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Men's Soccer - Mon, Jul. 24, 2017
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BARBOURVILLE, Ky. – Union College head men's soccer coach Jonathan Shaw announced the addition of four international players for the upcoming 2017 season.

The quartet will help bolster the team in multiple positions.

The first signee is Cameron Graham Smith from Strathblane, Glasglow. A striker, Smith is coming in as a transfer.

"His best position is up top, but he can also play on the wing or as a left back," Shaw said. "He is going to provide us with a lot of options. He is very good on the ball and plays with a lot of confidence".

Jack Smith comes to the Bulldogs from Portadown, Northern Ireland. A central midfielder, Smith is a decent player on the ball, according to Shaw.

"He keeps things nice and simple, and he will benefit from it extremely in the competitive training environment, which will elevate his game to the next level," Shaw added. "His most natural position is defensive midfield, but I believe he will also add depth to the center back spot if needed."

The next player is from Cockfosters, North London, in Peter Michael. Michael will join the Bulldogs as a graduate player and will be seen mostly as the central defender but can also be used as a right back.

"I'm very excited to have Michael apart of our program," Shaw commented. "I look for Peter to bring in a wealth of experience as he has been around the game at a good level for a while now. He has a great attitude and work ethic."

Francisco Pina de Figueiredo Bita Bota is a right back, from Lisbon, Portugal.

"Francisco is an attack minded right back who likes to get up and down the wing," the Bulldog coach said. "Defensively, he is very sound and is going to provide us with good competition at the right back spot."

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.