Men's Soccer Signs Four Locals To Letters Of Intent
Feb. 20, 2009
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook head men's soccer coach Cesar Markovic has announced the signings of Cristian Quevedo (Smithtown, N.Y.), Leonardo Fernandes (North Babylon, N.Y.), Raphael Abreu (Manhattan, N.Y.) and Antonio Crespi (North Babylon, N.Y.) to National Letters of Intent, it was announced on Friday. All four student-athletes will join the Seawolves for the 2009 season.
"We feel we've signed the four best players in New York state," Markovic said. "I'm thrilled to have these quality student-athletes join our family."
An all-county and all-conference selection from nearby Smithtown West High School, Quevedo is also a member of the Long Island and New York State ODP team. In 2008, Quevedo was chosen to the U.S. U-18 Men's National Team Pool and as a junior, he was chosen all-state. "Cristian is a truly special player," Markovic said. "He has tremendous field awareness and a strong will to win."
A high school teammate of Crespi and former club teammate of Abreu, Fernandes earned first team all-State and all-region honors as a senior. Also one of Long Island's leading scorers, Fernandes earned an all-conference and all-county nods as well. As a member of the U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy, he was chosen as a U-15/16 Northeast Best XI at the midfield position. "Leonardo is an extremely skilled left-footed player with great ability to break down defenders one-on-one," Markovic said.
A two-time captain and team MVP as a junior at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in the City, Abreu scored 54 goals and added 30 assists in his four years. While playing his club soccer for B.W. Gottschee, Abreu scored two goals at the U.S. Soccer Development Winter Showcase, one of the sport's elite events. Abreu currently plays for the Brooklyn Knights' Super-Y league team. "Raphael is incredibly strong with tremendous size. His being a pure goal scorer will be key to our team," Markovic said.
Crespi is an all-league and all-conference player at North Babylon High School, where he was one of Long Island's leaders in points (29), goals (19) and assists (10). A two time all-league selection in basketball, Crespi was chosen to the Suffolk County Exception Senior Team last fall. "Antonio is a superior athlete who has tremendous speed and is most dangerous in the attacking third," Markovic said.