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This just in:  We have IMG's National Youth Player of the Year!  Emmanuel Sabbi!

http://www.topdrawersoccer.com/club-soccer-articles/club-poty:-sanchez-sabbi-go-international_aid39013

Edit:  Reading it more closely, it appears this is only the author's suggestion... But a strong case can be made, given his scoring abilities.

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On Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 8:58 PM, wadszip said:

I'm just popping in here, like I do from time to time. I'm hardly a soccer guy, but have started to get into the sport some more (thanks to the Akron program). Is the kid from Medina expected to be a Zip?

Wadz, Mahalo for sneaking over to our side!  I believe John Nelson has already signed a pro contract in Europe.  Can anyone remind us with whom?

Edit:  From Tenn Zip:  I think Wadszip might have been asking about this young man....on the u-20 team

 

John Nelson (Internationals SC; Medina, OH),

 

if you were, John Nelson is a high school junior....and he is the #1 rated high school junior.  From what I have read, Nelson wants to play in Europe as soon as he is done with high school.  The top 7 or 8 ranked players in the country have all been bypassing college.  This year, Emmanuel Sabbi is ranked #11 or #13 (depending on ranking) and he is the 3rd highest ranked player that will be attending college.

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1 hour ago, TennZip said:

Nicholas Hinds is mentioned at the end of this article.  I am looking forward to watching Nicholas join the back line in the fall.

 

http://www.topdrawersoccer.com/college-soccer-articles/usl:-young-players-to-watch-in-2016_aid39019

As I understand it, Hinds is strictly an outside back.  He will not be challenging for either CB position.

 

What is his preferred foot?  It would be very nice were he a lefty.

 

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On 4/11/2016 at 7:35 AM, TennZip said:

UCLA's recruiter took the head job at U of Portland.  Will be interesting to see if Saucedo can recruit/produce without him.

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...Akron midfielder Adam Najem also earned votes from the coaches as player of the year. ...

 

...Incoming Zip Emmanuel Sabbi was selected as the favorite to be the Best Freshman in college soccer for the 2016 season by the coaches. Sabbi, a member of the U.S. U20 Men’s National Team, is slated to join Akron for the fall with some lofty expectations on his shoulders. ...

 

...Akron, Wake Forest and Stanford also earned votes as favorites for the title. ...


2016 TDS Division I Coaches’ Survey

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How can UNC, IU, and UVA be considered for "Breakout TOTY" when each has won a title within the past 5 years?

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Can't confirm, but I would think that Emmanuel Sabbi will be with Chicago Magic in this...

 

U.S. Soccer National Amateur Championship Kicks off Friday

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I can find almost no info on this event.

Emmanuel Sabbi is playing in Frisco, TX this week with the Chicago Magic in the Soccer Development Academy playoffs.

Emmanuel scored a goal last night in 2-2 tie.

next game is Friday night at 7;30 against Montreal

Congrats to Emmanuel on his goal.  I am looking forward to seeing this young man and the other zip recruits on Aug. 26 and 28....as the zips start on their road to a 2nd star.

 

http://www.ussoccerda.com/sam/standings/ss/view_game_report.php?eventId=2854845&teamId=1680716

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Congratulations to Jonathan Lewis.  Jonathan was written up on top drawer soccer for being one of the top players at the development academy playoffs in Frisco.

and oh, by the way....2 months from today...the zips will be having their home opener on August 26.  

 

http://www.topdrawersoccer.com/club-soccer-articles/da-playoffs:-notable-performers-on-friday_aid39361

 

F Jonathan Lewis, Kendall SC U18 – Lined up on the lefthand side of a 4-3-3, Lewis was in lethal goal-scoring form. He got credit for the first even if teammate Wilterlynd Inalien looked like he may have finished it, though there was no doubt about the second one. The Akron recruit looks prepared for the jump to Division I, running at defenders and cutting into he middle with a dangerous regularity.

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http://www.topdrawersoccer.com/club-soccer-articles/players-to-watch-at-the-u20-ntc-tourney_aid39387?utm_source=TopDrawerSoccer+Newsletter&utm_campaign=7a5345f1e1-General_6_29_16&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8340315a79-7a5345f1e1-32963477

 

 

I am looking forward to seeing all of the zip recruits....Jeremy Pollard, Jonathan Lewis, Nicholas Hinds, Reggie Laryea, Jesus Perez and at least 5 others...

the article above once again prominently mentions Emmanuel Sabbi.   Looking forward to  the regular season home opener on aug. 26

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On 6/29/2016 at 1:24 PM, TennZip said:

http://www.topdrawersoccer.com/club-soccer-articles/players-to-watch-at-the-u20-ntc-tourney_aid39387?utm_source=TopDrawerSoccer+Newsletter&utm_campaign=7a5345f1e1-General_6_29_16&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8340315a79-7a5345f1e1-32963477

 

 

I am looking forward to seeing all of the zip recruits....Jeremy Pollard, Jonathan Lewis, Nicholas Hinds, Reggie Laryea, Jesus Perez and at least 5 others...

the article above once again prominently mentions Emmanuel Sabbi.   Looking forward to  the regular season home opener on aug. 26

 

Emmanuel Sabbi

Finally, we come to Sabbi. Maybe the best player on this roster, and almost certainly the best forward.

