Signings should help as Pilots aim to build something big


Measured in trophies, Year 2 of Portland Pilots men’s soccer under coach Nick Carlin-Voigt was second best.

But the Pilots might have been second to none with this year’s recruiting cycle.

Carlin-Voigt this week introduced a class of seven freshmen and two transfers. The Pilots could add a couple more players to the group, which was rated as No. 1 in the nation in January by Top Drawer Soccer.

Even if UCLA surpasses UP when Top Drawer’s final recruiting rankings are released, bringing in five players with United States youth national team experience makes this a hallmark crop for the Pilots.

Carlin-Voigt says he started this process the day he was hired in January 2016.

“I’ll tell you in four years how good the class was,” he says. “What it does show is that top players are deciding to come to the University of Portland who maybe weren’t considering this path before. We’re getting top players from really strong hotbeds in youth soccer.

“UP men’s soccer is becoming a destination again, which is exciting.”


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