IU soccer adds Wedderburn, will play at Toyota Park

The Indiana men’s soccer team announced the addition of freshman Rees Wedderburn to the 2015 recruiting class on Wednesday. The attacking midfielder and British national currently plays for the West Bromwich Albion U-21 team, making 20 appearances in 2014-15.

The Hoosiers also will be one of six men’s teams to play Northwestern at Toyota Park, home of the Chicago Fire, this fall due to renovations at the Wildcats’ home field.

Here’s the full release on Wedderburn:

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana head men’s soccer coach Todd Yeagley announced today that Rees Wedderburn will continue his soccer career at IU, beginning his freshman season in the fall of 2015.

“We are very excited to add Rees to our soccer program,” Yeagley said. “He most recently competed with the U21 West Brom Academy team. He has been playing at a very high level and will bring a confidence and sophistication that very few incoming freshman possess.”

Wedderburn, a British national, currently plays for the West Bromwich Albion U21s, previously competing for the squad’s U18 side. In 2012-13 he made 27 appearances with the U18s, scoring eight goals. He added six goals in 21 appearances in 2013-14. In 2014-15 he has made 20 appearances with the U21 team.

“Rees is a dynamic attacker who we expect to make an immediate impact within our team next fall,” Yeagley added. “His ability to beat players off the dribble and pass will provide additional firepower to our attack. Rees can also play in a variety of roles within our attacking shape giving us tactical flexibility and increased mobility.”

A left-footed attacking midfielder, Wedderburn has spent his youth career with West Bromwich Albion since the age of 12. His youth tournament experience includes making the final of the Aspire on Qatar, falling 2-1 to Benfica. He also finished third in a Premier League tournament with West Brom.

Wedderburn is a graduate of Deansfield Community School in Wolverhampton.