FORT MYERS, Fla. – After leading the men’s soccer program to a league-record fourth straight Atlantic Sun Conference regular-season championship this past fall, FGCU head coach Bob Butehorn has announced the signing of Miguel Jaime and Derek Gebhard to a National Letter of Intent. The duo will have four years of eligibility, beginning this fall.
“We are extremely pleased to have Miguel and Derek join our program,” Butehorn said. “Their talent and character are a great match for our program and we look forward to assisting them in their growth.”
Rated as a four-star midfielder and ranked 86th in the IMG Top 150 by Top Drawer Soccer, Jaime scored 16 goals and passed out five assists his senior season at Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, Colo. outside Denver. He also led the Bruins to an 11-6-2 record, helping them advance to the Class 5A state tournament semifinals. His high school performance earned him the Gatorade Player of the Year award for the state in 2013.
The 5-foot-8 midfielder ended his junior year with an astonishing 30 goals and 13 assists. He played club soccer with the Colorado Rush the past two years and was named the All-Colorado Player of the Year by the Denver Post. Jaime was also an All-American honoree by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Gebhard, from Lutz, Fla., first signed an NLI with the Eagles last spring after helping lead George Steinbrenner High School to an overall record of 19-3-3 and a trip to the Class 4A state finals in just the program’s fourth year of existence. The forward registered a hat trick in the Class 4A regional semifinals to highlight five goals in the regional and helped the Warriors advance to the championship with the golden goal in the state semifinals. Gebhard scored nine goals in his last winter semester at Steinbrenner.
He scored in two of three games for the US Region III ODP (Olympic Development Program) squad at the Interregional Tournament in Alabama (Dec. 7-9, 2012) and was voted Region III MVP in Costa Rica following the team title. He was also captain of Charger SC Club in 2013.
FGCU — which will not lose any players to graduation — became the first team in A-Sun history to win four straight regular-season titles this past fall with a 6-1-1 record. The Green and Blue has a 28-3-2 mark in A-Sun games since the start of the 2010 season. All three of its conference losses have come on the road, and out of a possible 99 points that could have been earned in that time, the Eagles have claimed an impressive 86 of them (87 percent).
The Eagles continue their preparations for an unprecedented fifth-straight title during the spring season with friendly matches. The games kicked off Feb. 2 and will stretch into the middle of March. FGCU has already played MLS member Chicago Fire, the University of Victoria, defending MLS Cup Champion Sporting Kansas City and the Under-17 U.S. National Team. FGCU travels to St. Petersburg on Saturday to face off against North American Soccer League member Tampa Bay Rowdies.
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