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NEW YORK — Head coach of the Columbia men’s soccer team Michael Casper officially introduced 11 new additions to the 2024 squad. The class consists of eight first-semester students and three second-semester students.

“I am very excited to welcome these eleven new players to our team this fall,” said Casper, who is entering his second season as head coach. “I would like to thank Tobias Ash, Kevin Valdovinos And Jason Orban for all their help in securing these talented players from around the world as part of our first recruiting class. I believe they have the attitude, talent, mentality and academic ability to be very successful at Columbia and represent our program, our university and our community in the right way. I look forward to working with each of them and can’t wait for the preseason to begin.”

Details on this season’s new class can be found below. Fans can view the full 2024 Columbia men’s soccer team roster by clicking this link.

Will Carnoy – Fri. – M/D – 6-0 – 165 – CC – New York, NY / Riverdale Country School / Manhattan Soccer Club

With experience in midfield and as a full-back, he comes to Columbia, a New York product Will Carnoy. He has spent the last 10 years developing with the Manhattan Soccer Club while also playing high school at Riverdale Country School. Carnoy was on the All-Ivy Prep First Team and was the league’s leading scorer as a senior with seven goals and six assists. His father, David, excelled in both soccer and track at Wesleyan, while his mother, Lisa, ran track at Columbia. Carnoy has been on charitable trips to Ghana and Morocco and is the director of operations for his school club, the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

Will Case – Fr. – M – 6-0 – 155 – CC – Yarrow Point, Washington / The Overlake School / Crossfire Premier

Will Case comes to the Lions as a midfielder from the Seattle suburb of Yarrow Point, Washington. He played for the Overlake School, where he earned honorable mention in the Emerald Sound All-Conference in 2021-22 and was named league MVP as a senior last season. En route to MVP honors, he scored 25 goals and led Overlake to the state championship. At the club level, Case developed for 10 years at Crossfire Premier. He is an AP Scholar and graduated with the highest overall GPA of any student-athlete at his school. His grandfather, Steve McFarland, was a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1967-72.

Peter Chang – Fr. – M – 5-10 – 150 – CC – Palos Verdes Estates, California / Palos Verdes / Slammers FC ECNL

A midfielder from a suburb of Los Angeles, Peter Chang will look to make an impact in the Lions’ midfield. Chang played three years of soccer at Palos Verdes High School, where he was twice selected to the Southern California Division 1 All-Area First Team. He was also voted team MVP his senior year. At the club level, Chang has experience with the Surf Select National Team, Laguna FC Academy, and Slammers FC ECNL. He has also coached internationally with U17 Bundesliga club Rot-Weiss Essen. He is a life member of the National Honor Society and the California Scholarship Federation. He was also recognized as a 2023 “Face of the Future” by South Bay Magazine for his athletic, academic, and philanthropic achievements.

Andres Garcia – Fr. – F – 6-0 – 170 – CC – Concord, Mass. / Concord Carlisle / IFA New England

A 6-foot-1 striker from New England, Andres Garcia brings a strong goal-scoring record to Columbia’s attack. After playing exclusively for club teams, Garcia spent two years with the New England Revolution Academy, five years with MLS Next’s FC Bolts and his final season with MLS Next’s IFA New England. He scored an incredible 33 goals and provided 17 assists in 27 games last season. Garcia also participated in and was invited to youth professional tryouts with Dinamo Zagreb and Allianza Lima. He holds citizenship of the United States, Peru and England and was born in London.

Andrew Hilton II – Fri. – D – 5-11 – 180 – SEAS – Ashburn, Va. / Riverside / Bethesda SC

A product of Riverside High School and Bethesda Soccer Club, Andrew Hilton II hopes to bolster Columbia’s defense. Hilton has experience primarily as a left back and developed for 10 years with Loudoun Soccer Club and another year at the Virginia Development Academy, both part of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. He then transferred to MLS Next’s Bethesda SC, where he spent the past four years (2021-24). His parents, Laurie and Andrew, were both active in collegiate sports. Hilton is a four-time Academic Letter recipient from Riverside (4.3 GPA or higher) and volunteers at his local middle school to help students who struggle with writing.

