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2014 college men's signings
February 8th, 2014 9:27PM

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[DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY] Players with ties to the Development Academy confirmed their collegiate choices Wednesday on National Signing Day. For those signings as listed by U.S. Soccer.

(Click here for updated listings of DA signings.)

Bethesda-Olney (18): Joseph Bogan (Lehigh), Karl Brown (Colgate), Brendan Burke (Navy), Joseph Conti (Massachusetts), Matt Danilack (Dartmouth), Jeremy Ebobisse (Duke), Zachary Fingerhut (Wake Forest), Chase Gasper (UCLA), Danny Kaiser (American), Ismail Lapp-Kamara (George Washington), Matthew Ledder (Georgetown), Carter Manley (Duke), Imad Mojaddidi (VCU), Daniel Mooney (Loyola, Md.), Christopher Osei-Wusu (George Washington), Jake Rozhansky (Virginia), Sam Schmidt (Winthrop), Bruno Scodari (Colgate)

Capital Area RailHawks Academy – CASL (14): Elijah Agu (Elon), Cody Brinkman (Duke), Ryan Cretens (UNC Wilmington), Daniel Davis (Davidson), Conor Donovan (N.C. State), Caleb Duvernay (N.C. State), Dre Fortune (Princeton), Hank Gauger (Wake Forest), Evan Krause (North Carolina), Kalvin Kromer (UNC Wilmington), Jason McCartney (Emory), Stevie Megaloudis (FIU), Nick Retzlaff (N.C. State), Matt Zinner (Tufts)

Chicago Magic PSG (13): Austin Abbott (Western), James Barkei (Loyola), Evan Brandon (Connecticut), Michael Catalano (Wisconsin), Brian Kane (Georgetown), Danny Kelly (Dayton), Connor McNulty (Western Michigan), Frank Moore (Indiana), Spencer Moore (Loras), Dzenan Nezirevic (Jacksonville), Andrija Novakovich (Marquette), Elliott Rubio (Akron), Grant Stoneman (Wisconsin)

Colorado Rapids (5): Jovanni Chavez (Liberty), Kortne Ford (Denver), Jacob Hanlin (Portland), Dakota Peterson (Drexel), Kurtis Young (Portland)

Crew Soccer Academy (11): Silankonet Bayo (Wright State), Aiden Bean (Dayton), Brady Blackwell (San Diego State), Joseph Cipicchio (Brown), Noah Hutchins (Kentucky), Elyas Ingram (Lake Forest), Nathan Kohl (Michigan), Michael McCloskey (Cincinnati), Andrew McKelvey (Kentucky), Hunter Robertson (Ohio State), John Schuman (Wake Forest)

Dallas Texans (6): Michael Brezovsky (Dayton), Hunter Harrison (Oregon State), Brandon Moore (Dayton), Jonathan Ramirez (Lipscomb), Jared Rice (Southern Methodist), Jordan Speed (Tulsa)

D.C. United (7): Julian Cummings (Virginia), Steven Gandy (Virginia), Josh Golob (Lafayette), Bashir Hooper (George Mason), Christian Kershaw (Marshall), Michael Monahan (N.J. Institute of Technology), Noah Pilato (Penn State)

De Anza Force (13): Brandon Berke (UC Santa Barbara), Nick Carroll (Cal Poly), Kamron Crow (San Francisco), Carlos Delgadillo (Santa Clara), Andrew Ferber (Carnegie Mellon), Mark Helfrich (California), Danya Kafai (Stanford), David Levitsky (Cal Poly), Ramiro Molina (Cal Poly), Sam Olson (Gonzaga), Tatsuya Otani (Lehigh), Aravind Sivakumar (California), Eloi Vasquez (California)

FC Dallas (8): Jordan Cano (SMU), Sebastian Gordillo (College of Charleston), Patrick Khouri (New Mexico), Cesar Murrillo (College of Charleston), Chris Reeves (Wake Forest), Troy Reeves (Liberty), Ethan Sonis (Central Florida), Wilfred Williams (Virginia Tech)

