BRISTOL, Tenn. – New King University men's soccer coach Talon Stroud has announced his first signing class. Stroud has signed 11 student-athletes that will strive to help the Tornado on the pitch this fall.
"I am very excited about this group of young men," Stroud said. "Not only are they talented but they are all men of character that will contribute greatly to the university and the soccer program. I look forward to the impact these men will make on and off the field."
Beek en Donk, Netherlands
Schoones will be joining the Tornado after playing in the youth academy at Sparta '25, who plays in the Amateur 3rd division of the Royal Dutch Football Association. He made his debut for the team when he was 17, and recently completed his undergraduate degree in the Netherlands at Tilburg University. While at King, Schoones will be completing his MBA.
Saavedra comes to King after playing for Universidad Cátolica where he was the team captain. He was a four-time player of the year honoree and voted best athlete of the school in 2009 and 2013. Saavedra then attended Universidad de Chile and played amateur soccer for a local club that went on to win the fall tournament in 2015. For helping his team to the title, was selected as best player of the tournament.
Mburu will be joining the Tornado after playing for Genesee Community College where he spent the last two years. Prior to playing at Genesee CC, Mburu played for Pulse Premier Academy in England. In 2014, Mburu appeared in 13 games, making eight starts for the Cougars. In that time he scored two goals and handed out two assists.
Anderson comes to King after competing in both soccer and track and field at Southeast Bulloch High School. He earned four letters in soccer and two in track and field. Beginning with his sophomore season, Anderson was the captain at Southeast Bulloch and was selected best defensive player and first team All-Region as a sophomore. As a junior he was voted team MVP and earned first team All-Region. He played his club soccer for United Soccer Academy-Mt. Pleasant, helping them to a South Carolina Challenge league championship in 2014. Anderson is an avid member of Young Life, and plans to major in athletic training.
Nabor will take to the pitch at King after playing at Etowah High School where he was a team captain. He also played club soccer for Cherokee Impact, helping them win Georgia's Classic 1 League title. Nabor was also a member of the Georgia '98 ODP team.
Johnson City, Tennessee
Houston joins the Tornado after playing soccer at University High School where he was a four year letter winner. He was selected all-district or all-conference each every year he was at University High School. Out of season, Houston played club soccer for FC Dallas Tri.
Arnold comes to King after playing for Sevier County High School where he was a four year letterman. He was twice a second team all-district honoree, and earned first team recognition as a junior and a senior. Arnold also played club soccer for the Sevierville Stars and the Blount United Hammers, helping the Hammers to a TSSAA u18 Division 2 championship.
Bholai will join the Tornado on the pitch after playing for Sickles High School where he was a four-year letter winner. He was the captain of the team during both his junior and senior seasons and led them in goals and assists his senior year. Also as a senior he was selected first team All-Western Conference. Out of season, Bholai played club soccer for FC Tampa and FSC Spirit of '97.
Killen comes to King after earning four letters at Sullivan South High School. He was selected all-conference and All-Region junior and senior year and was captain during his senior year. He also played club soccer for FC Dallas Tri.
Wheeler was a three sport athlete at Tennessee High School and played club soccer for FC Dallas Tri. He garnered first team all-conference accolades his senior year, and was selected second team all-conference as a junior. During his senior season, Wheeler also earned District 1-AAA Defensive Player of the Year honors and all-tournament team recognition.
Uniondale, New York
Perpignan played at Uniondale School, earning all-conference and all-county honors while playing there. He also played for the Albertson u17/18 Academy and spent the last two seasons at Monroe College. During that time he helped them win an NJCAA Division 1 region and district championships before they fell in the national championship game.