RAMS WELCOME FOUR NEWCOMERS FOR SPRING SEASON

RICHMOND, Va. – Coming off its second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament and third straight in the NSCAA Top-25, the VCU men's soccer program will be joined by four new faces during its spring season.

Nathan Abraham (Arlington, Va./Yorktown), Imad Mojaddidi (Fairfax Station, Va./South County), Brandon Eaton (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River (Virginia Tech)) and Kai Marshall (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle (Virginia Tech)) have all joined the Black & Gold for the spring semester.

"There is usually a considerable adjustment period that new players go through when they join us, both from high school as well as transfers.  With that in mind, it is usually very helpful for them to get here in January if possible," Head Coach Dave Giffard said. "We're excited to get to work with these four guys over the next few months and think that all four have bright futures here at VCU."

The quartet of student-athletes will look to continue to help build upon VCU's recent success under Giffard and his staff, which includes four straight winning seasons for only the third time in the 36 years of the program, the second highest ranking in school history (8th this past fall), 23 all-conference players and eight players who have signed pro contracts.

2014 SPRING NEWCOMERS:

Nathan Abraham – D – Arlington, Va. (Yorktown)
  • Arlington FC
  • McLean FC
  • D.C. United Pre-Academy (14s, 15s)
  • D.C. United Academy (16s, 18s)
  • Two years on Yorktown HS varsity
  • District ODP team
  • State ODP team
  • Regional ODP team
Coach Giffard on Abraham: "Nathan is a throwback defender in the mold of a Brad Seymour. He is more athletic than he appears at a glance, is extremely competitive and is tough to beat. The potential is there for him to have a very good career at VCU."

Brandon Eaton – MF – Chesapeake, Va./Indian River (Virginia Tech)
  • Played in 17 games this past year at Virginia Tech, earning the start in seven of them
  • Had two assists, including assisting on the game-winner in Virginia Tech's 2-1 overtime win over #17 Syracuse
  • Three-time All-District selection
  • Beach FC
  • State Cup Semifinals in 2008
  • State Cup Finals in 2009
  • Virginia ODP state team and Region I Pool since 2009
Coach Giffard on Eaton: "Brandon is from Indian River high school which is the same school that Devon and Ritchie went to. He is an interesting player who has a lot of different tools, but I'm not sure yet what his best role will be for us.  I think Brandon has the potential to have a strong impact during his career here with us."

Kai Marshall – MF – Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle (Virginia Tech)
  • Played in 25 games the past two years at VT, making 14 starts
  • Finished his two seasons at VT with five goals, three assists and 18 points
  • Second on team in goals and points for both seasons
  • Named ACC Player of the Week this past season after scoring the game-winner in Virginia Tech's 2-1 overtime win over #17 Syracuse
  • Three-year varsity letterwinner at Albemarle
  • Led team to 2012 AAA State Championship
  • Played for SOCA Lightining for 11 years
Coach Giffard on Marshall: "Kai is a talented attacking player that we recruited two years ago out of high school. I think he has a ton of potential as a player and I've been impressed so far by the strides he has made in just the first few sessions."

Imad Mojaddidi - MF – Fairfax Station, Va./South County
  • Played with U-18 Bethesda-Onley in Fall 2013
  • Spent 3 years with D.C. United Academy from 2010 to 2013
  • U-14 US National Pool
  • 1996 Region 1 ODP team
  • Played on 1996 Virginia State ODP team from 2008 to 2010
Coach Giffard on Mojaddidi: "When we look for players that fit VCU, good feet, brains and competitiveness are at the top of the qualities we value. Imad scores high in all those areas, if there is a knock on him, it's his size, but for me and the way we play, it's not something that concerns me at all. I think Imad will fit in well in our midfield and could do very well."
 
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