Houston Dynamo (12): Gabriel Camera (New Mexico), Michael Cusack (High Point), Matt Dorsey (New Mexico), Zach Jackson (Tulsa), Bryce Marion (Stanford), Albion Neziri (Florida Atlantic), Elo Ozumba (Northwestern), Irvin Ramirez (High Point), Daniel Rutter (Coastal Carolina), Louis Thomas (West Virginia), Emmanuel Usen (IUPUI), Garrett Welch (Southern Methodist)

New York Red Bulls (15): Arun Basuljevic (Georgetown), Gianni Carillo (Siena), Steven Echevarria (Wake Forest), Chris Lema (Georgetown), Evan Louro (Michigan), Nate Odusote (Virginia), Dante Perez (Rutgers), Kevin Politz (Wake Forest), Harrison Steadman (UNC Charlotte), Billy Stevens (Michigan), Joe Swenson (Connecticut), Alex Tejera (Siena), Brandon Tetro (Rutgers), Anthony Viteri (St. John’s), Dugan Zier (UC Santa Barbara)

Philadelphia Union (10): Patrick Berneski (Notre Dame), Brett Glasco (West Chester), Matthew Greer (Dartmouth), Eric Gutierrez (Philadelphia), Joe Harding (Fairfield), Bradford Jones (USF), Tyler Skwara (Boston College), Noah Snyder (Duke), Ryan Talbot (USF), Doyle Tuvesson (Lehigh)

PDA (15): Jake Areman (Maryland), Jordan Black (Fordham), Patrick Burd (Seton Hall), Josh Calderon (Iona), Brett Giuliana (Delaware), Neil Guzman (Rutgers), Kevin Kappock (Marist), Conlan Kemmerer (George Mason), Zach Knudson (N.C. State), Matthew Mangini (Princeton), Joe Ohaus (Duke), Leo Ohaus (Monmouth), Ryan Peterson (N.C. State), Chris Scian (Penn), Brian White (Duke)

Real Salt Lake AZ (6): Corey Baird (Stanford), Chase Bishov (Princeton), Tyler Buckley (Richmond International Academic & Soccer Acad.), Jack Gayton (Louisville), Sam Gleadle (New Mexico), Dillon Nino (Dayton)

San Jose Earthquakes (11): Bernardo Carabelli (Stetson), Bryce Clark (SMU), Luke Dennison (Chico State), Rodrigo Gonzalez (Yavapai), Alex Liua (UC Santa Barbara), Max Mirner (St. Mary’s), Josh Morton (California), Dominic Scotti (Wake Forest), Josh Totte (Yale), Dalton Pando (UC Santa Barbara), Juan Velasquez (Iowa Western)

St. Louis Scott Gallagher Metro (8): Kevin Birk (Missouri State), Tony Doellefeld (Tulsa), Desmond Dolphy (Evansville), Daniel Gardner (Bradley), Kyle Hamilton (Illinois-Springfield), Jake Laird (Missouri State), Lance Ramsey (SIU-Edwardsville), Ismael Serratos (Illinois-Springfield)

St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri (6): Tommy Barlow (Wisconsin), Zack Kavanaugh (Dayton), Keegan McHugh (SIU-Edwardsville), Austin Panchot (Indiana), Sam Scoles (Maryville), Mark Segbers (Wisconsin)

Texans SC Houston (7): Joshua Ayala (IUPUI), Flavio Bonavidez (Saint Louis), Andre Rivers-Hardware (Saint Louis), Albert Rocha (Tulsa), Jackson Shelledy (Colorado School of Mines), Harrison Veith (Central Arkansas), Christian Young (Saint Louis)


8 comments
  1. r h
    commented on: February 9, 2014 at 9:58 a.m.
    Areman committed to Maryland while at Matchfit, but apparently changed to PDA. He was a major commitment for Matchfit.

  1. Randy Vogt
    commented on: February 9, 2014 at 10:43 a.m.
    I thought a point of the US Development Academy would be that the players move on to pro soccer and the US National Team and not play college soccer, with its limitations on player development?

