Kitsap Soccer Club announced the signings of three players Monday, attacking midfielder Romario Lomeli, right back Anthony Mota and central midfielder/defender Jack Philp for the 2017 National Premier Soccer League season.
Lomeli, 22, capped a distinguished career at UC Riverside in 2016, notching career bests in goals (five) and assists (nine) in his senior season. It was good enough to be named to the Big West all-conference first team. He was also named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s All-Far West Region team.
For his collegiate career, he has 10 goals and 20 assists in 77 career appearances for the Highlanders. A native of Panorama City, California, Lomeli is a former member of the Chivas USA skills development academy.
“I was very surprised that Romario was available after he finished his college career at a high level and played at the MLS Combine this winter,” Kitsap SC associate head coach Liviu Bird said. “We’re happy to take him in for the summer and give him a place to train at a high level every day and hopefully watch him continue to succeed for us.”
Mota, 21, just finished his senior season at the University of Great Falls in Montana. He made 17 appearances with 16 starts in his final season with the Argonauts. In his career, he had eight goals and six assists in 71 appearances for Great Falls.
Mota, who was born in Upland, California, was also a three-time Cascade Collegiate Conference all-academic selection.
“Tony came to our invitational tryout last year when we were still a professional club, and we would have signed him if not for his desire to finish playing in college,” Bird said. “We were glad to have him come out again this year, and he showed the same ability.”
Philp, 19, is coming off his first season with Hartwick College, in Oneonta, New York. He made eight appearances with one start for the Hawks.
Philp is a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, where he was a captain for his championship-winning youth side at Tynecastle FC. He also played for Hutchison Vale FC and graduated from Currie Community High School.
“Jack is a versatile player who can play a number of positions well,” Bird said. “He came recommended to us by Shaun Scobie, a former Kitsap assistant coach who coached Jack in their home country of Scotland. Jack is used to playing a high-tempo, aggressive style, which fits in perfectly with what we’re trying to build.”