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HS Boys: TDS Fall All-America

Article Written by Sheldon Shealer
Published: July 21, 2020

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The TopDrawerSoccer Fall All-America teams are selected from the 88 regional honorees and are compiled by TopDrawerSoccer with consultation with coaches and media members from around the country. Players from all 34 fall-playing soccer states are eligible for consideration.

TOPDRAWERSOCCER FIRST TEAM FALL ALL-AMERICA

FORWARDS

Sammed Bawa, Taft School (Watertown, Conn.), Sr.

The North Carolina signee was named the New England Soccer Journal Midfielder of the Year. An attacking player, Bawa finished with 21 goals and five assists while helping Taft School to a fourth straight Prep Class A semifinal appearance. He is one of the nation's most exciting young players and dazzled spectators at the Allstate All-America Game in August and later the High School All-America Game in December, where he scored a goal to give the East a short-lived 3-2 lead. Bawa is the No. 143 prospect in the Class of 2020 IMG Academy 150.

Jai Bean, South Kent School (South Kent, Conn.), Jr.

The Duke commit was named the New England Soccer Journal Player of the Year after leading South Kent School to a 19-0 season and a Prep Top 10 No. 1 ranking. The junior standout directly factored in 40 percent of South Kent's offense with 16 goals and 18 assists. Bean is the No. 192 prospect in the Class of 2021 IMG Academy 150, and certain to rise in the future as he makes a bid to be part of Bermuda's National Team player pool.

Babacar Niang, Pennington School (Pennington, N.J.), Jr.

The Wake Forest commit was named the Trentonian All-Prep Player of the Year. A high-level prospect, Niang factored in 29 goals during his junior season and made an early verbal to one of the nation's collegiate powers. Niang helped Pennington School to a familiar finish -- state runner-up to St. Benedict's Prep. He is the No. 64 prospect in the Class of 2021 IMG Academy 150.

MIDFIELDERS

Yaya Bakayoko, Martin Luther King (Manhattan, N.Y.), Sr.

The North Carolina signee scored 31 goals and had 40 assists as MLK rolled through the regular season before getting upset in the PSAL playoffs. During Bakayoko's time at MLK, he scored 74 goals and had 101 assists. He was a three-time All-Metro player and helped MLK to three PSAL titles. He was a midyear high school grad who was able to report to UNC early. Bakayoko is the No. 154 prospect in the Class of 2020 IMG Academy 150.

Joshua Bolma, South Kent School (South Kent, Conn.), Jr.

The Maryland commit was one of the more dominating players in the New England Prep scene. A midfielder by trade, Bolma spent more time on the wing during his junior season. The attention given to him by opponents opened opportunities for his teammates as South Kent School rolled up a 19-0 season and a Prep No. 1 ranking. Bolma finished with eight goals and 12 assists.  He is the No. 111 prospect in the Class of 2021 IMG Academy 150.

Jameson Charles, Washburn (Minneapolis, Minn.), Sr.

The North Carolina signee was part of a dangerous 1-2 punch at Washburn with Northwestern signee Darley Florvil, who was a TopDrawerSoccer All-Region selection. Charles, who is part of the Haitian Youth National Team player pool, was the Gatorade Minnesota Player of the Year following a 12-goal, 28-assist showing during his senior season. He was named West Co-MVP with Jony Munoz at the High School All-American Game in December. He is the No. 173 prospect in the Class of 2020 IMG Academy 150.

Jony Munoz, Olathe West (Olathe, Kan.), Sr.

The Liberty signee was selected as the Gatorade National Player of the Year. That honor came on the heels of being named the West Co-MVP at the High School All-American Game in December. He also earned Best XI honors at the Allstate All-America Game in August. In between, the former Development Academy and U.S. Under-16 National Team player helped Olathe West to a 20-1 record and a Class 6A state title. He scored 36 goals and assisted on 19. Munoz is the No. 135 prospect in the Class of 2020 IMG Academy 150.

Eduardo Rodrigues, Gateway Legacy Christian (Hazelwood, Mo.), Sr.

