SPARTANBURG, S.C. –– USC Upstate men's soccer head coach Scott Halkett has announced the signing of 8 players who will be joining the Spartans for the 2019 season.
The 8 signees are Hayden Anderson, Michael Chappelear, Pascal Corvino, Lukas O'Grady, Roberto Umaña, Luca Bulfon, Nico Tallarico and Treye Butler. The class consists of three signees from the state of South Carolina, two from Italy, one from Canada, one from New Zealand and one from Rhode Island.
Anderson is making his way to USC Upstate from Woodmont High School in Simpsonville, S.C. The Palmetto State native scored 10 goals and 10 assists in 26 games last season for Woodmont. Anderson also plays for CESA Greenville and scored one goal and two assists in nine games last season.
O'Grady comes to USC Upstate via Hilton Head, S.C. O'Grady has played five years of varsity soccer for Hilton Head Christian Academy. Over that time span, O'Grady helped guide his team to back-to-back SCISA 2A State Championships. O'Grady was also named to the All-Region and All-State teams in 2017 and 2018. The Palmetto State native has played club soccer for Storm/Tormenta FC over the last six years. In 2017 the squad won the Georgia State Cup and made it to the quarterfinals of the Southeast Regional Tournament.
Umaña is originally from West Warwick RI, and currently lives in Spartanburg, S.C. The Palmetto State native has played his prep career at James F. Byrnes High School. Umaña in previous years played for Carolina football club and currently plays for the Carolina Rapids DA U19 and CESA ECNL U17. During his time with CESA ECNL Umaña scored eight goals in 26 starts.
Corvino hails from Saludecio, Italy and has played for three different football clubs in his time in Italy. During the 2015-2016 club season, Corvino appeared in 30 games for the Rimini Football club. Corvino scored seven goals and assisted on nine other scoring opportunities. The following season Corvino appeared in 32 games for Santarcangelo Calcio, scored four goals and assisted on seven others. Last season Corvino compiled three assists in 15 appearances for Romagna Centro. Corvino is currently playing for Santarcangelo Calcio.
Chappelear is a four year starter for May River High School in Bluffton, S.C. Last season Chappelear was named the Low Country Player of the Year and currently has over 50 goals in his high school career. The Palmetto State native started every game for the Region III team and scored nine goals during the season. Chappelear also played with the Atlanta United academy and led the country in assists for a while. Chappelear currently plays for CFC and leads the league in goals.
Bulfon "Bulfy" is from Rivignano Teor, Italy. Bulfon played club soccer for Udinese Calcio, Manzanese Calcion. He is the son of Claudio Bulfon and Lara Morello and will beginning his freshmen year at USC Upstate Fall 2019 majoring in Business Administration.
Originally from Ontario, Canada, Tallarico graduated from IMG Academy in Bradenton Florida in 2018. He played in four different clubs before coming to Upstate. His parents are Armando and Deanna Tallarico. He enjoys running, golf, and tennis. Tallarico will begin his freshmen year at Upstate Fall 2019 and he is majoring in business.
Hails from Christchurch, New Zealand where he graduated from St. Thomas' Of Canterbury College in 2018. During his 2018 season, Bulter had 23 goals and 21 assists. While in high school, Butler earned numerous achievements including 2016 – 2018 golden boot award, MVP award, and 4th in New Zealand national premiership tournament. Butler also played for Coastal Spirit Club team. Will begin his freshmen year at Upstate Fall 2019 majoring in Business and Economics.
The USC Upstate men's soccer season will begin in August of 2019.
Follow USC Upstate men's soccer on Facebook (UpstateAthletics), Twitter (@UpstateMSoccer), Instagram (@upstatespartans), YouTube (USCUpstateAthletics) and text/e-mail alerts (www.upstatespartans.com/list-signup).