Weston is one of the most diverse programs in USSDA with players from North, Central and South America calling the Florida club home.
Weston appointed former US Youth National Team Coach Thomas Rongen as the clubs Boys Technical Director in March. This signals clear intent to produce international level players.
Weston’s U17/18 squad in 2013/14 finished a disappointing 6th in the Southeast division. With a stellar crop of young talent, Weston FC has goals of winning at every level.
Weston U17/18s do not return a single player from last years squad. However, they’ll promote a tremendous group of ’97s from their U15/16 squad which took first place in the Southeast division last season.
The team is led by striker ’97 Alessandro Campoy who has been involved with the Haitian U20s over the last few months. Campoy enjoyed a break-out year with Weston last year, scoring 14 goals at the U15/16 level. Sources close to the Florida scene tell OWTY that Campoy is on a different level and should be in the professional ranks, sooner than later.
Campoy will partner will Weston’s 6-foot-0 Spanish-American striker ’97 Tomas Garcia-Morillo. Garcia-Morillo grabbed 10 goals last season for the U15/16s. He and Campoy are a very formidable strike force.
Venezuelan-American ’97 Ricardo Oliveros will be the most important piece of the Weston offense. Oliveros will play in behind the strikers most of the time but can also shift up top or out wide, depending on the team needs. Ricardo scored 13 goals last season for the U15/16 and should have no problem making the jump to the U17/18 level. Oliveros should bounce into the OWTY Top 100 fro 2015 rankings in the Fall.
Behind the offense will be former US U14 & U15 star ’97 Maximiliano Stiegwardt. Stiegwardt has been with Weston for a few years following successful stint with Minnesota Thunder. Stiegwardt has received lots of interest from German Academy sides over the last number of years. He’s a skill midfielder/defender who has an excellent football brain. Max can play anywhere in defense or in the defensive midfield role.
Stiegwardt will marshal a defense composed of a group of well-balanced players including, ’97 Dante Medina, ’97 Steven Ghitis and Colombian Sebastian Herreros. They will play in front of talented goalkepper ’97 Etan Mabourakh. The 6-foot-2 goalie is off to Penn in the Fall of 2015.
The U15/16s returning a four starters including Weston star ’98 Juandi Riley. Riley plays as a deep lying midfielder. Riley has been involved with the US Youth National pool and is one of the top US ’98s not at Residency.
Riley will be rejoined by ’98 Matias Barraza who will likely play in the #10 role and do a majority of the creating for the U15/16s. Brazilian Gregorio Ibanez and ’98 David Longo round out the top returners for Weston U15/16.
These four will be helped by the promotion of a solid group of ’99s including 99 Christian Koat. Koat is a player with good size and speed but it’s his inherent finishing ability that makes him so dangerous. Koat finished the 2013/14 season with 20 goals for the Weston U13/14s. With Barraza and Riley feeding him Captain Koat could really put himself on the map. Mexico’s Jesus Luna was productive with U13/14s last season, as was defender ’99 Luca Hansen.
The U15/16 also actively recruited the Florida market and were able to get ’98 Emmanuel Perez, a member of the US U17 National Team pool to join the club. Perez could have a big impact on the USSDA season. If he does look for him to become a bigger member of the US pool.
In net Weston will turn to ’99 Henry Mashburn.
Not many clubs have as much ’00 talent as Weston. The Florida club boasts US U14 stars ’00 Nico Garcia-Morillo and ’00 Jesus Sahagun.
Garcia-Morillo scored an impressive 28 goals last season with the U13/14 despite playing a year up. Sahagun is a classy midfielder who does not have stats that other midfielder have, but Jesus is highly valued in the US system.
Top defender ’00 Pablo Vargas is also back with the U13/14s.
Also watch for ’00 Liam Murphy, ’00 Jerry Edouard and ’00 Giancarlo Riccobono to make a big impression on the squad this year. ’01 Sebastian Serpa and ’01 Nicholas Hansen are also one’s to watch.
Absent form the roster is US U14 top prospect ’00 George Acosta who has many admires worldwide.
Club Captain :: Maximiliano Stiegwardt
Impact Player :: Ricardo Oliveras
Club Talisman :: Steven Ghitis
Club Star :: Juandi Riley
Defensive Stalwart :: Etan Mabourakh
Top Prospect :: Jesus Sahagun
Pro Prospect :: Alessandro Campy