DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire men's soccer head coach Rob Thompson has announced that Marcus Barr (Wallingford, Pa.),  has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Wildcats beginning in the Fall of 2007.
    “Marcus brings a strong soccer background to UNH,” says Thompson. “He has emerged as a major player at competitive levels with his club, high school and Olympic Development Program (ODP) teams. We believe Barr will instantly fill a void in midfield left by two graduating senior starters.”
    Barr, a two-time First Team All-State honoree at Strath Haven High School, was recently named 2006 County Player of the Year. The five-foot-seven, 145-pound midfielder finished his career as the record holder in assists at Strath Haven, a high school that has produced numerous Division I prospects in the past.  Barr has been a starter in center midfield for FC Delco Black V the last two years and has won two Eastern PA state championships as well as the USYSA Region I tournament in 2005. Barr, a two-time Olympic Development (ODP) Region I Team member, has represented Eastern PA on the ODP state level for five years and has never lost to another Region I state team at ODP competitions.
    “Marcus is a very complete technical player.  His touch, vision and passing ability complement each other very well. He is versatile and can play up front or in the midfield because he is at ease using both feet,” Thompson said.  “He is a player that has improved every time we have seen him play.  We are eager to see how much better he is when preseason starts in August.”
    The men’s soccer program is coming off a 12-5-3 season including 6-2-1 in the America East.  The team, whose record was its best since 1994, made it to the semifinals of the conference tournament. UNH men’s soccer now has five student-athletes in its signing class.
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