IU soccer adds pair of internationals for 2019

The Indiana University men’s soccer team announced the addition of a pair of international midfielders on Tuesday, adding to a recruiting class already ranked No. 5 in the nation by TopDrawerSoccer.com.

Netherlands native Quinten Helmer will have four years of eligibility, as he joins IU from AZ Alkmaar, where he helped the club win two national championships and spent time training with the first team, which his older brother, Jeremy, played for in the highest professional league in the Netherlands.

“(Quinten) has played for one of the finest youth academies in Europe,” Indiana coach Todd Yeagley said in a release. “His high-end technical ability and soccer IQ will help us in several midfield roles heading into next fall. Quinten’s cultured left foot, tireless work rate and versatility will provide an immediate impact to our program. We are very excited to have a young and international player join us at Indiana.”

Joris Ahlinvi, a native of Gujan-Mestras, France, comes to Indiana as a transfer from Florida International University and will have one year of eligibility remaining. Ahlinvi was a two-time first team All-Conference USA performer and was on the 2018 MAC Hermann Trophy watch list. He scored 16 goals and collected nine assists in three seasons at FIU.

“(Joris) brings a wealth of experience after playing three seasons with a very good and well-coached FIU team,” Yeagley said. “His ability to unbalance off the dribble, elite athleticism and overall attacking creativity will provide an immediate impact next fall. We are very excited to have a player with his ability join our program.”