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A Comprehensive Look at New York Red Bulls Academy Players in College

The 2016 season is about to start up, and a lot of New York Red Bulls talent is playing along.

Scott Thomsen holds the National Championship high as Virginia lifts it in 2014.
Scott Thomsen holds the National Championship high as Virginia lifts it in 2014.
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College soccer's preseason is just kicking into gear and that means it's time to take a look at all the New York Red Bulls Academy talent in college. This year, over 50 former New York Red Bulls Academy players will be playing in the NCAA, with programs varying from Rutgers to Stanford and from Portland to Ohio State. We here at Once a Metro will attempt to keep you up to date on all the goings-on in college soccer this year; for now, here is a complete list of all the Red Bulls Academy graduates in college. (Players are ordered by class and then alphabetically):

Seniors:

Brandon Alvarado, Midfielder, Manhattan College *

Danny Bartok, Forward, Seton Hall *

Vincent Brunetti, Forward, Cornell

Oscar Gonzalez, Midfielder, Iona

Louie Maldonado, Defender, Columbia

Adam Najem, Midfielder, Akron #

Erik Sa, Midfielder, Rutgers

Eric Sugarman, Midfielder, Brown

Juniors:

Arun Basuljevic, Midfielder/Forward, Georgetown

Ethan Decker, Forward, Rutgers *

Steven Echevarria, Midfielder, Wake Forest

Michael Kapitula, Defender/Midfielder, Michigan *

Christopher Lema, Midfielder, Georgetown

Evan Louro, Goalkeeper, Michigan

Nate Odusote, Defender, Virginia

Kevin Politz, Defender, Wake Forest

Dante Perez. Midfielder/Forward, Rutgers

Harrison Steadman, Forward, UNC Charlotte

Billy Stevens, Defender, Michigan

Joseph Swenson, Midfielder, Penn

Alex Tejera, Forward, Siena

Brandon Tetro, Defender/Midfielder, Rutgers

Anthony Viteri, Midfielder, Boston University #

Sophomores:

Jerel Blades, Forward, Penn

Marcello Borges, Defender, Michigan ^

Sam Carter, Midfielder, Loyola Maryland

Malcolm Dixon, Forward, Portland

Stephen Elias, Forward, NC State

Chris Flores, Midfielder, Northeastern

Nick Giordano, Goalkeeper, Buffalo

Cameron Harr, Forward, Marist

Tomas Lapnas, Goalkeeper, George Mason

Ethan Lochner, Forward, Georgetown

Andrew Lombard, Defender, Ohio State ^

Henry Martin, Defender, Princeton

Gideon Metrikin, Midfielder, Penn

Conrad Nowowiejski, Midfielder, Binghamton

Juan Sebastian Sanchez, Forward, Tulsa

Gabriel Viana, Defender, ASA Institute

Wesley Wade, Forward, Virginia

Kyle Zajec, Midfielder, Georgetown

Freshmen:

Samad Bounthong, Midfielder, Marist

Kyle Casey, Forward, Stanford

Rodrigo D'Andrea, Forward, Brown

Mason Deeds, Defender, Georgetown

Wojciech Gajda, Goalkeeper, Stony Brook

Jared Gilbey, Midfielder, Stanford

Callum Johnson, Midfielder, Boston College

Cristian Martinez, Defender, Monmouth

Ryan Mingachos, Midfielder, George Mason

Kyle Perno, Defender, UCSB

Brian Saramago, Loyola Maryland

Barry Sharifi, Forward, Loyola Maryland

Sean Teixeria, Defender, Villanova

*- Red Shirt

#- Hermann Trophy Shortlist

^- US U20 National Team player

Here are some quick facts on New York Red Bulls Academy graduates distribution in college.

Class:

Seniors- 8

Juniors- 15

Sophomores- 18

Freshmen- 13

Position (for clarity, players listed as two players positions count for both):

Goalkeepers- 4

Defenders- 14

Midfielders- 22

Forwards- 17

Top five colleges/universities represented:

Georgetown- 5

Michigan- 4

Rutgers- 4

University of Pennsylvania- 3

Loyola Maryland- 3

College soccer, though not the pathway to the pros it once was, still produces some exceptional talent every year. In just the last year seven former RBNY Academy players have transitioned from college soccer to the pro game.

First-year pros with academy links:

Brandon Allen, Georgetown- New York Red Bulls/NYRBII

Mael Corboz, Maryland- Wilmington Hammerheads/transfer to Europe imminent

Derrick Etienne, Virginia- New York Red Bulls/NYRBII

Anthony Matarazzo, Columbia- Orlando City B

Alex Muyl, Georgetown- New York Red Bulls

Scott Thomsen, Virginia- Richmond Kickers

Chris Thorsheim, Bucknell- Middelfart BK

Please let us know if there is anyone we forgot.