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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

MU men's soccer: NEC champs bring in TWO All Americas

Soccer folks - help me out here!!!!!

If this were hoops is this like Calloway bringing in - say - two McDonald's All Americas? I am asking..I don't know....MU coach Rob McCourt says - YES.

I am certainly not disputing him but trying to put these obviously very highly rated players in perspective for everyone..

They have been rated first team by the NSCAA - which is the governing body that serves HS and collegiate soccer. They select all americans and also issue national rankings.

Also for everyone's info from coach McCourt - ESP is the Adidas All American camp for HS Soccer players. Basically the best HS players throughout the country are selected to participatein this camp. He says it's the same as the McDonalds All American camp in Basketball.

Here they are, and I guess they are teriffic players!!

Ryan Kinne - FWD - Naugatuck HS, Conn..... NSCAA 1st teamAll-American. Connecticut Gatorade State Coaches Association Player ofthe Year for all HS's. Proven goal scorer. 79 goals, 22 assists over3 years at Naugatuck HS.

Region 1 Olympic Development Player(ODP).Ct State Team ODP. South Central Premier Soccer Club.

MU coach Rob McCourt comments - ""Ryan is acrafty attacking Midfield/Forward player. He has proven he can score goals and has done so at very high levels. Ryan was voted as player ofthe year in Ct and a 1st team selection HS All American by NSCAA. Aplayer of this stature will be a massive contribution to our program."

Bryan Meredith - Goalkeeper - Scotch Plains HS, N.J.. NSCAA 1st teamAll- American. 2005-2007 starting GK - NJ State and Region 1 OlympicDevelopment Program teams. PDA Socrates club - team captain 2002-2007.NJ 2005-2006 1st team All State selection. 2005-2006 adidas ESP AllAmerican Camp. Scotch Plains HS shutout record holder. 4 year HSstarter.

Coach McCourt comments - ""Bryan brings a wealth of ability and experience to our program. He is an excellent GK with a tremendous future ahead of him. Adidas ESP Camp is like the HS All American Basketball event. To be chosen twice to attend ESP and as a HS All American speaks volumes about his ability."

Some back ground - Monmouth has been undefeated in the NEC for 2 straight seasons and was ranked as high at 15th in the National Polls last season and made the 2006 NCAA tourney.

Rest of the 2007 MU class to follow at a later date.


Anonymous FL MU/C ALUM said...

Sounds like MU has two outstanding new soccer players.
MU has a great mens soccer team and this should add more years of NCAA visits.
Coach McCourt did an outstanding job signing two national first team players.
Tony I look forward to reading your blog each day but please be a little more positive toward players of sports other than football and basketball.

3:54 PM, February 15, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Based on the number of posts to this topic I can see that we have a lot of soccer fans. This is an unbelieveable accomplishment to get two players of this caliber. Unfortunately the goalie will be probably sit his first year becuase our current goalie is AMAZING! But the other kid should get some play time and make an instant impact. I can't wait for the season to begin.

4:26 PM, February 15, 2007  
Blogger Alvin said...

Tony thankyou for taking the time to put this together. I just found it and as a Monmouth Soccer Fan am excited about the new recruiting class coming in. Coach McCourt has not even hit his stride yet with Monmouth Soccer on the National scene. The next few years will be much fun to see as this program continues to grow as it has in the past few years. Go Luck Hawks, and thanks to the players of the last few years who have laid down a very strong foundation for continued growth and success of this program.

2:08 PM, February 16, 2007  

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