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Players That Impressed May 28, 2019

Potomac Memorial Tournament 2019 Players That Impressed

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The following players in the U15-U18 boys age groups turned in impressive performances to help lead their teams to success in the Potomac and Chesapeake Divisions at the 2019 Potomac Memorial Tournament.

Players are identified from games watched by staff, and from coach and team manager submissions. Additional ‘Players That Impressed’ submissions will be reviewed and added to the list on a rolling basis.

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Potomac Memorial Tournament 2019:
Final Standings | College Coaches

Boniface Fatihou | Forward 
NY Stars Premier Galaxy U-15 (NY)

Caused problems for opposing defenses with his elite speed, strength and high work rate. Showed the ability to score in a variety of ways. Continued his dominance into Monday’s Final, leading NY Stars to the top division title.

Kamran Acito | Defender (NY)
NY Stars Premier Galaxy U-15

Anchored the back line as NY Stars stifled opponents in the top U-15 bracket, winning the title and allowing just 2 total goals over the course of 4 games. Worked calmly from his center back position, making smart passes with precision as NY Stars built possession out of the back.

Ronaldo Obieyi Fatohou | Goalkeeper
NY Stars Premier Galaxy U-15 (NY)

Provided a physical presence between the posts, keeping opponents off the scoreboard with strong clearances and timely saves when called upon. Averted danger on set pieces and crosses in the run of play with fast and decisive challenges, as NY Stars captured the U-15 Potomac Division title.

Douglas Abrego | Forward
SUSA EDP 04 U-15 (NY)

Usually the shortest player on the field, Abrego used his low center of gravity to his advantage, darting through opposing defenses with agility and quickness. Showed that he can score in tight spaces and make dangerous passes in the final third.

Michael Argenziano | Defender
SUSA EDP 04 U-15 (NY)

Played an active role on defense for SUSA as the team conceded only 3 goals over the course of 4 games, as they placed 2nd in the U-15 Potomac Division.

Diego Rived | Forward
Doral Elite U-15 (FL)

The centerpiece of Doral’s high-flying offense, Rived constantly put opponents on their heels by flashing toward the goal at exactly the right time, with or without the ball. Showed that he can finish in tight spaces, launching from distance, and even netted a ridiculous long-range chip.

Eli Conway | Midfielder
STA Morris United 04 U-15 (NJ)

Attacking-minded midfielder with excellent vision to set up teammates for scoring chances, and can shoot off the dribble from distance at a moment’s notice. Turned in a heroic performance in a group game against Doral Elite, highlighted by a sliding game-winner just before the whistle, capping off a dramatic 2nd half comeback.

Gabe Kuhn | Goalkeeper
Century V 03 Gold U-16 (PA)

Organized the Century V defense as they notched three clean sheet wins in a row during group play.

Zachary Nellas | Defender
Century V 03 Gold U-16 (PA)

Made numerous heads-up plays on the back line, as Century V earn three straight clean sheet victories to place 1st in Bracket A of the U-16 Potomac West Division.

Josh Noble | Midfielder
FC Copa Academy 03 National League U-16 (NJ)

Important member of the FC Copa Academy midfield, as they swept their 4 opponents in the U-16 Potomac West Division. He knocked in a header to help FC Copa earn a thrilling 2-1 comeback win in the title match against Century V.

Jake Gershon | Forward
FC Copa Academy 03 National League U-16 (NJ)

Came through in the clutch for FC Copa, scoring a critical equalizer late in the 2nd half of the U-16 Potomac West Division title match against Century V. Copa ultimately won the Final 2-1.

David Cadet | Forward
Lake Grove Newfield Dynamite U-16 (NY)

Speedy attacker with a knack for getting behind the defense. Works well in tight spaces, even with bigger defenders around him.

Samuel Hershey | Midfielder
HMMS Eagle FC 03 U-16 (PA)

Versatile player with the ability to contribute from multiple positions. When lined up in an attacking role, he is the team’s top scoring option. At 6-foot-2, Hershey is also a strong force in the defensive midfield.

Benjamin Zimmer | Midfielder
HMMS Eagle FC 03 U-16 (PA)

Covered a lot of ground in the midfield, playing at a high pace. Added to the tempo of the HMMS offense, helping find openings in the attacking third before the defense could close it up.

Santiago Frias | Defender
Sigma FC B2 U-16 (CND)

Captained the Sigma FC back line, leading them to a pair of clean sheets during their 3 games in the U-16 Potomac East Division.

Elijah St. Louis | Midfielder
Sigma FC B2 U-16 (CND)

Playmaker in the midfielder for Sigma FC, with a knack for making key runs and passes up the right flank, or up the middle. Served up a brilliant assist on one of the top highlight goals of the tournament, scored by Tristan Tucci.

Tristan Tucci | Forward
Sigma FC B2 U-16 (CND)

Provided one of the highlights of the weekend, netting a long-range volley which just tucked under the crossbar for a top shelf goal. Helped Sigma earn 2 wins over 3 games at the event.

Van Danielson | Midfielder
Baltimore Celtic Premier 03 U-16 (MD)

Scored a goal and assisted 2 more goals, helping Celtic post an undefeated 2-0-1 record in group play. They barely missed a chance to compete in the Final, placing 2nd in Bracket A on tiebreaker.

Alec Carey | Forward
Baltimore Celtic Premier 03 U-16 (MD)

Netted 2 of Celtic’s 5 goals during their unbeaten 2-0-1 run in the U-16 Potomac East Division.

Taha Kina | Defender
GPS Elite Red 02 U-17 (MA)

Leader of an absolutely dominant GPS Elite Red defense which cruised to 4 straight clean sheet victories, sweeping the U-17 Potomac East Division.

Alfonso De Vito | Goalkeeper
GPS Elite Red 02 U-17 (MA)

Came up with multiple important saves as GPS kept all four of their opponents off the scoreboard. Held strong during the championship match in particular, as GPS defeated NJ Stallions Academy 1-0, thanks to a late 2nd half game-winner.

Michael teDuits | Forward
GPS Elite Red 02 U-17 (MA)

Dangerous goal-scorer for a GPS Elite Red attack which racked up 10 goals during their perfect 4-0-0 run in the U-17 Potomac East Division.

Aydin Jay | Midfielder
GPS Elite Red 02 U-17 (MA)

Dynamic playmaker who created a variety of scoring opportunities for the GPS attack, as they hit opponents from all different angles. Always kept defenders guessing as to whether he would play the ball out wide, or attack up the middle.

Lucas Moreira | Defender
PSA National 02 U-17 (NJ)

Led the PSA National back line as they limited their first two group opponents to 1 total goal. PSA defeated Lighthouse Soccer 2-1, and notched a 3-0 clean sheet victory over Canadian side Sigma FC.

Sebastian Hernandez | Goalkeeper
Doral Elite U-17 (FL)

Showed his athleticism between the posts during Doral Elite’s championship run, making numerous difficult saves. Hernandez covered the goal from post-to-post, as Doral allowed only 1 goal in their 4 games at the Potomac Memorial Tournament.

Joaquin Arana | Defender
Doral Elite U-17 (FL)

Key member of Doral Elite’s high-energy defensive unit, which recorded three consecutive clean sheets on their way to the U-17 Potomac West Division title, after earning a 1-1 draw in their opening game.

Alex Krause | Forward
Baltimore Celtic 02 National League (MD)

Led the charge for the Baltimore Celtic offense as they captured the U-17 Chesapeake West Division title. Krause recorded a brace during their 4-1 rout of CT Rush Shoreline in the Final.

Femi Adu | Midfielder
Loudoun 01 Red U-18 (VA)

Played a central role in Loudoun’s success, consistently inserting himself at key moments on both offense and defense. Helped bottle up opposing offenses, and he opened up Loudoun’s attack by finding open passing lanes in the midfield.

Ethan Del Hierro | Forward
Loudoun 01 Red U-18 (VA)

Wore down opposing defenses with an array of moves and fakes, both on the dribble and off the ball with Loudoun’s offense on the move. Picked good moments to fire shots from distance himself, and passing to set up teammates for scoring chances.

Cesar Rivas | Midfielder
OBGC Rangers Blue U-18 (MD)

Worked hard to contribute anywhere he could, winning duels in the possession battle and facilitating through the passing game. Even stepped into the goal to make a critical save with his head on a scrum in the box, moments before OBGC scored an equalizer just before the final whistle in their 1-1 draw against Loudoun.

Andy Ram | Forward/Midfielder
Bethesda SC Blue 01 U-18 (MD)

Posed matchup problems for opposing defenses, as he has a height and strength advantage over many defenders. Helped Bethesda win 2-of-3 group games in the U-18 Potomac East Division.

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