Men's Soccer Inks Six For 2001

May 24, 2001

CORVALLIS, Ore. - - The Oregon State men's soccer program signed six freshman to national letters of intent for the 2001 season, it was announced by head coach Dana Taylor on Thursday.

Keon Khamsehpour (central midfielder/Pleasanton, Calif.), Greg Jarmer (defender/Los Alamos, NM), Chad Bartlome (striker/Chicago Park, Calif.), Dave Simpson (striker/Toronto, Ontario, Canada), Ignacio Cid (midfielder/Placentia, Calif.), and Kevin Atkinson (striker/Tacoma, Wash.) will report to OSU for fall camp Aug. 16.

Khamsehpour captained both his club and high school teams, and led his Ballistic SC club team to the Northern California State Cup in 2000 and a runner-up finish in 2001. Khamsehpour was named First Team All-Conference and team MVP for his play at Foothills High School in 2001. The honor roll student and national honor society member chose OSU over St. Mary's (California) and San Diego.

'Keon has shown a tremendous ability to play away from pressure and find opponents' weaknesses with accurate passing,' Taylor commented. 'His speed and quickness will add athleticism to our midfield, we can't wait for him to join our squad.'

Jarmer, a left-footer from Los Alamos High School in New Mexico is a two-time all-state performer with strength, speed and tenacity, according to Taylor. Jarmer's resume includes four years as a New Mexico Olympic Development Program starter and two as a Region IV defender in 2000 and 2001. Jarmer captained his Classic FC Red Star club team to three State Cup Championships while earning team MVP honors for his high school team twice. He was also named an Albuquerque Journal First Team All-Star.

'Every successful program needs to have a hard defender,' Taylor said of the high school honor roll student. 'We are fortunate to have a few and with the addition of Greg, we will be a very tough, physical team to go up against.'

Bartlome, a 6-2 left-footed striker, brings some added firepower and passing ability to the attack for the Beavers. Bartlome was a Northern California ODP selection and played on the River City Rush State Cup Championship team in 2000.

'Chad will raise some eyebrows with his cleverness on the ball and his clinical finishing,' Taylor said. 'He will be a danger for us on set pieces with his ability to win balls with his head and his knack for getting on the end of crosses. We will need him to come in and work hard to help bolster our attack and make us more dangerous in the backfield.'

Simpson was a member of the U-18 Canadian National Team as well as the Woodbridge Strikers club team. Simpson will bring scoring ability to the table for the Beavers, as he demonstrated during the Ian Rush Tournament in Wales, Great Britain with 15 goals in eight matches.

'Dave is an exciting player who adds a dynamic face to our attack with his breakaway pace and 36-inch vertical leap,' Taylor said. 'He has shown well and scored goals against some of the best youth players in the world, we are excited to get a player and person of Dave's quality.'

Simpson chose OSU over 2000 national champion Connecticut, James Madison and Duke.

Cid will add firepower to an already-talented OSU midfield. Cid, nicknamed `Nacho', was a four-year starter for El Dorado High School, where he led the squad in scoring the last three years. He also helped his JUSA club team to four tournament cups.

'Nacho has some truly special abilities with the ball,' Taylor commented. 'Many fans of the game who watch us play will be excited by his abilities on the ball. It will be the discipline and defending side of his game that will see tremendous development in his first full year.'

Atkinson, a 5-11, 180-pound striker, chose to bring his physical game to OSU's attack over California and New Mexico. Atkinson went up against top competition while playing for the elite FC United Club team and Green River Community College. The two-time captain and four-year letter winner at Sumner High School earned three team MVP awards and two league MVP honors.

'Kevin is one of the purest finishers I have seen over the past 10 years at this level,' Taylor said. 'He scores goals from all angles and can break defenders down one-versus-one. He has the ability to hold the ball and give the quick burst to get past opponents to score goals.'

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