SEATTLE, WA — Seattle University has signed three freshmen and one transfer for its incoming class. James Burkholder, Declan McGlynn, and Hal Uderitz will make up the freshman class, while Burke Fahling joins the team for his junior season.
“We are very excited about the 2018 class,” said Coach Pete Fewing. “Each of these players are very talented and they come from very successful academy teams. All of them possess the characteristics we look for in players and they will be great representatives of Seattle University and the men’s soccer program.”
Burkholder, a Woodlinville High product, plays for Crossfire Academy and is currently in the top 10 in the nation in the USSDA, scoring 16 goals in 17 starts at forward this season. He helped Crossfire Premier to the final eight in the USSDA playoffs last year.
“James has developed each year we have watched him and that is a testament to his work ethic and desire on the field,” said Fewing. “James is a tough forward to play against, he closes defenders down and is constantly putting pressure on the back line. He also has the ability to hold balls up and get in behind and isn’t afraid to mix it up in the box. We are very excited to work with James and feel that he has the ability to have a fantastic career at Seattle U.”
McGlynn is a 5-7 high school senior from Kirkland, Wash. He played at Lake Washington High and currently plays for Crossfire Premier. In 2016-2017 he was named to the USSDA West Conference Best 11 at U-15/16. He also had the goal of the year in the USSDA last year. Declan is also in the top 10 in the nation in the USSDA scoring 13 goals for Crossfire Premier this season.
“Declan has been one of the top attacking players in the development academy over the last two years,” said Fewing. “He is a very skilled and ambitious attacker who can play any of the front four attacking positions. Declan is proven goal scorer and puts himself in great positions in and around the box. He is also lethal with his finishing in those spots. Declan has the ability to change the game in the attacking third in a lot of different ways and we are excited about having him at Seattle U and look forward to Declan making a big impact on the program.”
Uderitz is a native of Snohomish, Wash. The 6-2 senior played midfield at Snohomish High and stars along with Burkholder and McGlynn for Crossfire Academy. He helped Snohomish win the 2015 state title and he helped Crossfire Premier to the final eight in the USSDA playoffs last year.
“Hal has a great feel for the game,” said Fewing. “He connects the game well from his central midfield position and his ability to pass the ball short and long is something that really caught our eye. Hal will provide us a different dimension in the midfield. He is tough and great in the air both defensively and on set pieces. Hal is a fantastic addition to the program as he has all the attributes to have a great career at Seattle U.”
Fahling played the last two years at Memphis. He appeared in 33 matches, making 26 starts. Fahling recorded two goals and seven assists from his spot at midfield. In high school, he was named all-state out of Inglemoor High in Kenmore, Wash. He played for the Seattle Sounders Academy and Crossfire Premier. Fahling is the older brother of Redhawk freshman Quinn Fahling.
“Burke is a transfer who has two years under his belt and has started a lot of games at this level,” said Fewing. “Burke is an attacking player who is very good one-on-one on the wing and has the ability to create space and produce quality service. Burke has already enrolled at Seattle U and it’s great having him work with the team this spring so he can get used to the style of play and his new teammates. We are looking forward to seeing him in games this spring and feel he can contribute right away in the attack.”
In 2017, Seattle U won its third WAC Championship in the last five seasons. It beat Washington, 3-2 in overtime, in the NCAA Tournament, marking the Redhawks’ third NCAA Tournament victory since 2013. SU is one of five Division I programs to win at least 11 games in each of the last five years.