Here is the Team of the Month for the Northeast Region (Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts).
Remember, this feature is to honor top performers in their region across the span of age groups. There will be a boys' list and a girls' list, and a new region will be covered every weekday, Tuesday through Friday of each month. You can submit nominations at email@example.com.
Here is the Boys list, in no particular order.
Devin Devoy, New England Revolution Academy U16 (MA), Forward/Midfield: In first of two games to close out the regular Academy season, Devin Devoy scored the first goal in a 3-1 victory against Oakwood SC. After a scoreless first half Devoy put the Revs ahead in the 63rd minute, beating the Oakwood goalkeeper from a tight angle.
Diego Fagundez, New England Revolution Academy U16 (MA), Forward: Back in the Academy line up after MLS Reserve Division duty the day before, Diego scored two goals and added three assists in the first half of the Rev U16’s 7-0 win against South Central Premier.
Ramiro Osorio, Seacoast United U16 Academy, Forward: Ramiro and the Seacoast United U16 U.S. Soccer Development Academy team travelled to England to take part in 2 friendlies and the Four Nations. Ramiro showed extremely well scoring four goals in five matches including two goals that brought Seacoast back from an 0-2 deficit against England. Ramiro drilled a spectacular 30 yard strike and then leveled with a 25 yard free kick curled into the top of the goal providing the draw to end the match.
Charlie Defeo, Seacoast United U16 Academy, Midfield/Defender: Against Wales in game two of the Four Nations Tournament, Charlie stood out posting the first two goals in a 3-0 win against a very physical Wales side. At 15 minutes, Charlie went past two defenders easily and smashed the ball into the opposite corner of the goal with his left foot. Just before half time, Defeo acted on a perfectly delivered corner leaping above the keeper’s outstretched hands and hitting a bullet header into the top corner.
Jonathan Palmer, Greenwich United Premier U15 (CT): Jonathan scored the lone goal in the first half to bring home the 35th annual Memorial Day Invitational Tournament in Needham, Mass., winning the championship game 1-0 against Far Post SC of Vermont to bring his total to four goals in regulation at the tournament.
Santi Irigoyen, Greenwich United Premier U15 (CT), Goalkeeper: Over the course of the 35th annual Memorial Day Invitational Tournament in Needham, Mass tournament, Irigoyen made a number of incredible saves including diving one-handed deflections and stops on breakaways. Santi posted three shutouts, including the Championship game and a penalty kick shootout win in the semifinals.
Lobsang Tenzin, Burlington Catamounts/Queen City FC U16 (NH), Forward: Lobsang has been a dangerous forward for the Catamounts/QCFC U-16 boys. He leads the team in scoring with 9 goals and 5 assists in 12 official games. Lobsang started the season off strong as a goal scorer with 5 goals in 5 games, but as teams learned of his skills he has developed into a great passer as well. In the past month, over a 7 game stretch, Lobsang scored 4 (including a hat trick vs Jr. Voltage) of his 9 goals and dished out all of his 5 assists on the season as teams have begun to pay more attention to him.
Yusuf Mohammed, Burlington Catamounts/Queen City FC U16 (NH), Defense: Yusuf has developed into the strongest marking back for the Catamounts/QCFC U16 boys team. He is put on the opposing team’s strongest offensive player and shuts them down with ease. Lately, Yusuf has developed into a scoring threat on free kicks striking for two huge free kick goals in recent games (most notably a goal vs Odyssey NY that propelled Catamounts/QCFC into the knockout stage of the Nordic Cup and gave the team a 1-0 victory). Over the past month his tight defense has helped in shutting teams down, and Yusuf has also helped out on the offensive side with 2 goals and 2 assists in 7 games as he is able to play penetrating balls from the back to his team’s strikers.
Ismail Temirov, Burlington Catamounts/Queen City FC U16 (NH), Midfield: Ismail is “the coal that makes the engine run” for the Burlington Catamounts/QCFC Boys U-16 club. Ismail controls the way the team plays with his leadership and command for the ball. As a center midfielder in a 4-3-3, Ismail controls the tempo and position for his team. While he may not have overwhelming stats, Ismail wins the ball that leads to the assist for a goal, or makes that assist to the assist that leads to a goal. Ismail also carries a heavy load in terms of minutes on the team seeing about 75-80 minutes a game on average. Over the past month, Ismail has racked up 3 goals and an assist in 7 games.
