Wales International joins Kansas soccer
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Another standout from the United Kingdom will be a member of the Jayhawk roster after it was announced that Ceri Holland will join the Kansas soccer team this fall by KU head coach Mark Francis Tuesday.
Holland comes to Lawrence after a three-year stint with Manchester City’s developmental team while also seeing time as a reserve for the squad’s first team on several occasions. The 5-foot-5 midfielder was a member of Wales’ U19 National Team during qualifiers for the 2016 UEFA European Championship qualifiers, making three appearances, which included two caps, and adding a pair of goals.
“Ceri can play holding mid and centerback, but we’ll probabaly utilize her more in the midfield,” said Francis. “She’s a very technical player and has a great range of vision. She’s a very good individual defender and she’s very patient, especially in one-on-one opportunities. She can cover a lot of ground and will give us an athletic player in the center of the midfield that can help us control the tempo of the game.”
A native of West Yorkshire, United Kingdom, Holland is the ninth newcomer to be added to the 2017 KU soccer roster, which is looking to fill the void left by eight departing letterwinners and five starters from last year’s NCAA Tournament team. Kansas will kick off its 23rd season when it welcomes in the Nebraska Cornhuskers to Rock Chalk Park on August 18.
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