April 7, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern men's soccer head coach Tim Lenahan today announced the addition of redshirt sophomore Nati Schnitman (Calabasas, Calif./Calabasas HS) as a transfer to the Wildcats program.
Schnitman transfers in from UCLA, where he spent the 2011 to 2013 seasons with the Bruins. After redshirting as a freshman in 2011, he played in three games with UCLA.
“Nati gives us another veteran player at the defensive midfield position and at center back,” Lenahan said. “He has an excellent pedigree having played with the LA Galaxy Academy teams and three years of training with a top program like UCLA. We will have a veteran group next year with ten seniors, and adding Nati to that group will certainly improve our depth and technical ability in those central positions.”
Schnitman played with current Wildcats Sagar Jambusaria for the LA Galazy Youth Academy U-16 club team from 2009-10.
#17 Nati Schnitman
Year: RS Sophomore
Hometown: Calabasas, Calif.
High School: Calabasas
Club: LA Galaxy Youth Academy
Experience: 1 Letter
Prior to Northwestern:
2013 (UCLA): Came off the bench and played against UC Riverside (9/26) and San Diego State (11/16), playing a total of 17 minutes.
2012 (UCLA): Played in one game, seeing action at California (9/30)
2011 (UCLA): Redshirt season
High School/Club: Played two years at Calabasas HS and earned second-team all-league honors as a freshman and sophomore ... Played club soccer for the LA Galaxy Youth Academy and was team captain for the U-16 squad in 2009-10 with future Northwestern teammate Sagar Jambusaria ... Helped lead FC Barcelona to the 2008 Dallas Cup finals ... Top Drawer Soccer Top 20-ranked player in Southern California ... Member of the Development Academy Select team at the 2009 Winter Academy Showcase ... Member of the U-14 National Team pool and Region IV and Cal South ODP team in 2006-07 ... MVP of the 2008 U.S. Maccabi Games, leading the Los Angeles team to the gold medal ... Also won a silver medal at the 2007 U.S. Maccabi Games.
Personal: Admires Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets ... Hobbies include going to the beach and reading ... Parents are Roni and Tami... Father played soccer at UCLA ... Has two older sisters, Dana and Jillian ... Full name is Nathaniel Edward Schnitman ... Born in Tarzana, CA ... Major is Biology.
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