Men’s Soccer Announces Class of 2028

Men’s Soccer Announces Class of 2028

PHILADELPHIA CREAM – Welcome to the University City! James C. Gentle, University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer head coach Brian Gil announced the additions of Marco Bottene, Aidan Coffey, Romeo Dahlen, Carter Feinman, Aiden Frick, Tim Shine and Patrick Weir to the lineup Friday afternoon.

“I would like to thank Steve and Matt for their efforts throughout this recruiting cycle,” Gill said. “We are excited about the steps the team has taken in the spring and look forward to adding these players to our returning group.”

The class of 2028 is made up of two defenders, two forwards, two midfielders and a goalkeeper.

“As we close out this academic year, we graduate important players and key figures in the program,” Gill continued. “Over the past year, the coaching staff has worked hard to identify players who we believe could meet our position needs and contribute positively to our environment.”

This group of seven will reunite with the team’s 23 returning players as they open the 2024 season at home against Pitt on September 1.

Marco Bottène
Hermosa Beach, California.
Loyola and Mira Costa High Schools (Beach FC ECNL)

Club/Academy: Joined ECNL Beach FC in 2020… Ranked in the Top 150 of the TopDrawerSoccer IMG Academy… ECNL All-American in 2023… ECNL First Team All-Conference in 2021, 2022 and 2023… ECNL National Selection Game in 2021 and 2022.
High school: Played college football for four years at Loyola (2020-21) and Mira Costa (2022-23) high schools… Reached the CIF Southern Section final in 2020 with Loyola… Won the CIF championship Mission League in 2020 and 2021 with Loyola… First Team All-Bay League in 2021 at Loyola… Captained his team last year at Mira Costa… Won the Bay League championship in 2022 and 2023 with Mira Costa …First team All-Mission League in 2022 with Mira Costa…Bay League Offensive Player of the Year in 2023 in Costa…All-CIF SS Open Division his senior year with Mira Costa.
Staff: Son of Monique and Alberto Bottene… Cousin Max swam at Yale… Will enroll at the Wharton School of Business.
Why Penn? “I chose the University of Pennsylvania because it has one of the most prestigious business schools in the world and a highly competitive football program across the country.”
Coach Gill on Marco: “In recent years, we have seen Marco play for Beach FC in various ECNL events and lead his team to the playoffs. He is a player who has a lot of dynamic qualities that we appreciate in a versatile offensive player Marco has the ability to be dangerous in the final third on the dribble, in combination, or looking to go at goal himself. We are excited to start working with his skills and see how he develops in our team. environment.

Aidan Coffey
New York, New York
The Clinton School (BW Gottschee Academy)

Club/Academy: Joined the BW Gottschee Academy in 2018… MLS Next Northeast Cup finalist in 2022 and 2023… Led the team to the MLS Next playoffs in 2022 with 14 clean sheets in 23 games… Trained and played with Fleetwood Town FC U18 Academy in 2022.
Staff: Son of Esther and Frank Coffey… Father Frank played rugby at University College Galway, Ireland… Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Why Penn? “Penn has always been a dream school for me. On my first visit, I immediately felt like it was a place where I could succeed. Interacting with the coaches and players, I felt a strong connection with the culture of the team and the fact that I could fit in well with their style of play. Penn also offers me the opportunity to gain a world-class education that will allow me to maximize my potential. very excited to continue to grow as a student-athlete and contribute to the team’s continued pursuit of success.
Coach Gill on Aidan: “In preparing for Nick’s graduation, we felt it was important to add another goalie to the group to join David and Phil. Aidan is a goalie we had the opportunity to evaluate in various competitions over the years with his BW Gottschee.

Romeo Dahlen
Greenwich, CT.
IMG Academy

Club/Academy: Joined IMG Academy in 2021… IMG Cup Champions in 2021 and 2023… IMG Academy U19 MLS Next MVP 2022-23… Selected for the All-Star Game at the NAC Championships.
Staff: Son of Camilla and Johan Dahlen… Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Why Penn? “I chose Penn because I am excited to attend the university and look forward to being a part of a great football program with extraordinary coaches and players.”
Coach Gill on Romeo: “Romeo is an instinctive offensive athlete who can play in different positions along the front line. It has been exciting to watch him become one of the top scorers for his IMG Academy team over the years, and now playing at abroad in Sweden We are delighted that Romeo is joining us as his desire to get into the right places and create chances will diversify our attacking options within the group.

