2013 Boys Club Top players to watch
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- 1. Diego Fagundez
- M - New England Revolution, Leominster, Massachusettes
THE SKINNY: Highly skilled player who has already made his first team debut with the Revs. He has good pace that can stretch defenses and consistent finishing ability.
- 2. Zachary Pfeffer
- M - Philadelphia Union, Dresher, Pennsylvnia
THE SKINNY: The first homegrown signing by the Philadelphia Union, Pfeffer is a central midfielder with great passing ability, and is calm and smooth on the ball. Made his professional debut for the Union on Sept. 27, 2011.
- 3. Jack McBean
- F - L.A. Galaxy, Newport Beach, California
THE SKINNY: McBean?s physical presence, soft touch, and soccer smarts make him difficult to defend. The punishing striker found success in his MLS debut last year with a goal in his lone start against Houston Dynamo, but he still struggles to find minutes on the talented Galaxy roster in his second professional season. .
- 4. Paul Arriola
- F - U.S. U-17s, Chula Vista, California
THE SKINNY: The moments that define Arriola?s brilliance are not always flash and awe. The speedy forward?s technique is sound, and he strikes the ball as crisply as many veterans of the professional ranks. But truly, it is his quick burst of pace that makes him so coveted by colleges and professional teams.
- 5. Jordan Allen
- MF - Real Salt Lake (AZ), Rochester, New York
THE SKINNY: There are few who can match Allen for talent at the outside winger position, but none who can match him for toughness. The RSL-AZ playmaker has been described as one of the more difficult players to defend in 1v1 situations. With an advanced ability to beat defenders, the University of Virginia commit is on the fast track to a professional future.
- 6. Kellyn Acosta
- D - FC Dallas, Allen, Texas
THE SKINNY: An extremely versatile player with tremendous pace, Acosta was a member of the 2011 U.S. U17 World Cup team where he played left back. He's also played as a defensive midfielder for FC Dallas' youth team, where he can cover tremendous ground and link up play between defense and attack. Verbally committed to Maryland.
- 7. Adam Najem
- MF - New York Red Bulls, Clifton, New Jersey
THE SKINNY: Another technically gifted central midfielder, Najem pulls the strings in the final third, spotting open teammates and looking to deliver that final ball.
- 8. Collin Martin
- MF - D.C. United, Chevy Chase, Maryland
THE SKINNY: The prize possession of the D.C. Unite Academy, Martin is an attacking midfielder who excels at setting up his teammates almost as well as he can finish chances himself. Verbally committed to Wake Forest, he could end up testing the waters in pro ranks overseas.
- 9. Marco Delgado
- MF - Chivas USA, Glendora, California
THE SKINNY: Delgado delivers a tackle with venom, and zips the ball around the field with the leftover sting. Gifted with tremendous skill but smaller stature, Delgado has continuously outworked opponents on his way to earning a professional contract with Chivas USA. The talented teenager cannot debut with the first team until August per league rules, but Rojiblancos fans should eagerly await his impact in the center of the field.
- 10. William Raygoza
- MF - L.A. Galaxy, El Monte, California
THE SKINNY: The words silky, smooth, and dynamic typically follow when describing Raygoza?s game. The center midfielder has shone brightly with the LA Galaxy Academy for the past two seasons leading the club to multiple titles last season. As the heartbeat of the team, Raygoza?s vision has enabled many to flourish around him with superb passing and cunning movements.
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