Oregon State has signed eight players to the men's soccer program, head coach coach Steve Simmons announced Friday.
Shaft Brewer, Joel Walker, Keegan Ness, Joe Hafferty, Pablo Gatinois and Mitch Hammer all committed to join the Oregon State team as freshmen, while Matthias Binder has joined the team as a transfer, and freshman Gage Rogers has already enrolled in Oregon State for winter quarter.
“To be certain, we were particular in choosing the talent that fits our culture and positional needs in this signing class,” Simmons said. “The 2017 class will compliment a mature and motivated group of returners, while helping raise the level that will be necessary to achieve our goals.”
Brewer has seen time with the U.S. under-18 national team, helping the team win the Vaclav Jezek International Tournament in the Czech Republic. He scored against Slovakia in his international debut. Brewer was the top scorer in 2015 for the Sacramento Republic U-16 Academy, and is a part of the FC Dallas Residency.
Walker has earned first-team all-conference honors in his time at Vista Ridge High. He was named Pikes Peak Athletic Conference player of the year last season, and earned first-team all-Colorado recognition. Walker is a six-time Colorado Rush National Team selection, and holds his high school record for goals (42) and assists (31).
Ness is a team MVP at Roseville High School, and was named first-team all-Capital Valley Conference in 2015. Hafferty is a five-year starter at the Seattle Sounders Academy. He previously played for Pac-Northwest, and has been a Region IV ODP and National Pool player.
Gatinois has played goalkeeper in the youth academies of three La Liga clubs, Real Madrid, Rayo Vallecano and Getafe. He was the starting goalkeeper for three championships while in Real Madrid’s system, and has helped Getafe finish in the top three in each of the last three seasons.
Hammer is a starter for Shattuck St. Mary U-18 Academy and Residency, where he has tallied seven goals and six assists this season. He was a Top Drawer Soccer 2016 U-18 Best XI selection, and a Top Drawer 2016 Showcase player to watch.
Binder was a two-year starter at Milwaukee, where he scored two goals and tallied four assists in 35 appearances in the midfield. He was named to the PDL team of the week in 2016, and was a finalist at the 2015 Futsal Nationals.
Rogers spent 2014-16 with the Real Salt Lake Residency program. He was selected to the 2014 ODP Boys Inter-regional all-star team, and made the Arizona All-State Team during his time at Vista Grande High School.