Carter Feinman
San Diego, California.
La Jolla County Day (San Diego Surf ECNL)

Club/Academy: Started with the San Diego Surf ECNL in 2019… Named captain in the 2022 season… Surf Cup champions Man City in 2022 and 2023… Was a finalist in the Dallas Cup in 2021… ECNL champions in 2022… Joined the San Diego Loyal USL Academy in 2022… Called up to train with the San Diego Loyal first team in the USL Championship.
Staff: Son of Jessica and Michael Feinman… Will enroll at the Wharton School of Business.
Why Penn? “I chose Penn because of its combination of a great football program and elite academics. When deciding where to go, the culture and standards of excellence of the athletes and coaches made it clear that Penn was the perfect fit for me. I look forward to helping push the team to many more Ivy League championships.
Coach Gill on Carter: “Carter comes to Philadelphia from San Diego, where he played for the famous Surf Soccer Club. We had the chance to watch him play with his team as well as work with him at our ID Camp. Carter is an honest , fit, hardworking and competitive defender who we believe will fit well into our outside back group while being a positive influence in the Penn community.”

Aiden Frick
Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Shattuck-St. Marie’s Faribault

Club/Academy: Played for the Chicago Fire Academy for four years…Joined Shattuck-St. Mary’s Faribault in Fall 2022… MLS U19 Player to Watch… TopDrawerSoccer Featured Player to Watch… Youth Soccer Center Player to Watch… Southeast Asian Talent Featured Player… Two-time Champion national futsal in 2019 and 2023… MLS Flex Group 2024 Winner… 2024 MLS Next Cup playoff qualifiers.
Staff: Son of Anne and Dane Frick… Will enroll at the Wharton School of Business.
Why Penn? “I knew Penn would be the best place to pursue my athletic and academic aspirations.”
Coach Gill on Aiden: “We saw the benefit of having central midfielders in the program who value the importance of the defensive side of the game while balancing it with the ability to link play going forward. Aiden is a player who has technical skills, which should translate well to our group Throughout his youth career, he has been in good academic lineups at Chicago Fire and Shattuck Saint Mary’s. In this environment, we hope his personality and understanding of our values ​​in the game will come into play so that he can reach his full potential.

Tim Shine
Newtown, mass.
Newton South High School (Boston Bolts)

Club/Academy: Joined the Boston Bolts in 2020… 2023 MLS Next Northeast Division League Winner… 2023 MLS Next Cup U17 Playoff Qualifier… 2023 National Academy Championships… 2023 U17 All-Star Team… Playoff Qualifier 2022 MLS Next Cup U16 Playoffs… U15 and U16 US Soccer Youth Regional National Team Identification Centers.
Staff: Son of Lily Eng Shine and Matthew Shine… Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Why Penn? “I chose Penn because I really like the team and coaching staff. I want to be a part of the whole culture. I’m also excited about the learning opportunities Penn offers.”
Coach Gill on Tim: “During the recruiting cycle, Tim was a player who continued to grow on our team in each game we had the chance to watch him play. We enjoyed learning more about his game and his personality. Tim has quite a few physical tools.”

Patrick Weir
Ramsey, New Jersey
Ramsey High School (STA ECNL)

Club/Academy: Joined STA ECNL in 2019…2022 National Selection Match…2023 First Team All-Northeast Conference.

High school: Played four years of varsity football and was a two-time captain at Ramsey High School… Won the 2023 NJ Group 2 state championship… Won Bergen County’s first state championship in history of school… Won the NJ Section 1 North Group 2 championship and Big North Patriot League division all four years of high school… 2023 All-American Football Coaches… All-American Game Participant 2023 High School Player… 2023 All-State… 2022 NJSIAA First Team… North 1 Player of the Year in 2022 and 2023… 2023 Group 2 First Team… 2023 Defensive Player of the Year… All-State Player Big North Conference Player of the Year in 2022 and 2023…2023 Patriot Division Player of the Year.

Staff: Son of Cindy and Kevin Weir… Brother Matthew plays football at Fordham… Will enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Why Penn? “Penn has all the factors I was looking for in a university. An elite football program with coaches who will help me become the best version of myself, a world-class education and an optimal location in a great city. The team culture and family connections resonated with me, and I am excited to join the program and contribute to future championships.

Coach Gill on Patrick: “We have been able to see Patrick play quite a bit with his high school teams STA ECNL and Ramsey over the last two seasons. Patrick has a lot of qualities that can translate well to the field as a center back in our program. is also someone who has proven comfortable in leadership roles within his previous groups, which could prove to be his greatest strength.