Jack McDaid – Sun. – M – 6-3 – 175 – CC – Havertown, Pa. / The Shipley School / FC Delco / Maryland

A transfer from the University of Maryland, Jack McDaid is a sophomore midfielder in the making. Last season at Maryland, he played in 10 games, starting twice, and totaling 277 minutes of playing time. In high school, he studied and played for Shipley School, where he was a two-time league champion and two-time state semifinalist. McDaid totaled 32 goals and 24 assists in high school competition and was named a high school All-American and All-State as a senior in 2022. At the club level, he played for Delco FC, where he was an MLS Next Cup U19 finalist and an MLS Next Cup U17 semifinalist. McDaid spent three months training at the professional level with Finn Harps in Ireland. His international tryouts include Velez CF in Spain, Watford FC (U18), Derry City and St. Pats.

Joe McDaid – Sun. – D – 6-3 – 185 – CC – Havertown, Pa. / The Shipley School / FC Delco / Maryland

He also moved from the University of Maryland Joe McDaidis a rising sophomore defender. Like his brother Jack, he played in 10 games for the Terps last season, starting twice for 295 total minutes of play. McDaid was also a part of Shipley School’s two league titles and two semifinal appearances. Although he doesn’t have many stats as a defender, McDaid was a 2022 high school All-American and was named MVP of the All-American Game East team. The All-State selection was named to the 2022 MLS Next Cup Best XI and has helped FC Delco reach the MLS Next Cup U19 final and an MLS Next Cup U17 semifinal. In addition, he was named to the Friends League first team in 2022 and earned Southeastern PA Honors. His international tryouts are very similar to his brother’s, training and trying out with Watford FC (U18), Finn Harps and Velez CF.

Alexander O’Brien – Fr. – GK – 6-2 – 165 – CC – Toronto, Canada / Crescent School / Toronto FC Academy

The only new goalkeeper in this year’s class, Alexander O’Brien hails from Toronto, north of the border. He has trained at the Toronto FC Academy for the past three seasons and has also been familiar with the Canadian national team. O’Brien has made five appearances for Canada’s U17s, twice against the USA and once each against Mexico, Guatemala and Brazil. He has been part of four training camps for the national team and participated in the U17 CONCACAF Championship in Guatemala and the U17 World Cup in Indonesia. He earned a 4.0 grade point average at Crescent School.

Luka Peric – Fr. – F – 6-3 – 195 – CC – Belgrade, Serbia / Western Reserve Academy / Black Rock FC

Luka Perić is a native of Belgrade, Serbia, who came to the United States on a full scholarship and most recently attended Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio. The 6’3″ forward was the WRA’s top scorer and won the 2023-24 Ohio Young Entrepreneur Pitch Challenge. He grew up in Serbia and has a wealth of experience playing for clubs such as Fk Brodarac (2017-19), Fk Bask (2019-21) and Fk Sindjelic (2021-22). He then played for FC FISA Elite (2022-23) in Florida and Black Rock FC in Ohio. Perić has maintained a 4.0 grade point average every year since arriving from Serbia.

Rafael Romo – Sun. – D – 6-1 – 185 – SEAS – Gilroy, California / Bellarmine College Prep / Santa Clara Sporting

Already an aspiring sophomore at Columbia, Rafael Romo completed a tryout in the spring and made the Columbia roster. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, California, city of Gilroy, Romo trained at De Anza Force (2016-23) and progressed through the club ranks before transferring to Santa Clara Sporting as a senior in 2023. He also competed for Bellarmine College Prep, helping his team win the CCS Division II championship multiple times as well as a NorCal championship. He is a National Questbridge Scholarship recipient. In addition to his soccer career, Romo was also on Bellarmine’s wrestling team for one year.

Lukas Zielinski – Fr. – M – 5-8 – 140 – CC – Weston, Conn. / YSC Academy / Barca Residency Academy

Lukas Zielinski is an up-and-coming midfielder from nearby Weston, Connecticut. He played for YSC Academy in high school and developed at several different clubs, including Beachside Soccer Club (2015-17), NYCFC Academy (2017-20), Philadelphia Union Academy (2020-23), and most recently Barca Residency Academy (2023-24). Last season, he scored 28 goals and provided 24 assists in all competitions with Barca U19. Over the course of his youth career, Zielinski was selected to four U.S. Youth National Team camps, was the 2021 MLS Next Cup U15 national runner-up, the 2022 MLS Next Cup U17 national champion, and also the 2023 Generation Adidas Cup U17 champion. Zielinski was ranked as high as 60th nationally in Top Drawer Soccer’s recruiting rankings. He played in USYNT U17 friendlies against both Argentina and Uruguay, recording an assist against Uruguay.