Cal soccer coach Mark Mallon announced today the signing of prep All-America midfielder Brian Purcell to a national letter-of-intent.
Purcell, who was rated by the USA Today as one of the top 22 recruits in the country, figures to have an immediate impact on the Cal soccer team which is coming off a 11-6-1 record last season and returns 20 lettermen, including eight starters off that team in '98.
Purcell comes to Cal from Barrington, Rhode Island, where he was regarded as one of the top prep players in the country. He is a current member of the United States Under-17 National team, starting for the Americans in a match against Brazil in Egypt this past fall. He also earned Parade magazine and NSCAA All-America honors.
Mallon believes that Purcell can help Cal continue to emerge as one of the national powers in the sport. "Brian has great speed combined with superior technical ability," said Mallon. "He has a chance to become an impact player for us early in his career and we're just thrilled to have him join our program."
Cal is expected to emerge as one of the top teams in the nation next year with the nucleus of the squad returning and the addition of several top preps and notable transfers.