July 14, 2014
Former NC State soccer captain Farouk Bseiso passed away on Thursday due to carbon monoxide poisoning while on vacation with family, according to news posted on Finnish soccer clubs FC Espoo and FC Viikingit web sites.
"We're saddened by the passing of Farouk," said NC State head coach Kelly Findley. "He's a member of our Wolfpack family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones during this difficult time."
Bseiso, a four-year letterwinner with the Wolfpack from 2008-11, played in 59 contests and recorded four assists as a defensive central midfielder. In 2011, Findley's first year as head coach at NC State, Bseiso was named one of two team captains.
The Raleigh, N.C. native attended NC State from St. David's School in Raleigh, where Bseiso was a four-year letterwinner coached by Joe Cornejo. Bseiso helped lead his high school to a pair of NCISAA 2-A State titles in 2006 and 2007, making all-state both seasons.
A moment of silence was held in Bseiso's honor on Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park before the Carolina RailHawks kicked off against the Indy Eleven. Bseiso was a member of the RailHawks' 2011 USASA U-23 championship team.
The six-foot, 180-pound defensive midfielder was signed with FC Espoo and on loan to Viikingit in 2014. He started four of the five games he played with Viikingit, scoring his first goal with the club in a match on June 14 against FC Jippo. Bseiso was expected to return to Espoo by the end of July.
In addition to the RailHawks' recognition, both Finnish squads will hold moments of silence and wear commemorative bands in memory of Bseiso. Information for those wishing to contribute in Bseiso's memory will be passed along at the appropriate time.
- Details from Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network