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FC Dallas Academy/College player review: Week 5



The U18 and U16 academy faced off against local rivals Andromeda last weekend. The U18's moved to 2-0 on the season with a 3-2 victory. They were a goal down at halftime, but saw second half strikes from Daniel Garcia, Nick Rochowski and Mark Ashby winning the game 3-2. Richard Sanchez went 90 in goal while Jonathan Top did not play. 

The U16's also remained unbeaten but couldn't get past Andromeda tying 2-2. Both teams led in this game with Abdul Yassine and Jordan Cano tallied for FC Dallas. 

The Academy plays their first home game of the season on Sunday as they face off against Lonestar SC of Austin at Pizza Hut Park. If you can get a chance, I highly recommend getting out there for the U18 game to get a look at Lonestar forward Kekuta Manneh, the USSDA top scorer from last season. 

College Review

Jamie Ibarra(Goalkeeper) SMU Sophomore Ibarra is the current Conference USA defensive player of the week, recording a 3-save shutout against Cal State Northridge. On Sunday, Ibarra led the Mustangs to a 2-1 upset win at UCLA. Ibarra has started 7 games this season with a 5-2-0 record and .57 GAA...really great season so far from the young goalkeeper. SMU has an enormous home game tomorrow night against USF for those who can make it. 

Damian Rosales(Midfielder) - SMU Sophomore - Rosales went 62 minutes and assisted on the lone goal in the 1-0 win over CSUN. He also started and played 74 minutes in the 2-1 victory at UCLA. Rosales has become a first XI starter for SMU in a midfield that is ultra-talented. To be honest, I'm a little bit surprised as I never rated him that highly while on FC Dallas. Excited for his development though...

London Woodberry(Defense) - University of Maryland Junior The #3 Terps are off to their best start since 1968 at 9-0-1. Woodberry started both matches, a 2-0 win over Virginia Tech and a 3-1 win over #13 Charlotte. The Terps have shutout 5 of their 10 opponents this season. Woodberry is definitely one to keep an eye on, especially next year. He's a guy that will be an MLS prospect coming out of college next season and someone Dallas would certainly have a shot at signing. 

Jump for the rest including which player scored this past weekend



Bradlee Baladez(Forward) - University of South Carolina Sophomore Baladez and USC played their first conference game of the year at Memphis and found themselves 2-0 down in the second half. Baladez grabbed his second goal of the season in the 73rd to start the rally and the Gamecocks got 2 quick goals in the 85th and 86th to win a wild 3-2 game. Baladez has two goals and an assist in his 8 starts this season. 

Daniel Premenko(Defender Creighton Sophomore Creighton is the talk of the college soccer world right now undefeated and #2 overall. They travel to Maryland for a #2 vs #3 showdown. Premenko has not featured in a game this season. 

Boyd "OC" Okwuono(Defender) - University of North Carolina Freshman OC started both games this past week, shutout wins against Old Dominion and Virginia. Just a freshman starting all 9 games for a #4 North Carolina team that has shutout their last 4 games. No biggie. 

Jacob Gerondale(Defender) - IPFW Redshirt Freshman The Mastodons had a tough week losing to Belmont and Butler but drawing 2-2 with Lipscomb. Gerondale made his first start of the season in the 2-2 draw with Lipscomb

Jack Coleman(Defender/Midfielder) - Indiana Freshman Coleman did not play in the 6-0-2 Hoosiers 2-0 win at Rutgers or 1-0 win vs Penn State. I can't for the life of me figure out why he's not getting playing time. I rate Coleman higher than OC who is starting every game at UNC. If Coleman isn't injured and is struggling to crack the lineup at Indiana, that's a damn good team. 

Chris Figueroa(Midfielder SMU Sophomore Ineligible due to transferring from NC State

Skylar Hagan(Outside midfielder) - Old Dominon Freshman Hagan actually started in ODU's 3-0 loss to North Carolina and registered a shot on goal. This is a step forward for him as he wasn't really starting much. Hagan is an interesting potential late-bloomer to track for the next couple of years. 

Byron Knowles(Defender) - Lubbock Christian Freshman Knowles has started all eight games this season for the Chaps, registering one goal from his left back position.