We’re continuing our look back at the Development Academy Winter Showcase. We’ve already given you the top teams from the event, and today we take a look at some of the top performing players.
In no particular order:
James PyleAndre Simmond, Seacoast United – Really brings a strong work rate to every match. Simmond covers a lot of ground as a holding midfielder and plays with good intensity and passion.
Jack McBean, LA Galaxy – Was one of the top players in the U16 Select game and led his squad to three wins without a tie or defeat.
Bobby Edet, FC Dallas – Scored a hat-trick against the San Jose Earthquakes
Christian Carillo, Chivas USA – Was dangerous throughout the showcase. He netted four goals in the three games.
James Pyle, Charlotte Soccer Academy – Charlotte’s netminder allowed just one goal in three games.
Diego Fagundez, New England Revolution – A U.S. National Team pool player, this small but quick attacker is gifted with the ball at his feet. Scored three goals over the competition.
Reed ZaissNicholas Bacarella, Met Oval – Scored three times to lead his New York club to two wins during the wek.
Tarek Beckles, Albertson SC – A serious ball-winner who will out compete players who aren’t prepared.
Reed Zaiss, California Development Academy – Solid goalkeeper who brings stability to his team. He recorded two shutouts in three games.
Yaw Amankwa, D.C. United – Physically gifted attacker with speed and strength. U18
Aaron Dennis, Cosmos Academy East – Great size and smooth as ever with the ball. Dennis is the team’s leading striker, and excels at getting in good positions off the ball or making things happen on his own.
Maikon Orrellana, Real Salt Lake AZ - He scored four goals in a victory over IMG Soccer Academy. Need we say more?
Eriq Zavaleta, Real Salt Lake AZ –Tall and strong defender who helps to solidify the backline for this group.
Reed McKennaReed McKenna, San Diego Surf – He’s always been fast and deadly, but he showed off a toughness and physicality that could take him to another level. Teammates Zach DeVille and Keegan Smith also played well alongside him.
Javan Torre, Pateadores – Love his leadership and influence on his backline. A strong competitor.
Michael Gamble, Baltimore Bays Chelsea – He’s only one of the best players in the country. He showed well in the U16 Academy Select game though he was starring with his U18 team.
Kyle Baylis, Andromeda – Goalkeeper posted two shutouts to lead a dominant performance for Andromeda.
Villyan Bijev, Cal Odyssey – Produced the performance of the showcase when he went bananas during the U18 Select game. Headed to Washington next year, he’s got great height and instincts.
Cooper Vandermaas-Peeler, CASL – A definite elite level player with craftiness and play-making ability.
Dzenan CaticJordan McCrary, Concorde Fire – Has that rare combination of technical proficiency and athleticism. He was, at times, a magician in tight space.
Dzenan Catic, Derby County – Very technical and talented midfielder. He has great talent around him and knows how to leverage it.
Khai Celestin, Crew Soccer Academy – Had a coming out party against the Baltimore Bays. Lots of potential for this kid.
Maxxwell Bauman, Pateadores – Recorded four goals in three games to help his team finish undefeated and untied in three matches.
Baboucarr Jammeh, Colorado Rush AJ Auxerre – A native of Gambia, he scored in every match to put his stamp on the week.