Leonardo da Silva Brings 2012 Class To Eleven
June 26, 2012
HARROGATE, TN -- Leonardo da Silva has signed on to play soccer for the Railsplitters next season, Lincoln Memorial University head coach Helio D'Anna announced Tuesday morning. With the addition of da Silva, the Railsplitters bring their total to 11 incoming players in the 2012 recruiting class.
Leonardo comes to LMU by way of Itajuba, Brazil and CESEC Padre Mario High School. Da Silva will be expected to bolster the Railsplitters' roster with a strong soccer reputation and a year of college experience. While in Brazil, da Silva played for the Sampe Football Club. He will come in as a sophomore as he is notched an NJCAA All-Region season at Iowa Central Community College in 2011. In that season, da Silva netted nine goals as he led Iowa Central to a 10-9-1 record.
Da Silva plans on majoring in business throughout his time at Lincoln Memorial University. He is the son of Murilo and Vania da Silva.
Regarding da Silva, Lincoln Memorial University head coach Helio D'Anna stated, "Leonardo is extremely fast and technical. He holds the ball well upfront and creates havoc with his dribbling skills. He finishes well and works 100% all the time. He will fit very well on our style of play.”
Leonardo and the other ten individuals that make up this year's recruiting class will be joining a Railsplitters' squad that went 8-7-3 and 6-3 in the South Atlantic Conference a season ago, pressing into the semi-finals of the SAC Tournament. The LMU men's soccer roster looks to be fully formed for the 2012 season as the Railsplitters look to make a push back into the elites of the South Atlantic Conference and beyond.