for the Bearcats, he was able to garner All-Peach Belt Conference honors as both a freshman and sophomore and was a Division II All-American this season. His 2016 campaign consisted of a team high eight assists on the season. He found the back of the net seven times. Combining that with his six assists and six goals from his freshman year and he’s put together a solid resume for himself.

He should be able to help fill the shoes of outgoing senior and Toronto FC signing, Sergio Camargo and Philadelphia Union draft pick Chris Nanco. The classic number ten position could be a home for him, pending the formation Coach McIntyre goes with. Also fitting as he’ll be donning the #10 kit. I’ll elaborate in a separate piece, but losing your two starting wingbacks, three out of four of your potential starting forwards and your best centerback can put a hit on the 3-5-2. Hugo won’t be a target striker , but advanced midfield or off-striker could suit him well.

Both should be set to go an looking to contribute on a team that’s looking to reload from the aforementioned graduations and draft picks. The team will definitely have a different look and feel to it than it has in years past, which we should be able to see a little more clearly, as the targets for National Signing Day come in and the roster is finalized.