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A few College Commiments; Offseason Notes

Posted in Uncategorized by mattmanley on February 11, 2010

Here are some college signings that I know of. If anyone wants me to post any others, email mmanley21@gmail.com and I will add them to the list.

Updated Feb. 17

Ben Drake (Manasquan) – Lafayette
Garrett Cookson, Sean Homan (Manasquan) – Stockton
Jeff Algor (Manasquan) – Moravian
Craig Wagenblast (TRE) – Drew University
Brendan Murphy (Colts Neck) – Flager College (Fla.)
Anthony Fiorletti (Freehold Twp.) – Stockton
Justin Vinton (Brick Mem.) – Rutgers-Camden
Hugh Riley (Monmouth) – Moravian
Pat Langan (Raritan) – Stockton
Todd Webb (TRN) – Rutgers
Jacob Rubinstein (Ocean) – Monmouth University
Matt Guarino (Freehold Twp.) – Stockton
Sean Lockwood (Southern) – Moravian
Justin Dilts (TRN) – Moravian
Tyler Wynn (TRE) Farleigh Dickinson-Teaneck
Nick O’Hara (Point Boro) – Stockton
Anthony Pira (Freehold) – Stockton

Stockton should be happy with the players coming into the program this season. Langan was one of the best players in a very good Conference for the past two years, while Cookson and Fiorletti developed into top-notch players this past season. Homan is a kid who often gets overlooked, as most defenders who don’t play in Class A North tend to, but he was an anchor for an excellent Manasquan defense for two years.

Decker headed to Residency

Southern Regional freshman Ethan Decker was selected to the U.S. U-17 National Residency Program and will head to Bradenton, Fla. Thursday to begin training with the team as it prepares for the 2011 U-17 World Cup in Mexico, as confirmed by NJSA 04 Soccer Club assistant and family friend Sal Colino, who is also an assistant for the Men’s team at Ocean County College. Team commitments will keep Decker, who had nine goals and nine assists as a freshman at Southern Regional, from playing high school soccer as a sophomore and likely as a junior as he plays with some of the best amateur players in the country.

Decker’s status as a national talent was an interesting storyline during this offseason and apparently he impressed the right people. According to Colino, Decker caught the eye of the U.S. Soccer recruiting staff while at an academy tournament in Phoenix in October and the team invited Decker for a tryout with the national club. Decker received word earlier this week that he made the pool of players that will play together for the better part of a year leading up to the World Cup in the summer of 2011. As a freshman, Decker was a standout on a Southern team that improved more than any team in the Shore Conference, going from 1-19 in 2008 to 10-9 in 2009 under first-year coach Evan Brosniak. Decker was an All-Shore Media First Team Ocean County player in ’09 and was the ASM Freshman of the Year (not a difficult choice).

If anyone out there is looking for a point of reference for how this kind of opportunity plays out relative to high school soccer, Sean Davis played for Holmdel as a freshman in 2007, then played in the residency program leading up to the U-17 World Cup in the fall of 2009. So if we see Decker on a high school soccer field again, it wouldn’t be until the 2012 season, and whether or not a young man plays his senior year of high school ball completely depends on the individual case.

Davis likely back in 2010

Speaking of Davis, I spoke with more than one source who said the U-17 standout will play for Holmdel High School as a senior next fall, although most people with the team are taking the official stance that they don’t expect to see anyone in particular until the first day of camp. This isn’t earth-shattering news considering his obligations with the national team are over, but the talented midfielder’s return will have a major impact on the conference. Holmdel is going to have at least four first-team All-Shore caliber players on the field in Davis, midfielders Dan Metzger and Rishi Desai, and goalkeeper Dan Marino

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