SNHU Men's Soccer - Penmen In The Pros

Jordan Branco (2010-2012) – During his time at SNHU Jordan was named a Capital One 2nd Team All-American (2011/2012), Northeast 10 2nd and 3rd team All-Conference member (2012/2011), as well as a NSCAA Third Team All-Region selection. He finished his career with 17 goals and 18 assists in 59 games for a total of 52 points. In his final season he led the Penmen in assists with 9 as the team made it to the East Region final.

Professional Playing Experience

  • Tindastoll FC (Icelandic 1st Division 2013)
    • Appeared in 12 games, tallied 3 goals and 2 assists

Preston Burpo (1992-1995) – Preston, in 60 career SNHU appearances, recorded 1.03 goals-against average and posted 17 shutouts, tied for eighth in program history.  He earned NSCAA Second Team All-Region honors as a sophomore, and the team was 64-12-5 over his four years. He was the first Penman to earn All-Region honors in 1992. He is currently on staff with DC United of Major League Soccer.

Professional Playing Experience

  • Seattle Sounders (USL First Division 1997-2006)
    • Made 143 appearances with 38 shutouts, 631 saves, and a GAA of 1.19.
    • Sounders' leader in several all-time goalkeeper statistics including games played (143), saves (631) and minutes (12,846)
  • Chivas USA (Major League Soccer 2006-2007)
    • Made 22 appearances recording 6 shutouts, and a GAA of 1.11.
  • Colorado Rapids (Major League Soccer 2008-2009)
    • Made 24 appearances recording 4 shutouts, and a GAA of 1.65.
  • New England Revolution (Major League Soccer 2010)
    • Made 11 appearances recording 2 shutouts.

Altimont “Freddie” Butler (1992-1993) – Freddie was a two-year member of the men's soccer team (1992-93)...as the team's leading scorer in 1992 and 1993, he led the program to a 35-5-3 record and one NCAA Tournament appearance. He was a two-time first-team National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-America selection, scored 25 goals, and established the school-record for most points in a season (62) as a senior in 1993. Freddie scored 44 goals in 42 career games and ranks seventh in career points (106) among SNHU's all-time leaders.

 Professional Playing Experience

  • Jamaican National Team (1985-1998)
    • Recorded 69 CAPS for the National Team and scored 12 goals over the 13 year period
  • Torrense (Portuguese Second Division 1994-1995)          
  • Stade Brest (French CFA 1995-1996)
  • San Jose Clash (Major League Soccer 1996)
    • Appeared in 14 games for the Clash scoring 2 goals
  • Columbus Crew (Major League Soccer 1997)
    • Appeared in 1 game scoring 1 goal before he left the team to concentrate on World Cup qualifications

Brian Grisell (2014) – Although Brian only played one season with the Penmen he had a successful year scoring 5 goals and adding another 7 assists in just 17 games.  Brian was a key contributor in the Penmen’s NE-10 championship run.  In his only season at SNHU Brian won a Northeast 10 regular season and postseason title.

Professional Playing Experience

  • Rhode Island Oceaneers (ASL 2015)
    • Signed with the team in April 2015

Jayme Kapinos (2008-2011) – Jayme was a regular face in the backline of SNHU, finishing with 86 career caps for the Penmen.  He finished his career with 1 goal and 11 assists, helping the Penmen to a record of 59 wins, 14 losses and 13 ties.  Jayme was a key contributor helping the Penmen win a Northeast10 conference championship, and reach the NCAA playoffs every year. 

Professional Playing Experience

  • Detroit Waza Flo (PASL 2013-2014)
    • Appeared in 3 games scoring two goals and adding 1 assist
  • Rochester Lancers ( MASL 2014- 2015)
    • Finished the season with 5 points and 16 blocks

Joey Kapinos (2008-2011) – During his time at SNHU Joey was a GK for the Penmen who made 31 appearances, had 12 career shutouts, and recorded a .40 GAA, which is a record low for any SNHU goalkeeper in the program’s history. Joey garnered NSCAA 2nd team All-Region honors in 2010, and was selected to compete in the NEISL All-Star Game in 2011.

Professional Playing Experience

  • Detroit Waza Flo (PASL 2012-present)
    • Has compiled a record of 23-5, made 419 saves, with an average save percentage of 71%.
  • Team USA (WMF World Cup 2014)
    • Defeated Mexico 5-3 in the championship game 
  • Rochester Lancers (MASL 2014- Present)
    • Finished his first season with a record of 6-5 making 227 saves

 

Gabe Mercier (2005-2008) – During his time at SNHU Gabe played in 54 games where he scored 5 goals and 5 assists for 15 points including 2 game-winning goals from his holding midfield role. He garnered 2nd Team All Northeast 10 honors as a senior in 2008.

