FCD College Review: Heading Into the Post-Season

Ronald Martinez

So I scrapped the idea of a weekly College review because no one was really reading it so I figured it would probably be more effective to simply do one at the end of the regular season and then at the end of the post-season, so here you go, a college review chock full of bits on each FCD Academy player's college season.

London Woodberry - Senior Central Defender -Mikey Ambrose - Freshman Defender - University of Maryland

Woodberry: 16 starts - 2 goals

Ambrose: 17 starts - 1 goal

In their last regular season game, the Terps fell 4-2 at Wake Forest, ending their run at an undefeated season. In the match, London Woodberry got a red card for the first time this season, though it's about the only blemish on his senior season. The youngster from Frisco has absolutely bossed the Maryland back line all season showing great awareness, solid passing and good ability in the air.

I've probably watched most of five Maryland games this season and Woodberry is someone who is going to step in and contribute right away. There are some who think his professional level is as an outside back and I'm not sure I disagree with them, but having seen him play in the middle, Woodberry seems like someone who can be a serious glue guy for the Dallas defense next year maybe not starting many games but someone who makes the bench in just about every match.

For Ambrose, it's really been about as good of a season as one could hope for. Having earned the starting spot from day one at left back, Ambrose leads the Terps in minutes, quite the feat for a true freshman. As I've said all along, if I had to pick any of the FCD current or future homegrowns to be a 10-year starter, it would be Ambrose. The kid is just a professional in every sense of the word, except for getting paid.

Jaime Ibarra - Goalkeeper - Damian Rosales - Defender - Southern Methodist University

Ibarra - 17 starts - 16 goals against - 6 shutouts

Rosales - 16 games - 0 goals, 2 assists

The Ponies are once again Conference USA regular season champions finishing 6-2 in the conference after dropping their last regular season game at Memphis in a game televised on Fox Soccer Channel. In that game, the announcers mentioned that Jaime Ibarra could be considered among the Conference USA players of the year and it seems very likely that he will be among the goalkeepers of the year.

On two different occasions this season, Ibarra make PK stops late in games to preserve results and his junior season has been a very good one. I can see the scenario in two years where Ibarra takes over as the third goalkeeper should Hartman retire after a couple years.

Playing as an attacking-style outside back, Damian Rosales has had a very nice season for SMU playing in every match and really getting a ton out of his skill set. When Rosales graduated high school, I really didn't rate his game too highly as a central midfielder, but the move to outside back has produced a productive college career.

Bradlee Baladez - Forward - University of South Carolina 18 starts - 4 goals, 3 assists

It hasn't been the best season for Baladez and the Gamecocks. The big forward led South Carolina in both goals and assists, but when your leading goal scorer has 4 goals, you know it hasn't been a great season.

The bottom fell out of the Gamecocks late in the year, losing six in a row before upsetting Kentucky on the last game of their season. Pretty simply put, they couldn't stop goals this year with just one shutout in their last 12 games.

Boyd Okwuono - Defender - Danny Garcia - Winger - University of North Carolina

Okwuono - 15 starts - 0 goals - 0 assists

Garcia - 15 starts - 3 goals - 6 assists

What a year for Danny Garcia. As a freshman, the youngster has burst on the scene in Chapel Hill with 3 goals and 6 assists to tie for second in the team in points as a freshman. Right now, Garcia is probably the odds-on favorite to win freshman of the year in the ACC and has become a huge part of the Tar Heels offense. Garcia is an absolute example of how the NCAA game can bring out the best in young players as Danny would've never been able to sign a homegrown deal but has blossomed in college. Could the U20 National Team still be in the picture for him?

One player the U20 NT is almost certainly in the picture for is Boyd Okwuono. The central defender from Oklahoma played nearly every game for the Tar Heels missing just a couple through injury and he looks to be a huge part of the UNC tournament run.

Jack Coleman - Defender - Duke University

Coleman - 16 starts - 12 starts - 0 goals - 1 assist

It took Jack a few weeks into the season to earn his starting spot at right back, but the Norman, Oklahoma native hasn't given it up. After barely playing in his freshman season, Coleman is finally getting the consistent playing time he desperately needed at Duke and could be a real player to watch in his junior and senior seasons. Having seen him train with the FCD first team all summer and play in reserve games, I know this kid can be a professional, he just needs to be at the right program and it looks like he found it.

UNC and Duke face off in a huge ACC Tournament Quarterfinal tomorrow night on ESPN3.com

Skylar Hagan - Winger - Old Dominion University

Hagan - 16 starts - 0 goals

ODU is a lock for a solid NCAA Tournament seed and Hagan has become an every-game starter at left back for the Monarchs. I'm a little surprised as he was never a standout on his academy team, but it really shows the depth of those teams that a player like Hagan is starting every game at a good program despite not being a slam dunk starter on the academy team.

Jacob Gerondale - Defender- IPFW

Gerondale - 9 games - 3 starts - 0 goals

Gerondale has been a spot starter for the Mastodons in a tough season in which they've gone 4-14-1

Aaron Guillen - Defender - Florida Gulf Coast University

Guillen - 16 games - 15 starts - 0 goals - 2 assists

FGCU won their third straight Atlantic Sun regular season title and Guillen has been an every game starter at center back for the eagles. I've said before, I think Guillen could be a homegrown target if he keeps developing his game and I think he could be someone that transfers to a bigger program for his upperclassman years, though FGCU is hardly a bottom feeder and will be in the NCAA tournament.

Guillen is definitely one to watch in the future as someone who may never have been the biggest name but has steadily gotten better and better.

Mark Ashby - Defender - Harvard University

Ashby - 14 starts - 0 goals

It's been a very disappointing season for a young Crimson squad having won just 2 of their 15 games, but from an FCD standpoint, it's been a good one. Ashby has become an everyday starter for Harvard in his freshman season at center back and if soccer doesn't work out, well he's always got the Harvard education.

Nick Rochowski - Defender/Midfielder - University of New Mexico

Rochowski - 0 starts

Rochowski has not featured for the Lobos in his freshman year and is likely redshirting. We will hear from him in the future.

Eduardo Cortes - Goalkeeper - IUPUI

15 games - 5 shutouts

It's been a tough season for the Jaguars, missing out on a conference tournament berth on the last game of the season but Cortes has had a nice year. The rookie goalkeeper has started nearly every game, making five shutouts and 95 saves on the season.

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