Two More Sign With Rebels
April 17, 2006
LAS VEGAS - Two more players have signed national letters of intent to play men's soccer for UNLV starting in the fall of 2006, first-year head coach Mario Sanchez announced on Monday, increasing his first recruiting class to a total of seven.
The first signee is Hakim Zermouni, a 5-11 midfielder from Paris, France, and a transfer from Iowa Central Community College where he led them to the regional championship in 2004. While at ICCC, he also was named both honorable mention all-region and academic all-region second team. Prior to coming to the U.S., he played for the Lycee Condorcet in Paris, and led them to a national championship in 2004. Zermouni also was a member of the FC Mantois '78 club team, and helped them to two championships. "Hakim is a very athletic attacking midfielder," noted Sanchez. "His international experience has turned him into a very good soccer player, and he will definitely be looked at to contribute greatly for us in the fall."
Marcos Balladares is a 5-10 forward and native of Wellington, Fla. Playing for Wellington High, he led the school to a NSCAA National ranking of No. 2 in 2006 while being named Sun Sentinel and Florida Dairy Farmers Player of the Year after scoring 31 goals and 13 assists during the season. Balladares also plays for the Wellington Soccer Club in the South Florida United Premier Division, helping them to top-four finishes in the state the past three seasons. "I expect Marcos to come in, and right off the bat score a lot of goals for us," said Sanchez. "He is an exciting, fast, attacking player that will make a big impact on our offense."
Zermouni and Balladares join five that signed with UNLV back in March: Roland Swanson, a 6-1 goalkeeper from Las Vegas; Luke Atwell, 6-2 defender from Las Vegas; Brandynn Elwart, 6-0 defender from Las Vegas, Peter Rodriguez, midfielder from San Jose, Calif., and Michael Fraser, 5-11 defender from Doncaster, England, and transfer from Cayuga Community College.