Another National Signing Day has come for all non-football sports. That means the Syracuse Orange got a flood of news on who signed with them for the 2021-2022 sports seasons, specifically here, the Syracuse men’s soccer team. With the current situation, the Orange technically don’t have to lose anyone heading into next season, so there will be a bit of an odd turnover for anyone in the league. This could allow for some development of these incoming freshmen, but if Coach McIntyre’s track record is any indication, some of these players will come in game-ready.
Aidan Arber - Players Development Academy - Defender
Arber, a fullback from Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, played his club soccer with the NYCFC squad, moving to PDA recently. He should slot into Coach Mac’s system as a fullback or wingback, depending on the day. While the centerbacks are both young, Sondre Norheim and Simon Triantfillou are both seniors on the year and depth at fullback will be important moving forward.
Oluwasuen Oyegunle - Sigma FC - Defender
The Brampton, Ontario native continues the trend of bringing talented Sigma FC players south of the border to Syracuse. The Toronto area pipeline has been strong lately, including fellow Sigma FC alumni Triantafillou, Hilli Goldhar and former forward Chris Nanco. Per Coach Mac, Olu was planning on enrolling this fall, but got pushed back because of COVID.
Francesco Pagano - Fayetteville-Manlius / Empire United - Forward
A local product, from Fayetteville-Manlius, and constant fixture around the Syracuse soccer scene since he broke onto it, will be donning the Orange in 2021. Cicci has been called into the US youth team setups and should be a solid addition to the attack for the squad. The forward returned to F-M after a stint with New England affiliate Empire United in Rochester, where he was teammates with current Syracuse midfielder Jeorgio Kocevski.
Ife Adenuga - Vaughan SC - Midfielder
Still continuing the Toronto pipeline and contributing to Canada’s College Team, Ife joins the squad as a midfielder after time at Vaughan SC and TFC’s Academy. Vaughan SC, as mentioned above with Sigma FC, is the other main source of Toronto talent, with Ryan Raposo, Kamal Miller, and Massimo Ferrin, among others, wearing the Orange.