July 29, 2014
EAST LANSING, Michigan - Michigan State men’s soccer head coach Damon Rensing announced the addition of transfers Zach Carroll and Brian Alumbaugh to the 2014 roster. Carroll, a University of Virginia transfer, and Alumbaugh, a transfer from Long Island University-Brooklyn, will each be eligible for the 2014 season and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Carroll, a Grand Blanc, Michigan native, played in 24 games at Virginia in his two seasons, starting 22 of them at center back. As a sophomore, he missed all but eight games with a hamstring injury, but returned to help lead the Cavaliers to the NCAA College Cup semifinals and a final national ranking of No. 3. He assisted on the game-winning goal in Virginia's 2-1 victory over Connecticut in the quarterfinals. In his freshman season, Carroll started all 16 games he played, finishing second on the team in points (10), goals (4) and game-winning goals (2). He missed five games with an ankle injury.
“We are really excited to add Zach to the team this year,” said Rensing. “Zach is a proven player and winner with both the U-17 national team and at the collegiate level. His experienced combined with his ability, will have an immediate impact on our 2014 team. It is my belief that Zach will not only impact the MSU team, but the center back position in the Big Ten Conference as well.”
Carroll had a decorated high school career at Grand Blanc High School. He won every major award his senior year including being named the 2011 NSCAA National Boys High School Player of the Year, a NSCAA All-American, Michigan's Mr. Soccer and Michigan’s Gatorade Player of the Year. He was rated as high as No. 7 nationally on the ESPNHS150 and No. 17 by TopDrawerSoccer.com. Carroll was also a two-time all-state Dream Team selection, a two-time Flint Journal Player of the Year and a three-year captain, leading Grand Blanc to two state semifinal appearances and three district titles.
A large defender at 6-3, Carroll also competed at the national level, playing on the 2011 United States U-17 Men's National Team. He was the starting center back at the 2011 U-17 World Cup in Mexico and won a gold medal at the 2011 U-17 CONCACAF Tournament in Jamaica. Carroll also was a member of the United States U-17 MNT Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida in 2010 and 2011 and the Vardar SC Freiberg U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy team from 2009-12.
Carroll also lettered in football as a junior and senior, acting as the team’s placekicker.
Alumbaugh, originally from Northville, Michigan, competed in 34 games at LIU-Brooklyn, including 24 starts. The 5-11 midfielder scored one goal during the 2013 season against Howard. Alumbaugh contributed significant minutes in both seasons with the Blackbirds, starting every game of his sophomore year and totaling over 2,000 minutes of play combined. In his freshman year, he contributed the lead assist in a 1-0 victory over Mount St. Mary’s.
“It is great to add Brian to the soccer family as well,” Rensing said. “Brian has a very good left foot, reads the game very well and is really technical. He has considerable Division I playing experience as well. We look to have him compete for minutes from day one.”
During his time at Northville High School, he competed with Spartan senior Fatai Alashe and incoming freshman Jimmy Fiscus. A three-year letterwinner in the program, Alumbaugh was a team captain his senior year in 2011, earning all-area, all-conference, all-region and all-state honors.
Alumbaugh spent the 2014 off-season training with USL Pro Team, the Harrisburg City Islanders. He participated in the US Developmental Academy U-15/16 and played for FA Euro in the summer of 2013 in the Premier Development League. Alumbaugh was also a member of the 2007 and 2008 Olympic Development Program State Team.
Carroll and Alumbaugh will join the incoming recruiting class that was ranked top-20 by TopDrawerSoccer.com, in addition to fellow transfer Jason Stacy, who sat out last season after transferring from Michigan.
“It’s great to see our 2014 class ranked in the top 20,” said Rensing. “Our associate head coach Kylie Stannard has been a big part of these top classes over the years. Certainly these classes have brought some success on the field and our success on the field has led to these top classes as well.”