Each Friday following the Monday release of an IMG Academy 150 update, we highlight eleven of the regionally ranked players from around the country for that class. All were recommended for their respective regional lists by our network of scouts and coaches.
Keep checking back here as the rankings will be published over the next couple of weeks.
GK Kristopher Shakes, Philadelphia Union – Shakes was a multi-year member of the Region III ODP team before joining Union’s U13/14 Development Academy for the 2015-16 season. In 2016, he travelled to Argentina as part of the ODP Interregional All-Star team.
D Jack Ratterman, SC Del Sol – Ratterman was named to the Best XI for the 2015 ODP Interregional as well as to the Region IV ODP Top 18 in January of 2016. His SC Del Sol U15 team was runner up in the USYS Arizona state championships.
D Scott Nicholson, Sacramento Republic – A center back who doesn’t mind going forward, Nicholson amassed five goals for Republic’s U14 Development Academy squad during the 2015-16 regular season, and added two more at the postseason showcase.
D Thomas Toney, GSA – Like Shakes, Toney was a member of the ODP Interregional team that travelled to Argentina in March. He is a member of the GSA 2001 team that finished third in the USYS National League Red Division, and is part of a backline that has conceded just three goals at the Region III Championships on its way to a spot in the final.
D Ivan Leon, Houston Dynamo – Leon was noted by TopDrawerSoccer for his performance in a come from behind win for the Dynamo against Crossfire Premier at the U14 showcase. During the regular season, he started 27 matches for Dynamo’s U13/14 Development Academy.
M Kaoru Fujiwara, New England Revolution – Fujiwara was selected for a US Club Soccer id2 camp in 2014, and has continued to progress, earning a starting spot on the Revolution’s U13/14 Development Academy team for the 2015-16 season.
M John Casey, Tampa Bay United – Casey was a standout in midfield on day 1 of the U14 Development Academy showcase in Frisco, and went on to help his team to a 3-0 record at the event. During the regular season, Casey started 22 of 24 matches for TBU.
M Cole Hendricks, Baltimore Armour – Brand new to Armour’s Development Academy, the defensive center mid helped Armour’s U15/16 Academy to a 1-0-2 record at the June showcase. Hendricks also played one match with Armour’s U17/18 Academy during the season.
M Sean Ryan, World Class FC – Ryan earned 21 starts and two goals on World Class’ U14 Development Academy during the 2015-16 season.
F Stefan Stojanovic, Sockers FC – You would think Stojanovic’s 26 goals for Sockers’ U14 Development Academy during the 2015-16 season would be enough to top the charts. But his stellar total ranks him just fourth behind Merced’s Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez, NYSC’s Jalen Anderson, and Placer’s Hunter George. Still, his five goal blowout at the Frisco showcase, including a hat trick against Ballistic United, was enough to place him on the TopDrawerSoccer Best XI list for the event.
F Camdem Starzyk, St. Louis Scott Gallagher – Starzyk started 21 matches for St. Louis Scott Gallagher’s U14 Development Academy during the 2015-16 regular season, scoring six goals.