The Saint Louis signee helped Gateway Legacy make a splash on the national scene. The native of Brazil helped the program to a Prep Top 10 ranking in 2018 and then a SIMA FAB 50 finish in 2019 after the school affiliated with the Missouri state association. Rodrigues had 15 goals and 12 assists. While teammate Tiago Ramos returned to Brazil to pursue a pro career, Rodrigues is staying in the U.S. for college soccer and he is expected to be an impact freshman at SLU this fall. 

DEFENDERS

Caden Buckley, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.), Sr.

The Santa Clara signee was the Nevada Preps All-Southern Nevada Player of the Year after guiding Bishop Gorman to a 26-0-1 season, a Nevada 4A state title and a No. 16 SIMA Fall FAB 50 final ranking. Buckley was one of the standout performers at the High School All-American Game in December. He had seven goals and six assists, which included an assist in a 1-0 state final victory. Buckley is the No. 165 prospect in the Class of 2020 IMG Academy 150.

Cao Chaves, St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.), Sr.

The Jacksonville signee was the most dominant player on the SIMA Fall FAB 50 Co-No. 1 St. Benedict's Prep program. He helped the Gray Bees to a 19-0-1 season, tying only co-No. 1 St. Ignatius (Cleveland, Ohio). St. Benedict's allowed only six goals en route to a third straight FAB 50 national title. Chaves finished with four goals and 10 assists as a senior. He selected Jacksonville in order to play on the collegiate level with his twin brother, Lui. Cao Chaves is the No. 200 prospect in the Class of 2020 IMG Academy 150.

Jason Pereira, Seton Hall Prep (West Orange, N.J.), Sr.

The Providence signee was the NJ.com Player of the Year after leading Seton Hall Prep to a 22-1-1 season, a New Jersey Non-Public A state title and a SIMA Fall FAB 50 No. 14 final ranking. Pereira anchored a defense that posted 20 shutouts and allowed only six goals. Although a defensive specialist, Pereira got involved in the offense at key times, which included a game-winning goal in the county semifinals and an assist on the game-winner in the county final. 

GOALKEEPER

Khamari Hadaway, Northfield Mount Hermon (Gill, Mass.), Sr.

The Princeton signee was named the New England Soccer Journal Goalkeeper of the Year led Northfield Mount Hermon to the Prep Class A semifinals. The former DC United Academy and U.S. Under-17 National Team member, Hadaway posted 12 shutouts in 2019. His performance helped NMH jump into the elite among the nation's prep schools. He was the East Co-MVP at the High School All-American Game in December. Hadaway is the No. 172 prospect in the Class of 2020 IMG Academy 150.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Ron Eden, Brentwood (N.Y.)  

The veteran Brentwood coach lived a dream season in 2019. In his 40th year with Brentwood, he kept 40 players on the roster and ALL 40 got into the state final match as Brentwood rolled up a 4-0 win over Fairport. Brentwood ended the season with a 22-0 record and a SIMA Fall FAB 50 No. 3 ranking. Brentwood was the nation's highest-ranked public school team in the fall. This was Eden's 24th year as head coach of the program following a lengthy assistant career, and he sports a 385-60-24 record. 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jony Munoz, Olathe West

 

TOPDRAWERSOCCER SECOND TEAM FALL ALL-AMERICA

F Jack Finnegan Brother Rice (Ill.) Sr. Wisconsin
F Christian Kraus Rockwood Summit (Mo.) Sr. South Carolina
F Ty Konrad Naperville North (Ill.) Sr. Ohio State
F Erich Legut Waukesha West (Wis.) Sr. Saint Louis
M Benjamin Bender Calvert Hall (Md.) Sr. Maryland
M Parker Csiszar Medina (Ohio) Sr. Cleveland State
M Kyle Folds St. Ignatius (Ohio) Sr. Indiana
M Matthew McLaughlin St. Ignatius (Ohio) Sr. Notre Dame
D Pranav Jha Pingry School (N.J.) Sr. Georgetown
D Aidan O'Connor Forest Hills Northern (Mich.) Sr. Western Michigan
Mohammed Seidu South Kent School (Conn.) Jr.  
GK Grant Farley Gilman (Md.) Jr. Duke
 
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