Dunwell, Danna and Gonzalez Ink with Memphis Men's Soccer
March 6, 2013
MEMPHIS, Tenn.-Memphis men's soccer coach Richie Grant announced Wednesday that academy and prep standouts Scott Dunwell, Hunter Danna and Raul Gonzalez have each signed a National Letter of Intent to join the program for the 2013-14 season.
A product of Grand Rapids, Mich., Dunwell was a three-year letterwinner at Forest Hills Northern High School, before opting to play his senior season with the US Developmental Academy. While at Forest Hills Northern, he was named All-District three times and All-Conference twice and was a part of two conference championship teams and one district champion team.
In three seasons at the high school level, Dunwell tallied 34 goals and 27 assists. Dunwell has also seen time with club teams Vardar SC Freiburg U15/16 Academy and U15/U16 Alliance Academy.
"Scott, coming out the Vardar clubs, has tremendous amount of experience," Grant said. "He's a solid defender that I think will push the team in terms of training and will have a chance to compete and play pretty quickly."
Hailing from Mount Pleasant, S.C., Danna was a two-year letterwinner with Wando High School playing midfielder, forward and winger. Last season, Danna notched 11 goals and six assists as Wando High finished the season 24-3.
In his time with Wando High, Danna was named All-Region, named to the Palmetto Cup All-Tournament Team, and was a member of the 2011 State Championship squad. Danna has played with the Mount Pleasant Soccer Club (2005-09) and South Carolina United (2010-13).
"Hunter is a versatile player," Grant said. "I'm real excited about adding Hunter because we think he can play in a few positions. He's very comfortable on the ball and he's athletic. I think he is someone who can really push us in the midfield to strengthen our team and make us more competitive."
Gonzalez, an Ocean Springs, Miss. product, played football and soccer for Ocean Springs High School. Gonzalez was a part of a championship program with the Greyhounds playing at forward. He also played forward for the IMG Academy U-18 Boys and spent six years playing for the Gulf Coast United club team.
"Raul is going to be a very important piece for us up front," Grant said. "Whether he plays as a striker or as a wide forward, he definitely has the ability to impact the team right away. He can play on the left and on the right, and I think his time at IMG has prepared him very well for the collegiate level."
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