BREMERTON, WA— (club release) Kitsap Soccer Club announced the signings of forward Habib Barry, center back Charlie Wilcox and left wing/forward Ryan Hill for the 2017 National Premier Soccer League season.
All three are regional products, with Barry and Wilcox both currently high school students. Barry attends Tyee High School in SeaTac, while Wilcox attends Tahoma in Covington. Hill graduated from Mercer Island High School in 2014 and currently attends Cornell after transferring from Haverford College.
Barry was called up to the USA Under-19 squad in 2016 and has scored 29 goals in nine games for Tyee High School this season, according to MaxPreps.com.
“Habib is a strong, technical player with good control and patience on the ball,” said Kitsap SC head coach Roy Lassiter. “He comes to us from the Seattle Sounders academy program and is now a member of Brad Friedel’s U19 U.S. national team. He can play forward as well as anywhere across the midfield. We look forward to helping Habib reach his potential and move on to higher levels in the game.”
Wilcox helped lead Tahoma to the WIAA Class 4A championship game last year, before falling to Wenatchee in the title game.
“Charlie will be one of the youngest players on the team, and we welcome him to Kitsap SC,” Lassiter said. “He’s an intelligent defender with good skill and technical ability. He reads the game very well and will bring depth to our defensive unit.”
Hill, a graduate of Mercer Island High School, led Washington’s Class 3A in scoring as a junior (22 goals) and a senior (21 goals) and was named first-team all-state his senior year.
Over two seasons at Haverford, he tallied five goals in 43 games.
“Ryan scored a lot of goals in his high school career, and he just completed a transfer from Haverford, a very good Division III school, to Cornell, where he’ll have the opportunity to keep progressing as a player,” said Kitsap SC associate head coach Liviu Bird. “He’s also a local player from Mercer Island and former Seattle Sounders academy player, so we’re happy to give him a place close to home where he can continue to train this summer.”
The regular-season opener against Spokane Shadow is scheduled for May 20 at Gordon Field at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds in Bremerton. Kitsap SC also has upcoming friendlies against Harbor SC (May 13) and South Sound FC (May 17).