Bennett Announces Three Additions to 2016 Signing Class
July 7, 2016
MILWAUKEE -- Marquette University head coach Louis Bennett has announced the additions of midfielder Cade Dombrowski (Hales Corners, Wis.), forward Diego Núñez (Alcala de Henares, Spain) and defender Michael Gallo (Winnetka, Ill.) to the men's soccer program. All three begin their Golden Eagle careers in the fall. Dombrowski and Gallo will have four years of eligibility, while Núñez has three years remaining.
Dombrowski comes from a pedigree of successful soccer players in the Milwaukee area, as he is the sixth to play collegiately, but the first to carve his own path in a Marquette uniform. Five of his older brothers previously competed at UW-Milwaukee. The seventh-youngest of eight in his family, Dombrowski plans to major in mathematics beginning in the fall.
The midfielder was a scholar-athlete at Whitnall High School and recently led the Falcons to their best record in school history at 20-3 during his senior season in 2016. He recorded 17 goals and 31 assists as he led his squad to a sectional runner-up finish.
"Cade is a strong, determined, hard working and versatile player that we'll look to develop in the centerback and midfield positions," Bennett said. "He comes from a family of high-performing college and pro soccer players well-known in the Milwaukee area. The key for Cade will be how quickly he gets acclimated to the college speed and intensity of play, plus - like all freshmen - college life in general."
Núñez, who plans to study business administration, hails from Alcala de Henares, a city outside of Madrid, Spain where he developed an impressive scoring prowess for his club team, RSD Alcala. As a member of the U19 program, the striker totaled 25 goals and 25 assists in 58 games. At the end of the 2015-16 season, he was added as the youngest player to the senior roster and provided a goal in a handful of starts.
"Diego is a quick, tricky, intuitive attacker that plays both sides of the ball," Bennett said. "He has gained good experience playing his soccer in the competitive third and fifth divisions of Spain where he has made and scored goals, something I believe he can do for us at Marquette."
Gallo joins fellow newcomer and former Chicago Magic PSG teammate Luka Prpa at Marquette. Together, they led their club team to a 2015 U.S. Youth Soccer national championship and Gallo scored the final goal in the team's 4-1 title-clinching win.
The Winnetka, Illinois native was a multi-sport star at New Trier High School, competing as a standout in soccer and baseball. As a freshman, he tied the school record with 23 goals to go along with 14 assists before evolving into an elite defender, which will continue to be his role at MU.
"Mike adds depth to our outside back position," Bennett said. "He's a Chicago-based player that has been playing and involved in the U.S. Soccer Development program with Chicago Magic. He also knows Marquette well."
The additions of Dombrowski, Núñez and Gallo complete a 13-member incoming class for Bennett, his largest group of newcomers in his 11-year tenure at Marquette. The Golden Eagles begin the season with their annual Blue & Gold scrimmage on Thursday, Aug. 11.
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