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Men's Soccer - Fri, Jun. 23, 2017
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BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – Union College head men's soccer coach Jonathan Shaw announced the addition of four players for the upcoming 2017 season.

The Bulldogs welcome in four international players. The quartet will help bolster the team's midfield and wing positions.

"I am excited for all four of these players coming in," said Shaw. "They all fit the style of play we have at Union. If they come in fit and ready to work hard they will be providing us with a lot of options for the upcoming year."

The first signee is Caesar Hjertén from Ulricehamn, Sweden. Hjertén is a versatile player who can play anywhere in the midfield.

"He has a fantastic awareness and is very good with the ball," Shaw said. "His best position is out wide, but with how well-rounded of a player he is on and off the ball, he could play a few different positions."

Alex Hendrie comes to the Bulldogs from Rochester, England. A central midfielder, Hendrie plays a nice fast game and makes smart decisions on the ball, according to Shaw

"I'm excited to see what Alex can achieve over his four years here at Union," Shaw added. "He is a player that is willing to put in the work to be successful and that's what we look for."

The next two players are from Lisbon, Portugal, in Duarte Rebelo and Pedro Castro. Rebelo is a central midfielder and is good at helping creating plays for the offense.

"Rebelo is very good on the ball and is always looking to make things happen going forward," Shaw commented. "He is very creative, and I'll be looking for big contributions from him over the next few years."

A left winger, Castro fits the style of play that Union likes to play. He is good on the ball and always looking to be positive going forward.

"I am looking forward to seeing Pedro in preseason and the influence he is going to have on the team," the Bulldog coach added.

Union is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC). The Bulldogs advanced to the quarterfinal round of the 2016 NAIA National Championship Tournament, finishing with a 19-3-2 overall record and ranked No. 7.