December 12, 2019
by Sean McCaffery

Just a couple of local players have been selected to this high honor, both went to play out of state, one with the #1 team in the tourney, the other with the #2, both play at least one game this weekend, both may play a pair.

Dylan Nealis of Massapequa, it is a year for 2's for the player out of Massapequa, he is a 2 time Big East Defensive Player of the Year, a 2 time 1st team All Region Player for United Soccer Coaches as his team the Georgetown Hoyas are ranked #2 and one of the final 3 in the running for the MAC Herman Trophy.

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December 12, 2019
by Sean McCaffery

US Soccer has stated that "for his excellence at the highest level of the sport", I must beat the dead of horse of the whole of the USMNT not getting to the highest level, this past World Cup. Two years removed from his last nod for this massive honor, the first of which had him the youngest to be so rewarded for a year well done besting Landon Donovan by about 150 days. One of just 25 different players to be awarded this since Ricky Davis in 1984.

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December 12, 2019
by Sean McCaffery

The final for this level is today, I am surprised given the successof some local programs, more players from them are not listed? In total 72 players, 35 men 37 women have been honored here, UCLA-SD player Naralie Saddic had been tabbed for the 3rd as overall 11 now have their 2nd nods. All will be honored Jan. 18 at the USC Convention during their All-Ameriacan Ceremony & Receptiion, Sat. Jan. 18.

Players with local ties are listed below:

Adelphi University: Paolo Marciano, First Team

Manuel Achondo: Mercy College, 2nd time Third Team

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December 12, 2019
by Sean McCaffery

Over 4 years in the NCAA, over 100 (101) games and a pair of FIFA U-20 World Cups, now her shot at the big time, USWNT for defender Kaleigh Riehl. Her first World Cup in 2014, she was a reservist, however the next in 2016 as they team ascended to the semis, she was a main player in New Guinea. Now it is off to Bradenton at the behest of USWNT HC Vlatko Andonovski. Kaleigh also has time with the U-23's, her call up brings the number to 24 once more.

Those with local ties include:

Sky Blue Players-Imani Dorsey, Sarah Killion, & Paige Monaghan.

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December 11, 2019
by Sean McCaffery

The 18 year old following a quartet of years in their highly successsful academy is now with the first team who hold a 3 year option on him, he had ben in the U-14, 16, 17 & 19 age groups. Over his time with the academy, he had 61 games starting 58 USSDA games, from fall of 2016-Spring of '17, he was also in the residnecy program for the U-17 NT. His brother Gabriel signed in Mar., as the youngest Homegrown signee in MLS history at 14. Cedric Cattenoy stated, "Nicholas is a solid central defender who is able to play under pressure with both feet.

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