Professional Playing Experience

  • Western Mass Pioneers (USL 2nd Division 2009)
    • Made 5 appearances for the Pioneers in 2009
  • Louisville Lightning ( PASL 2009)
  • New England Revolution Trialist (Major League Soccer 2012)
    • Was invited for a month long trial with the 1st team

Pierre Omanga (2013) – Pierre had an extremely impactful season with the Penmen. During his 1 year at SNHU Pierre scored 21 goals with 3 assists for a total of 45 points. He helped guide the Penmen to the program’s 2nd ever National Championship where he scored the game winning goal. Pierre was named the NSCAA Division II National Player of the Year; other accolades included the Most Outstanding Offensive player in the NCAA tournament and the Northeast 10 tournament, a NSCAA and Daktronics First-team All-American, and the Northeast10 Player of the Year. Pierre’s strong play and great goal scoring record caused teams from Major League Soccer to take notice. He was ultimately drafted by the New England Revolution in the 3rd round of the MLS Super draft.

Professional Playing Experience

  • New England Revolution (Major League Soccer 2013)
    • Drafted by New England in the 3rd round of the MLS Superdraft (50th overall)
  • Rochester Rhinos (USL Pro 2014)
  • FC Jazz (Finnish 1st Division 2015)
    • Signed a contract in May of 2015

 

Ruben Resendes (2009-2012) – Rueben finished his SNHU career as the program’s all-time leader in games played. He was an NSCAA Second Team All-American selection (2012), NSCAA First and second Team All-Region selection (2012,2009), Daktronics All-America Honorable Mention (2012), Daktronics First Team All-Region (2011), Northeast 10 First Team All-Conference (2011/2012), as well as the Northeast 10 Freshmen of the Year in 2009.

Professional Playing Experience

  • Tindastoll FC (Icelandic 1st Division 2013)
    • Started 11 of 12 appearances and tallied 3 assists

Jose “Sito” Seoane (2014) – Seoane spent just one season with the Penmen in which he tallied 10 goals and 3 assists in just 10 games.  He then had his season end early after suffering a knee injury.  When Seoane was in the lineup he was one of the most dangerous players the Penmen have ever had averaging a goal a game.

Professional Playing Experience

  • IBV (Icelandic Premier League 2015)
    • Tallied 6 goals in 11 games

Sofiane Tergou (2014-2015) - Sofiane spent two seasons with the Penmen, amassing 13 goals and 21 assists for 47 points. He was named the 2015 Northeast-10 Player of the Year and an NE-10 First Team selection, in addition to garnering selections to the NSCAA All-America and All-East Region First Team, CCA All-America Third Team and CCA All-East Region First Team.

Professional Playing Experience

  • Baltimore Blast (Major Arena Soccer League)
    • Signed in January 2016

 

Chris Tsonis (2009-2012) - Chris finished his SNHU career 9th all-time in goals scored with 40, 5th in career games played with 83. During his career he scored 40 goals with 9 assists for 89 points. He was a Daktronics 2nd team All-American (2012), Daktronics East Region Co-Player of the Year(2012), NSCAA First-team All-Region (2011/2012), and a two  time Northeast 10 First team All-Conference (2011/2012) over his 4 years at Southern New Hampshire.

Professional Playing Experience

  • Tindastoll FC (Icelandic 1st Division 2013)
    • Appeared in 23 games scoring 9 goals 
  • Fjolnir (Icelandic Premier League 2014)
    • Appeared in 21 games scoring 5 goals
  • NY Red Bulls II (USL Pro 2015 - Present)
    • Played in 26 matches starting 16 of them
    • Scored 5 goals and added 3 assists

Callum Williams (2013-2014) – The highly talented center back enjoyed a successful 2 years at SNHU, being named Daktronics first team all-American, Northeast10 Conference first team selection. Cal was also voted the Northeast Conference’s Defender (2013) and Player of the year (2014) in his only two seasons with the Penmen.  Cal finished his career with 4 goals, 4 assists, and 42 caps starting in every game that he appeared in.  Williams was also an impactful force when the penmen won the program’s second national championship in 2013.

Professional Playing Experience

  • KA Akureyri (Icelandic 1st Division 2015)
    • Signed with the team in April 2015
    • Named player of the year for KA in the 2015 season
    • Played and started in 21 of 22 games

This is by no means an exhaustive list of SNHU men's soccer players who have played professionally.  If someone is missing from the list, please contact the SNHU athletics communications office (g.lopes@snhu.edu) or the SNHU men's soccer office (j.taylor@snhu.edu).

Last updated 12/16/2015