Feb. 6, 2012
- Four footballers have signed their National Letter of Intent to play soccer for the University of Memphis men's soccer team. Quincy Thomas, Jordan Cuckler, Chris Gardea and Jack Goldberg will be suiting up for the U of M this coming fall.
Quincy Thomas played club soccer for both the Philadelphia Union MLS U-18 and PA Classics USSF Academy U-18 teams during the past year, serving as the team captain for the USSF Academy squad. The Mohnton, Pa., native also captained the PA Classics USSF U-16 team, which was a national-finalist in 2011 under the defender's leadership. Thomas' brother, Jordan, will be a senior for the University of New Hampshire this season.
Jordan Cuckler played at Jenks High School in Tulsa, Okla., where his team was a 6A High School Finalist in 2010. Cuckler's honors include All-State Conference Team in 2011 and All-State Honorable Mention in 2010. Playing club soccer for Tulsa SC, Cuckler was a part of five Oklahoma State Championships from 2006-2011, a USYSA National Third Place finish and a USYSA National League Championship in 2011. Cuckler's father, Jason, played soccer for Oral Roberts University.
Chris Gardea joins former Christian Brothers High School teammate, Paul Banks, at the U of M. As a midfielder, Gardea was an integral part of the 2009 CBHS state championship and 2010 state runner-up teams that were guided by Memphis Hall-of-Fame member Rogerio Lima. He was named all-state, all-metro, and The Memphis Commercial Appeal Best of Preps nominee in 2011. Gardea played club soccer for the Midsouth Futbol Club and FC Alliance, where he won premiere league and state championships.
Rounding out the Tigers' signees is Jack Goldberg, the 136th-ranked player on the ESPN Rise Top 150 List. Entering his senior year at Auburn High School in Auburn, Ala., Goldberg has already earned three-straight all-state honors as a freshman, sophomore and junior. He is the first soccer player in school history to have earned five letters. As with each of the committed players to Memphis, Goldberg is no stranger to championships, winning four state titles with the Tennessee Rush and three championships with GSA Phoenix 93.
"We're excited to add Quincy, Jordan, Chris and Jack to our team," said Richie Grant. "These lads come from across the region and country, and all are versatile in the positions they play. Coming off a good campaign, this group will add talent and depth to a mature team. We are not afraid to play our freshman and these lads certainly have a chance to make an impact on the pitch."