Memphis Soccer Signs Two Local Standouts
May 31, 2000
Memphis, Tenn. - The University of Memphis soccer program received letters of intent from two local prep soccer stars this week. Clark Talley and Grant Paule, both seniors on the nationally ranked Houston High School soccer team, have committed to play soccer for the University of Memphis next season.
Talley is a 6'1" goalkeeper for the Mustangs who also plays for the Memphis Futbol Club. He is a three year letterman who has led his team to back-to-back national NSCAA number one rankings. With Talley in goal, the Mustangs won the Tennessee state championships in 1999, and are looking to repeat in 2000. Talley has played internationally in Germany, Poland, and Denmark, and has been a member of the state select team four times (1994, 1995, 1998, 1999). Talley was also a member of the Region III Pool for selection into the Junior National Team in 1998. Talley is expected to come to Memphis and compete for the starting goalkeeper spot left vacant by Brian Covey, who was recently drafted by the Tennessee Rythm Soccer Team in the A-League.
Paule is a 5'6" midfielder who has been on the Region III Team for the last two seasons. His international experience with the Region III Team includes matches in Spain, and he has played in Scotland, England, Germany, Poland , and Denmark with Memphis Futbol Club. Paule's high school honors include all-district tournament selection in 1998 and 1999, all-region in 1998 and 1999, Best of Preps finalist in 1998 and 1999, and state all-tournament team in 1999.
Both players come into a program that has lost six seniors off of last year's team but has maintained a core of talent and leadership going into the 2000 season, and both are expected to contribute immediately to the team.