UW Men's Soccer Announces 2006 NLI Signees

Feb. 15, 2006

SEATTLE - Six student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play for the Husky men's soccer program beginning in the fall of 2006, Washington head coach Dean Wurzberger announced Wednesday.

The 2006 signing class includes Raphael Cox (Tacoma, Wash.), Casey Cunningham (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Stephen Fung (Honolulu, HI), Taylor Hoss (Vancouver, Wash.), Adam Lang (Chilliwack, B.C.) and Daniel Phelps (Wahiawa, HI).

'We believe we have strengthened our team with the signing of these six players,' Wurzberger said. 'We would expect a number of these players to push for playing time right away next fall. This year's recruiting class especially adds great depth to our back line positions. We are excited about adding these talented players to an already strong returning team for 2006.'

Cox, one of two Washington players in this year's recruiting class, is a midfielder/forward from Stadium High School in Tacoma where he was the Narrows League MVP and an all-state selection in 2004. Cox played for both FC United and the Sumner Scorpions, leading FC United to a U-19 state championship. He also played with the Men's Amateur National Championship Hibernian Saints last summer.

'Raphael is an exciting left-sided attacking player who will add speed and skill to our team,' Wurzberger said. 'His quickness and trickery will help us get down the left wing more effectively and he crosses the ball extremely well.'

Cunningham, a defender, will come to Seattle from Scottsdale, Ariz. Cunningham was an all-region selection as a sophomore at Pinnacle High School, after earning all-region honorable mention honors as a freshman. He is also an 11-year member of the Sereno '88 White club team.

'Casey is a real talent at the central defender position,' Wurzberger said. 'He will learn his trade this fall from two of the best center backs in the Pac-10 (Ty Harden and Matt Fischer). He is a quality player with an attitude to match. He will go far in his career with us.'

Fung is a goalkeeper who hails from Honolulu, Hawaii and attends Iolani High School. Fung is an eight-year member of the Honolulu Bulls, helping his club team to five state championship titles from 2000-03 and 2005. He was also a Region IV ODP pool player in 2003.

'Stephen is a big and talented goalkeeper with a ton of potential,' Wurzberger said. 'We feel confident that with the coaching and training he will receive here, he will take his game to new heights.'

Hoss is the other Washingtonian in this year's signing class. A native of Vancouver, Wash., Hoss is a defender who attends Mountain View High School. He is a two-time first-team all-league selection, a 2004 league MVP and an all-state second-team honoree. Hoss has also played for FC United '87, helping lead his U-16 team to the Far West Region IV championship that went on to finish as runner-up at the USYSA National Championships. Hoss was a Region IV ODP player and attended the U-14 National Camp.

'Taylor is a player that has all the qualities to be a future leader on our team,' Wurzberger said. 'He is skilled, tough and has loads of character which will take him a long way in our program.'

Lang is a defender from Chilliwack, British Columbia and will graduate from Chilliwack High School this June. Lang, who plays for the U-18 Canadian National Team, is a three-year member of the Abbotsford Mariners, helping lead the club squad to the 2003 Provincial Championship and runner-up honors in 2004. He was also a member of the U-17 Canadian National Team.

'Adam is an outstanding wide defender/midfield player who has reached the youth National Team level in Canada,' Wurzberger said. 'He possesses great quickness and mobility which will serve him well playing on the wing for us. We expect Adam will make an immediate impact on our program.'

Phelps, who moved from Virginia to Wahiawa, HI after his sophomore year in high school, rounds out Washington's 2006 signing class. A standout forward/midfield player, Phelps led his Leilehua HS team to back-to-back state tournament appearances in 2004 and 2005 after a 24-year absence. He was an all-state and all-league selection as a junior and led his club team in Virginia to a state title in 2004 and his Hawaii Rush club team to a state championship runner-up finish in 2005.

'Daniel looks to be a versatile player with youth experience in central midfield,' Wurzberger said. 'His athleticism will help him to make the adjustment to the collegiate level of play.'

2006 UW Men's Soccer NLI Signee Bios
Raphael Cox, M/F, Tacoma, Wash. (Stadium HS)
Casey Cunningham, D, Scottsdale, Ariz. (Pinnacle HS)
Stephen Fung, GK, Honolulu, HI (Iolani HS)
Taylor Hoss, D, Vancouver, Wash. (Mountain View HS)
Adam Lang, D, Chilliwack, B.C. (Chilliwack HS)
Daniel Phelps, MF/F, Wahiawa, HI (Leilhua HS)

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