DETROIT, Mich. -- Coming off a season that ended with a trip to the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) semifinals, head coach Matt Johnson and the Mustangs signed on more talent with a commitment from Westland John Glenn's Madalin Pop. The signing is the second of the 2013 class for the men's soccer program.
Pop, a 6'1" center back/right back, will head to Marygrove College after a four-year varsity career as a Rocket at John Glenn High School. At the end of his high school career, Pop and the Rockets topped off a great 2012 run by defeating nearby rival Wayne Memorial, 7-1, before falling in the district semifinals.
Despite the high school success, Pop's club experience has garnered the bulk of the attention from the Mustang coaching staff. While playing two years with the Westland-based Arsenal soccer club, Pop helped shape the backline for a team that made it to the championship game of the heralded Bowling Green Soccer Challenge (Ohio). The athletic defenseman also played a year for Vardar South in 2012.
With the signing, the Mustangs now have three former John Glenn Rockets on the roster as Pop joins Alex Cabildo and recent signee Khalid Suleiman.
Coach Johnson on Pop: Madalin will add depth to our backline this fall. He is a defender that's strong in the air and very composed with his distribution. We are looking forward to his contributions next season.