Here is the Players To Watch Team of the Month in July for the Rocky Mountains & Southwest Region (Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada.
Remember, this feature is to honor top performers in their region over the past month or so and 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 .
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Following is the Boys List, in no particular order:
Maikon Orrellana, Real Salt Lake Academy U18 (AZ), Midfielder: Maikon appeared in all 25 of RSL-AZ’s games in the Academy this season, including 23 starts. The midfielder had a solid showing at the Academy Playoffs and Showcase netting 3 goals in the teams 4-0 win over Cal Odyssey. His consistent performance over the season earned him a spot on the Development Academy West Conference Starting XI team.
Maikon OrellanaJulio Alarcon, Real Salt Lake Academy U16 (AZ), Defender:
Alarcon's solid play throughout the Development Academy Season helped earn his team a number 18 in the Playoffs, spot in the Finals and a position on the U15/16 All-Academy Starting XI team. The defender was the only member of the All-Academy team at Finals Week.Ben Spencer, Real Salt Lake Academy U15/16 (AZ), Forward:
The forward showed well scoring 3 goals in Real Salt Lake AZ's run through the Development Academy Finals Week earlier this month. Isaiah Madrid, New Mexico Rush Nike 94 U17 (NM), Forward:
The forward scored the game winner with eight minutes to play to earn Rush the Region IV crown and a trip to the US Youth National Championship later this month.
Charles Klepac, New Mexico Rush Nike 94 U17 (NM), Forward:
Opened scoring for Rush in the 13 minute in the U17 finals of the Region IV Championships. Rush went on to win the title with a 2-1 victory over La Roca Premier 94. George Malki, Sereno 92 White U19 (AZ), Winger:
Malki returned to play the summer with Sereno after a freshman campaign at Cal Poly. George netted the game winner in the 40th minute of the Region IV Final over EastSide United FC Liverpool to earn his team a chance to play at the National Championships in front of a home crowd. Parker Dixon, La Roca Premier U17 (UT), Central Midfielder:
Netted an equalizer, and La Roca's only goal in his team’s 2-1 loss in the Region IV final game.Lucas Cawley, La Roca Premier FD U17 (UT), Forward:
Cawley had a stand out performance in the Region IV championships, leading his team to the Semi-Finals. He has been named to the RSL U17 team that will be playing in the Generations Adidas Cup in DallasSam Hickman, Inter FC 92 Premier, U19 (UT), Winger:
Hickman scored a hat trick in the final pool play game of the Region IV tournament, earning Inter FC a 2nd place finish in the group and trip to the Quarterfinals. Isaias Juarez, Real Salt Lake AZ U15/U16 (AZ), Winger:
Scored the game winner in the dramatic 8-7penalty kick finish against Real So Cal in the Third Place match of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy 2011 Finals Week.
Following is the Girls List, in no particular order:Caitlin Mortensen, Rio Vista FC 94 Eagles U17 (NM), Defender/Midfielder:
Earner the Eagles a spot in the Region IV finals after scoring the game winner in her teams 1-0 upset of the Legends of Southern California, the 2010 Region IV runner-up.
Taylor RitzmanJosee Jacobbellis, Sereno 98 White U13 (AZ), Forward:
Scored her teams only goal in their hard-fought 2-1 loss to Arsenal FC in the finals of the Region IV Championship
Lauren Heap, Real Colorado 92 U19 (CO), Defender:
Returning to play the summer with Real Colorado after a successful freshman campaign at Xavier
, Heap went on to score 2 goals, including the game winner, in the exciting under 19 Region IV Championship game.Molly Poletto, Colorado Rush '93 U18 (CO), Goalkeeper:
bound goalkeeper had an excellent showing in the Region IV tournament. Poletto saved the fifth and final shot in Rushs' 5-4 shootout victory over Real So Cal White in the finals, earning her team a trip to Nationals.
Kassandra Anderson, La Roca Premier DC U17 (UT), Forward: Anderson scored five goals and dished out six assists in her teams run through the Region IV President's Cup tournament. She continued her stellar play and went on to score the game winner in the US Youth National Presidents Cup Final match when La Roca beat Chicago's Ajax FC 3-0 to take the crown.
Taylor Ritzman, Sparta United U18 (UT), Forward: The Seattle signee scored a hat trick in Sparta’s final Region IV Championships game in a 5-1 victory over Neusport
Alex Anthony, Real Colorado National U16 (CO), Forward: Alex is a forward scored three goals in a 20 minute span during the second half of Real’s 4-1 Region IV Championships Quarterfinal win over Forza FC 95 Premier.
Danica Evans and Morgan Stanton, Colorado Rush Nike 94/95 U16 (CO): Evans scored her first of three goals in the Regional IV Quarterfinal match in the first minute. Evans went on to net 2 more goals before the end of the first half , followed by a goal by Stanton in the ‘56 to lead Rush to the Semifinals with a decisive 4-1 victory over Las Vegas Premier 95 White.
Brianna Toelle, Real Colorado National U16 (CO), Winger: Was one of 2 Real scorers contributing to the team’s 4-1 Regional Quarterfinal victory.
PLAYERS TO WATCH RANKINGS:
Boys Top 100: 2012 | 2013
Girls Top 100: 2012 | 2013
Regional Top 20: Boys | Girls
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TEAMRANK RANKINGS: Boys | Girls