PORTSMOUTH – Men's soccer has announced its fourth signing in the Class of 2017. Joe Smith, a midfielder from England, becomes the fourth member of the incoming class and he will also become the fourth international player on the men's soccer roster for upcoming 2013 season. Two of those international players that return from this past season (Ben Pulsford and Joseph Webster) hail from England while Thomas Carbonari is originally from Brazil.
"We are thrilled to sign Joe. He had offers from a lot of schools and we are pleased he chose Shawnee State," said head coach Ron Goodson. "We look for Joe to be an immediate impact player for our program. He has good size and is a great player."
In addition to being a five-time captain and letterwinner for his team at St. James Catholic High School, Smith has played soccer in three different countries before coming to the United States. During those five years, he was a two-time Barnet Player of the Year and led his Barnet school team to the League title in 1999-00. Smith has also been recognized off the field as the High School Sports Person of the Year in 2003-04.
"Shawnee State made me feel wanted and despite offers from other programs my heart and head told me to come here. Coach Trapp as well as coach Goodson played a major part in that and I can't thank them enough. I can't wait to start playing soccer here at Shawnee state and hopefully help the team," explained Smith after signing his Letter of Intent.
He also played soccer throughout the Academy System in England throughout his teenage years, including a stint with Fulham FC from 2001-03. On his local team, Smith played with former academy players on theIFA team where he made over 200 appearances. He also played in France, Italy and Norway before deciding to enroll at Shawnee State. During his playing stint in Italy, Smith played in the Rimini Tournament and helped lead his team to the 2000 and 2002 Cups.
Smith becomes the fourth men's soccer player to sign for the upcoming season. Below is a list of the other three players that have signed their Letter of Intent to join the men's soccer team for the upcoming fall season: