As Andreas Herzog prepares for Olympic Qualifiers this fall he wants to make sure he knows all the assets he has at his disposal. With the college season starting soon, Herzog seeks to find out more about the best college players in the pool, calling in 28 players for a so called "College Identification" camp. Of the 28 players called in, three are New York Red Bulls Academy graduates.
Mael Corboz of Maryland, Adam Najem of Akron, and Alex Muyl of Georgetown were all called into camp after stellar college seasons, as well as featuring for the USL PDL semi-finalist New York Red Bulls U23 team. One notable omission is another Red Bulls Academy graduate, Georgetown rising sophomore and reigning "Freshman of the Year" Arun Basuljevic.
Corboz, a midfielder, enters his senior season at Maryland started all 22 games in his junior season, scoring 10 goals, while also being named First Team All-Big Ten. He has also been a part of the Red Bulls U23 team every summer for the last three years and recently trained with the first team.
Najem, also a midfielder, recently featured in a surprise return to the Red Bulls U23 team after appearing to start the PDL season with the Michigan Bucks. He's considered one of the Red Bulls' top prospects, and one of the very best players currently coming through the college ranks. The rising junior scored 14 goals while assisting on 4 more in his sophomore season to lead Akron to a 13-6-2 record, before the Zips bowed out in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Muyl, a forward, also recently trained with the first team during his time with the U23 team this summer. The Georgetown player comes into his junior year having led the team in assists last season with 6, on a team stacked with Red Bulls Academy talent including midfielder Christopher Lema, forward Brandon Allen, and the aforementioned Basuljevic.
GOALKEEPERS (4): Wade Hamilton (Cal Poly; Murrieta, Calif.), Jonathan Klinsmann (Cal; Newport Beach, Calif.), Kendall McIntosh (Santa Clara; Santa Rosa, Calif.), Andrew Tarbell (Clemson; Mandeville, La.).
DEFENDERS (9): Jonathan Campbell (North Carolina; Greensboro, N.C.), Alex Crognale (Maryland; Gahanna, Ohio), Chase Gasper (UCLA; Alexandria, Va.), Tomas Hilliard-Arce (Stanford, Matthews, N.C.), Grant Lillard (Indiana; Hinsdale, Ill.), Jakob Nerwinski (Connecticut; Lawrenceville, N.J.), Chris Odoi-Atsem (Maryland; Mitchellville, Md.), Sam Strong (UCSB; Santa Barbara, Calif.), Brandon Vincent (Stanford; Valencia, Calif.).
MIDFIELDERS (10): Corey Baird (Stanford; Escondido, Calif.). Andrew Brody (Lousiville; Orlando, Fla.), Mael Corboz (Maryland; Green Brook, N.J.), Niko Hansen (New Mexico; Sacramento, Calif.), Ian Harkes (Wake Forest; Fairfax, Va.), Patrick Hodan (Notre Dame; Brookfield, Wisc.), James Moberg (Washington; Winsdor, Calif.), Adam Najem (Akron; Clifton, N.J.), Keegan Rosenberry (Georgetown; Ronks, Pa.), Jake Rozhansky (Virginia; Germantown, Md.).
FORWARDS (5): Michael Gamble (Wake Forest; Columbia, Md.), Connor Maloney (Penn State; Harrisburg, Pa.), Alex Muyl (Georgetown; New York, N.Y.), Paul Salcedo (Cal; Inglewood, Calif.), Mac Steeves (Providence; Needham, Mass.).