  1. Allan Lindh
    commented on: February 9, 2014 at 3:24 p.m.
    Dear Randy Vogt. Yes those poor lads who go on to excellent colleges, where they get a chance to grow up into accomplished, sophisticated, young men with a future, maybe even a college degree, such a sad fate. When of course they could have signed on to a 3rd or 4th division side, lived on peanuts 4 to a room, lived in dreams until, for the vast majority of them, they day came when they were cut lose or injured, the dreams came crashing down, and they were on the street, no education, no career, no college eligibility. But of course they can always learn to drive a beer truck. You don't have to worry about the one percent who really have a shot at a real soccer career, a future with the USMNT, they'll do just fine. As for the other 99%, they and there parents have made very wise choices. Youth soccer doesn't exist as a feeder system to pro soccer, it exists for the kids. The ones with extraordinary talent, they'll find their way to the right level. The other's are much better off in college, where the food is much better, and the girls are much cuter.

  1. Randy Vogt
    commented on: February 10, 2014 at 6:48 a.m.
    I am not questioning the merits of a college education for most people. I am questioning that since the Development Academy’s goal is to produce players for the USMNT plus prohibits its players from HS soccer, why it is promoting its players moving on to college soccer. It seems like a contradiction. A good barometer of its success would be how many players move on to MLS rosters. Tony Lepore said recently in Soccer America that 70 players currently are on MLS rosters. How many are in MLS who did not play in the Development Academy? It will be interesting to see how many players move on to the USMNT and where they cut their teeth.

  1. Bruce Gowan
    commented on: February 10, 2014 at 5:36 p.m.
    There are some interesting points in the previous posts. I will add that a question is if the goal of the academies is only to get them into a college then how many of these guys would have gotten on a college team without the academy. I believe most did not need the academy to get on a college team. ODP and club soccer was already getting these guys attention by the schools. Like all team sports the teams need the 99% to give the 1% an opportunity. I think the biggest benefit of the academies is to the coaches who get paid. When I first got started in youth soccer, coaching was about the passion for the sport now youth soccer has become a profession for the coaches and administrators.

  1. Aresenal Fan
    commented on: February 10, 2014 at 7:04 p.m.
    The DA is becoming the choice for players to get a scholarship to top soccer colleges. Many DA's actually promote the amount of players being placed at colleges. Marketing wise is the smartest thing to do, now they can justify the high amount of fees charged as an investment to a scholarship to a college.

  1. california dreamin
    commented on: February 11, 2014 at 8:18 p.m.
    I think it is ludicrous to think that the DA will be a conduit for many players to reach the pros. There are 130 D1 schools with 25 players per team or roughly 3200 men's players of which 40 went in the first two rounds of the 2014 MLS draft. The first 7-10 will make a living wage; everyone else might be making $35k/year and a very few will see a day on the field. Everyone dreams of being a Steve Birnbaum (drafted #2); where would he be if the injury he suffered his 4th year at Cal had been career ending. In the lower division MLS he would be driving a beer truck; at Cal he would have ended up with a degree. Tale of 10 players from Real So Cal DA 2010, third place team in the country in Academy Finals: goalkeepers went to Georgetown and Davidson, both are graduating with one I know going to med school, neither had extensive playing time; midfielders went to Cal State Northridge (had two great seasons, looked at as potential MLS material but not drafted), and Stanford (great student, medical school material but drafted #9 by San Jose and my guess is he is feeling his future out - can always go to graduate school); forwards went to CS Northridge (one still playing), UCSD and UCLA (drafted in 4th round by Portland); defenders are playing for CS Northridge (two in their last year, should have a lot of playing time this season) and one a regional All American at LMU with a shot at the MLS next year. This is the story of one of the best teams (of the players I know about)in the U.S. at age 18 in 2010: 10 college degrees, two players with a shot at the MLS this year, one next year. Interestingly the player drafted in the 4th round was considered a top flight player with pro potential at UCLA; the player drafted 9th did not jump onto the radar till this season; the player at LMU is making waves now. College is a great place for players to mature physically and emotionally, develop leadership skills, learn to deal with adversity. It is all player specific and most players don't reach maturity till there early 20's and need the time. Final thought: soccer will not reach European levels until players see a financial future in it, and then people who are drifting into basketball and football will end up on the pitch.

  1. california dreamin
    commented on: February 12, 2014 at 11:54 a.m.
    Missed one: defender went to Davidson, on and off starter, graduates this year. So 11 players all getting degrees. 2? (I am pretty sure) took redshirt year. 4 were NSCAA All West second team of which 2 went to MLS (from Stanford and UCLA, 1 not drafted (from CSUN), and 1 from LMU (next year final season).


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