FC Dallas College Review: Week 2

Things on campus kicked fully into gear this past weekend with most teams playing a pair of games either in tournaments or non-conference schedule. Let's take a look at how the Dallas guys did.

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

I finally got a chance to see Woodberry in action as Maryland's game vs UCLA on Friday night was streamed live on ESPN3.com...I came away with very good impressions. Woodberry has certainly bulked up a little bit, though likely could use a bit more muscle but his play is very good. I'd say his best asset is he reads the game very, very well. He's paired next to two freshman on the back line(one of those being Ambrose) and multiple times his solid reading of the game covered up for others mistakes.

He's very good in the air and his passing out of the back is at least acceptable. It's only one performance and I need to see more, but Woodberry looks to be a guy that can come in and compete for playing time in 2013 both at center back and outside back.

Ambrose, Woodberry and Maryland drew 2-2 with UCLA on Friday before crushing Cal 6-0 on Sunday...both started and have started all three matches this season for the Terps. Maryland travels to Boston College for their ACC opener on Friday night.

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

It was a very tough weekend for SMU in Tulsa playing against two top five teams in New Mexico and University of South Florida. The Ponies dropped to 0-2-1 on the season, losing to USF 1-0 on Friday and losing to New Mexico 3-1 on Sunday.

On the positive side, Rosales and Ibarra started both games with Damian playing all but 12 minutes of the matches and Ibarra making an amazing 10 saves in the loss to New Mexico(giving you an idea of how the match went)

SMU has a chance to open their winning account this weekend with games at Ivy league opponents Dartmouth and Harvard.

Bradlee Baladez - Forward - University of South Carolina

Baladez and the Gamecocks had a tough weekend at their Gamecock Classic losing 2-0 to a good St. John's team and drawing 0-0 with Northwestern.

Baladez had six combined shots in the two matches but obviously no goals. I was lucky enough to catch about half of the Northwestern game and I have to say that I don't see much point to Baladez remaining at USC past this season. Maybe I caught them on a bad day, but his teammates were just not good enough in supplying any sort of service to Bradlee who was double-teamed most of the match. The gameplan is pretty clear defending against the Gamecocks which is force the ball wide to players who don't really seem to have enough quality to send good service into Baladez.

The situation for every player in college is different. I think some players are benefited more by staying in college even when they're good enough to come out if they're getting good, competitive games on a good team. A guy like London Woodberry comes to mind. For Baladez, however, there's not a lot of point to staying in college if the games go like they do against Northwestern.

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

Okwuono, Garcia and the top ranked Tar Heels moved to 3-0 on the season with a 1-0 win over West Virginia and a 2-1 defeat of Boston University

Our boy Danny Garcia notched his third assist of the season, sending in what the UNC website called a perfect cross to senior forward Martin Murphy for the game-winning goal against West Virginia. I've tried to find video of the goal, but can't. Okwuono started and played 90 minutes in the shutout.

Garcia and Okwuono also started the 2-1 victory over Boston University...it's amazing to me that Garcia basically earned a starting spot after one game of his college career and has three assists in three games. Special kid...

UNC plays Virginia Tech on Saturday night in a match that will be streamed on ESPN3.com

Jack Coleman - Defender - Duke University

Duke dropped a 2-1 result to Santa Clara but rebounded with a 2-1 win over Delware on Sunday in the John Rennie Nike Invitational. Coleman played 50+ minutes in both matches, starting Sunday's win over Delaware.

I'm just happy for Jack that he's back to playing consistent minutes after a tough, and somewhat lost freshman year at Indiana.

Duke travels to Virgina on Friday for their ACC opener before hosting Georgia State on Tuesday.

Skylar Hagan - Winger - Old Dominion University

ODU is 2-0 on the season and scored an impressive win over UCF in Florida last weekend. Hagan started the match, though the wonky box score system they use doesn't tell me much more than that.

Jacob Gerondale - Defender- IPFW

Gerondale did not feature in their 1-0 loss to marshall

Aaron Guillen - Defender - Florida Gulf Coast University

Guillen has started all three matches at central defender this season in his freshman year and played all 105 minutes in FGCU's overtime win over Bucknell

Mark Ashby - Defender - Harvard University

Harvard drew 1-1 with Umass and lost 1-0 to Northeastern with Ashby making his Harvard debut in the draw with Umass.

Nick Rochowski - Defender/Midfielder - University of New Mexico

The Lobos had their 23-match unbeaten streak ended with a loss to Tulsa on Friday but rebounded with the win over SMU on Sunday. Rochowski didn't feature in either match.

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