Marquette Soccer Adds Midfielder Christian Albelo
May 16, 2017
MILWAUKEE – Marquette University men’s soccer head coach Louis Bennett has announced the signing of the highest-ranked recruit in program history with the addition of Christian Albelo. The American-born, German-raised midfielder will join the Golden Eagles this fall with four years of eligibility remaining.
Ranked as high as No. 17 by TopDrawerSoccer.com in 2016, Albelo has U.S. youth national team experience and even considered a professional playing career, but has instead opted to continue his development at Marquette University.
“Christian is a high-profile player that considered a professional career and fortunately, for us, he’s had a change in focus and decided to take the college pathway,” Bennett said. “He’s a player that’s going to be very flexible and versatile, which is going to be key for us. He should acclimate well to our style of play.”
Albelo was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, however, as part of a military family, had the unique opportunity of growing up and playing youth soccer in Germany where he played with highly-regarded Bundesliga academy clubs such as TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and FC Kaiserslautern. In 2016, he signed with Sporting KC’s USL club, Swope Park Rangers, on an amateur contract, but did not make an appearance.
“Adding a level of competitiveness is always a great thing and Christian has been in environments where everything is a competition, from training to the game field,” Bennett said. “Winning is very important to him and he’s been on many winning teams. Whenever you’re at a high-level situation, you get used to that atmosphere. It’s not just winning on game day, it’s winning consistently.
“It’s that kind of experience that is most beneficial for everyone when a guy like Christian is added to a program.”
Albelo was a member of the Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 U.S. National Team pools. He played alongside current Marquette midfielder, BIG EAST Freshman of the Year and future pairing in the midfield, Luka Prpa (Ranked No. 36 by TDS.com in 2016), as an Under-15 member and appeared in the Copa Mexico de Naciones in August 2013.
“His experience is going to help him considerably with not only the speed of collegiate soccer, but the way that we like to play,” Bennett said. “The amount of traveling he did in Germany, flying back-and-forth as also a member of the U.S. youth national team, he’ll be well-equipped to acclimate swiftly to the college game and the growing change that comes with it.”
GOMARQUETTE.COM THE OFFICIAL HOME OF MARQUETTE ATHLETICS