Alejandro Tobon, West Hartford YSA U16 (CT), Forward: In final of the Connecticut Cup vs. Norwalk, West Hartford U16’s Alejandro Tobon scored first to put West Hartford up 1-0. Norwalk equalized with 1:32 to go in the game forcing overtime. With under a minute left to go in OT, Tobon knocked in a beautiful header giving West Hartford a 2-1 win and sole possession of the boys U16 Connecticut Cup.
Percy Algarate, West Hartford YSA U15 (CT), Forward/Midfield: Percy Algarate scored the two goals for West Hartford YSA U15 boys who went on to beat Simsbury 3-2 and win the U15 Connecticut Cup.
Blake Begnoche, Synergy FC U18, Defender: Blake Begnoche will continue his soccer and scholastic career as a University of Vermont Wildcat. The 5-8 155lb. defender was the captain of the U-18 Synergy FC Team that won numerous Vermont State Cup Championships and competed against many of the top club teams in the nation at the Disney Showcase and U.S. Soccer Regionals. Begnoche also played a pivotal role at Milton (VT) High School, leading the Yellowjackets to the Division II State Semifinals.
Here is the Girls list, in no particular order.
Morgan Andrews, FC Stars of Massachusetts U18 (MA) (ECNL), Midfield: In the recent Massachusetts state cup run, Morgan scored in every game including two hat tricks. The final game of the state cup series, Morgan scored 3 goals in a 3-0 victory over the Scorpion Elite ECNL. Immediately after that game, Morgan went on to her WPSL game, playing for the Aztec U23's and assisted in the only goal in a 1-0 win over Ct. FSA Red. Morgan has also been selected to the Elite Clubs National League 17-player roster for the 2011 ECNL/id2 International Tour this August in London, England.
Hayley Dowd and Corey Persson, Forwards, FC Stars of Massachusetts U17 (MA) (ECNL): Haley and Corey have been named on the 17-player roster that will represent the ECNL in the 2011 ECNL/id2 International Tour, August 8-15, 2011 in London, England. The 2011 ECNL/id2 International Tour will include games against top European Clubs, including Arsenal and Fulham, and training sessions at some of the top youth academies in the world.
Brittany Pfaff, Far Post Soccer Club (VT) U19, Forward: Brittany guided the FPSC U19 girls to the Championship at Nordic Cup and will lead the squad at Regionals. Brittany, a prolific goal scorer in her history with FPSC scored 15 goals in 2 VSL games and 4 games at the Nordic Cup.
Charlotte Stuart, Far Post Soccer Club (VT), U15, Midfield / Defense: Charlotte led her FPSC U15G’s squad to the 2011 Vermont State Cup and Nordic Cup Championship. Charlotte is a dominant force in the midfield who is not only the team’s play maker but she can go strong to goal posting 5 assists and 6 goals in recent play.
Laura Moore, Far Post Soccer Club (VT), U16, Midfield / Defense: Laura’s defensive and leadership skills were the backbone of the Far Post SC U16 girl’s march to the 2011 Vermont State Cup and Nordic Cup Championship. Laura both took the lead and anchored the powerful FPSC defense that allowed on 3 goals in cup and tournament play.
Bryn Philibert, Far Post Soccer Club (VT), U19, Goalkeeper: Bryn is considered one of, if not the top women’s goal keeper Top GK in the state of Vermont. Bryn led the FPSC ladies to victory at Nordic Cup and will start in goal Regionals. The extremely athletic and talented keeper has allowed only 2 goals in the last month of play.
Iris Dayton, Far Post Soccer Club U16 (VT), PDA Crush (NJ), Midfield: Iris plays midfield for the nationally ranked PDA Crush but she also participated with the Far Post Soccer Club U16G’s at the Nordic Cup. Her anchoring of the defensive midfield, great vision and ball control led FPSC to the Cup Championship.
Cassandra Murano, Seacoast United U17 (ME), Defensive Back: Cassandra is a great player who is consistently committed to improving her game. She is the anchor for the Seacoast U17G’s defense but she also excels as a transitional back making great runs towards goal or using her excellent field vision and pin point passing skills to set up the offensive attack.
Libby Thomas, Emily Master, Kiersten Turner Seacoast United U17 (ME), Center Midfielders: You cannot talk about one of these midfield specialists without mentioning the other two. The trio of Seacoast United U17G’s midfielder possess a special chemistry that equals one cohesive midfield powerhouse – hard for an opposing offense to run through an equally as hard for their defenses to stop. Emily and Libby work in tandem communicating and controlling the midfield both defensively and offensively to create space and opportunity in which Kiersten and the Seacoast offense can move freely to initiate the attack.
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