Unsigned Showcases: Tri-State Boys Best XI

August 12, 2016

Our final stop of the summer always brings us to the Tri-State area. This year, we hosted our event at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey. Boys from clubs such as New York Red Bulls, NJCSA, Bethesda-Olney SC and many others took part in the event. Here are just some of the boys who performed well on the day.


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TDS Unsigned Showcase Tri-State Boys Best XI:


GK, William Zyckowski Jr., NJCSA (2019): Zyckowski is a quality keeper who is very agile, hardworking and showed great extension on his dives. He is powerfully built and a constant imposing force in the box. Zyckowski has tons of potential but should focus on continuing to become more vocal and demanding in his leadership role from the back.

D, Damian Searchwell, PDA (2019): Searchwell was constantly active on the day and always looked to find ways to be involved in play. He is very athletic and has a great work rate. Searchwell is sound defensively but looked even better when bombing forward to support the attack. He also has solid ball skills and always looks to keep possession for his team by playing smart, accurate passes.

D, Adrien Cushing, Bethesda-Olney SC (2019): Cushing is reliable in every sense of the word. He reads the play very well and anticipates where the ball is going to be. Cushing always communicates with his teammates, and is a strong leader from the center back position. In addition to solid ball skills, Cushing also showed great ability to utilize his quickness and strength to defend and win possession, even against larger attackers.

D, Jordan Bailon, New York Red Bulls (2018): Bailon is equally comfortable at outside back or on the wing. He is very pacy and gives any defender trouble on the dribble. Bailon has a clean first touch and ability to spot a pass. He is a very promising attack minded full back who has the intelligence and awareness to read the game and respond accordingly.

D, Matthew Ducusin, NJCSA (2018): Ducusin is a tenacious defender. His first touch is consistently clean and his second is always positive. He is rarely beaten in 50/50s. Ducusin is athletic and has a great spring to his jump, which negates any height disadvantage he may have against certain opponents. Ducusin is calm on the ball and has a great maturity to his game.

MF, Matthew O’Connell, Cedar Stars Pre-Academy (2017): O’Connell is an incredibly smooth midfielder. He does the simple things well, has a good touch, excellent positional awareness and has very good vision of the entire pitch. O’Connell is always busy and looking to get on the ball. When in possession, O’Connell consistently makes smart decisions and accurate passes.

MF, Anthony Amore, Match Fit Academy FC (2017): Amore is a quality left sided midfielder. He showed good range of passing and excellent accuracy on crosses. Amore’s first touch is consistently clean and in to smart space. He does not give the ball away cheaply in any area of the field. Amore also has an eye for an incisive pass.

MF, Sual Downes, Marlboro SC (2017): Downes is a speedy winger who has an extremely quick first step. He is able to make separation from any defender and makes them pay for it. Downes is good on the ball and showed the ability to create chances for himself off the dribble. He consistently looked to play quick one two’s and to find open space behind defenders. Downes best attribute is his deceptive speed.

MF, Justin Kochman, TSF Academy (2018): Kochman is a confident attacker who always looks to get forward to support his forwards. He has a strong shot and is definitely a threat from outside the box. He finds pockets of space to play in and is lethal in 1v1 situations. Kochman recognizes the times when he should dribble at defenders and when he should pass to teammates. Kochman has the speed and ability on the ball to excel as a winger or secondary striker.

F, Rudy Acree, Olney GBC (2018): Acree has excellent speed and constantly causes problems for the opposing defensive line. He looked best on the day when he started wide and made darting runs inside. Acree could be great as an outside forward in a 4-3-3 system. Acree showed the ability to beat his man down the line with pace or cut inside and beat him on the dribble. Acree is confident on the ball and has great potential.

F, Nick Kellarakos, BW Gottschee (2018): Kellarakos has very good movement up top and is always willing to defend from the front. He showed good finishing abilities and scored a lot of goals in the small sided session. He creates goal scoring opportunities for himself by forcing the defenders to make mistakes. Kellarakos has good size and should mature in to a quality center forward in college.


Honorable Mention

MF, Adrian Dilascio, NJCSA (2020): Dilascio was one of the youngest players on the day but never looked out of his element. He has all of the tools to become a top central midfielder. Dilascio has a clean first touch and also showed the ability to link up nicely with forwards.

MF, Jean Christian Guichard, Bethesda-Olney SC (2018): Guichard has good size, strength, and is incredibly versatile. He took up multiple positions throughout the day and always made a positive impact. With a bit more speed and fitness, he could become an excellent target man up top.

MF, Kyle Galloway, NJX (2017): Galloway showed a good understanding of the game and always looks to get close to the man on the ball to provide an outlet. In the full field games, he found it slightly difficult to constantly stay involved in play. Addressing his endurance would allow Galloway to take the next step forward in his game and become an active part of a college program in the future.

MF, John Dolan, South Jersey Academy FC (2017): Dolan had an excellent work rate all day. He is very strong and direct on the outside channels of the pitch. He showed good speed in open space. Dolan was occasional inconsistent in possession and can work on cleaning up his first touch.

MF, Joshua Breton-Jones, NJCSA (2017): Breton-Jones is an intelligent player who reads the game well. He provides smart options for his teammates to find him in open space and showed the ability to turn away and open the field. On the ball, Breton-Jones has a good first touch.


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