Former National Youth team members Matthew Woo Ling and Chase Hovious are slated to the join the Flames’ soccer roster for the upcoming 2016-17 academic year.
Woo Ling, a veteran of international play, has been a member of the both the Trindad and Tobago’s U17 and U20 national teams, while Hovious was part of the United States U14 team out of Carson, California. The two join fellow newcomer Rigo Rojas as part of the Liberty’s 2016 incoming class with national team experience. Rojas played for both the U15 and U17 United States National Teams.
Woo Ling, a midfielder, has represented his native Trinidad and Tobago in U17 and U20 World Cup qualifiers. In 2013, he was a member of the country’s U17 team that was one win away from appearing in the U17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.
Hailing from Port of Spain, Woo Ling played at St. Anthony’s College, where he was honored as one of the top five players in the Secondary School Football League. Woo Ling’s 2015 team was named Team of the Year for the secondary school league.
In 2010 and 2011, the midfielder was named his youth league’s Best Footballer, Most Promising and Most Disciplined.
Hovious, a forward, was listed by Topdrawersoccer.com as a three-star recruit and part of the Top 150 players in the Class 2016, after a standout prep career with the Clearwater Chargers Academy and Auburndale High School.
The Auburndale, Fla., native, who has ranked as high as No. 83 on Topdrawersoccer’s Top 150, was selected to the Region 3 Olympic Development Program (ODP) team trip to Guadalajara, Mexico and trained with FC Cologne Youth Academy team in 2011.
In addition, Hovious played in the Super Y League, where his Brandon FC Flames team won the 2011 U13 Super Y-League North American Finals championship and he was named to the All-Tournament team. The forward was selected to participate in the Super Y ODP camp that season.
This past year, Hovious garnered All-State recognition despite playing only 15 games at Auburndale High School, before enrolling at Liberty for the 2016 spring semester. The forward scored 25 goals and assisted on 20 others, placing him second in the nation in goals and points (70 points) and tied for the lead in assists. He was named first team all-county during his sophomore and senior years, while spending his junior season at the Clearwater Chargers Academy. He maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout his high school career.