COACHES' BREAKDOWN:"A little guy in the mid - holding mid - I think highly of him. Reminds me of Richie Williams back in the day. Can improve positionally, but very good in the attack... He's why Marquette has been able to get good in midfield. Small, compact, very mobile. Box-to-box. Holds up very well, can twist and turn, but also pass well to release pressure. Could be more productive in goalscoring, but his best position is probably #8 because he can hold the ball so well and suck a lot of guys in.... He's a good little college soccer player. Physically MLS would be tough, and might not be able to handle it athletically. He's skilled, good on the ball, but is he good enough to play that position in the league? Doesn't have the range to play out wide because he lacks pace. ... Like him. He's the best player in their group. Most ideas, ability, technical ability. Question is where he plays. Smaller guy, more technical. Maybe he can play wide? Wide left coming on his right foot... Raised over 30K and organized 300 people to spend a day 110,000 meals to feed malnourished children in Haiti... There has apparently been some interest from teams in Scandinavia."
COLLEGE: 2013: Finalist for the Senior CLASS Award ... Finished the season with two assists in 15 games... Missed six matches due to a concussion suffered late in MU's season opener at Milwaukee (8/30); made his return to the pitch in Big East opener vs. Xavier (9/28) ... First Team All-Big East, and co-Big East Midfielder of the Year... Three-year MU co-captain ... 2012: Member of Chi Alpha Sigma (National Collegiate Athlete Honor Society) ... BIG EAST All-Academic Team ... Recorded an assist in four consecutive games, including the game-winning assist to Andy Huftalin in a 2-1 double-overtime win over Wisconsin (Sept. 26) ... Named to the USL Premier Development League All-Central Conference Team as a member of the Chicago Fire PDL squad ... 2011: BIG EAST All-Academic Team ... One of two MU players to start and play in all 19 games for the Golden Eagles ... Recorded five assists, which was tied for 10th in the BIG EAST, and scored one goal during his sophomore campaign ... Logged nearly 1,800 minutes of playing time in 2011 ... Played for the Chicago Fire PDL team during the summer along with MU teammate Calum Mallace... 2010: Was one of four freshmen to find the net in 2010 ... Finished season with 1,084 minutes, the second highest for the freshmen class ... Ended the season third on the team with seven points and three goals...
HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB: Selected as a NSCAA/adidas All-American and was named Gatorade Illinois Boys Soccer Player of the Year as a senior ... A two-time all-region and all-state honoree ... Finished as Neuqua Valley High School's all-time leader in assists and ranks second all-time in points ... Helped lead the Wildcats to two state tournament appearances under head coach Tony Kees ... Helped team to a perfect regular-season record as a high school senior... Chicago Fire Academy Team Captain ... Led the Fire Academy in assists under player development director Larry Sunderland ... Previously helped the Chicago Magic US to the Club National Championship and Youth Club National Championship.
PERSONAL: Pronounced Sha-SHULL-kah ... Born October 10, 1991 ... Son of Philip Ciesiulka and Nancy Ciesiulka... Majoring in education and math.