In an attacking sense, the U20s will probably be heavily reliant on Sabbi at next year’s U20 World Cup barring something unforeseen. He’s one of the few players in this group you can pick out as a sure pick for 2017, and at least right now there isn’t a better forward in the U20 pool. He’s uniquely talented on ball, can work his way around central defenders with his own movement and is positively lethal in the box.

The question with Sabbi is always service. He can create for himself, but he needs a central attacking midfielder to push him into more dangerous positions since he has a tendency to drift. Whether that’s FC Dallas’ Weston McKennie or rising UCLA sophomore Jackson Yueill or maybe even Akale, keep an eye out for who’s doing the majority of feeding on Sabbi’s shots. It matters.

All the nuts and bolts aside, Sabbi is earmarked for big things in U.S. Soccer. He has the potential to be a special striker with as varied and unique a skill set as any No. 9 in the system. After a strong Dallas Cup with the U20s earlier this year, we’ll see if the NTC is the venue where Sabbi becomes an even bigger name than he is now.

 

I'm looking forward to seeing Emmanuel Sabbi hook up with the midfield talent we have as well as our other forwards.

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4 hours ago, Zip_ME87 said:

 

Emmanuel Sabbi

Finally, we come to Sabbi. Maybe the best player on this roster, and almost certainly the best forward.

In an attacking sense, the U20s will probably be heavily reliant on Sabbi at next year’s U20 World Cup barring something unforeseen. He’s one of the few players in this group you can pick out as a sure pick for 2017, and at least right now there isn’t a better forward in the U20 pool. He’s uniquely talented on ball, can work his way around central defenders with his own movement and is positively lethal in the box.

The question with Sabbi is always service. He can create for himself, but he needs a central attacking midfielder to push him into more dangerous positions since he has a tendency to drift. Whether that’s FC Dallas’ Weston McKennie or rising UCLA sophomore Jackson Yueill or maybe even Akale, keep an eye out for who’s doing the majority of feeding on Sabbi’s shots. It matters.

All the nuts and bolts aside, Sabbi is earmarked for big things in U.S. Soccer. He has the potential to be a special striker with as varied and unique a skill set as any No. 9 in the system. After a strong Dallas Cup with the U20s earlier this year, we’ll see if the NTC is the venue where Sabbi becomes an even bigger name than he is now.

 

I'm looking forward to seeing Emmanuel Sabbi hook up with the midfield talent we have as well as our other forwards.

Central Attacking Midfielder?  We had a guy just like that last year.  Oh yeah, his new name is AN10.  And he is coming back, in a big m@th$rf*(%ing way!  Believe!

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3 hours ago, zippyfan34 said:

Zips add a Korb and a big German GK to the 2016 class

 

Assuming Korb is related to Chirs and is transferring after 3 years at Mercyhurst.

 

Interested to see which GK starts in goal for us this year.

 

http://hurstathletics.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=6841

 

Interesting the number of GKs we now have...Rubio, Pollard, Costa, Saunders, Lundt  (Gotta get a German flag now.)

Strike that ... Rubio transferred to Utah Valley University back in June.

 

In addition to USA, players from Canada (2), Brasil (2), Portugal (2), Spain, England, Germany, Israel, Cameroon, Eritrea, Australia, New Zealand, and a coach from Ireland.

Strike that, too...Looks like Adi Dakwar is gone, too.

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GoZips must be a little behind. Lundt and Korb have been added to the roster along with Pollard and Crawford, who both joined in the Spring, but the remaining recruits have not yet been added. Also, Cregan, Rubio, and Dakwar removed.  http://www.gozips.com/sports/msoc/2016-17/roster?sort=last_name

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ME87, thanks for the excellent analysis on the roster and researching the players that have moved on.  Less than a month from now, Coach Jared and Coach Leo will be on the field with the players listed on the roster and many, many very talented newcomers.   Akron Zips soccer will continue to be a shining light for the university.

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On 3/25/2016 at 11:31 AM, fknbuflobo said:

As I understand it, Hinds is strictly an outside back.  He will not be challenging for either CB position.

 

What is his preferred foot?  It would be very nice were he a lefty.

 

 

http://www.soundersfc.com/post/2016/06/24/seattle-sounders-make-academy-development-priority-s2

 

   fknbuflobo....you asked a good question on March 25....the above June 24 Sounders FC.....tells us which side that zip recruit Nicholas Hinds is playing for the sounders

  snippet where Nicholas is mentioned

Additionally, U-18 USYNT outside back Nicholas Hinds continues to impress supporters with his blistering pace on the left side of the back four.

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2 hours ago, Zip_ME87 said:

 

Great "tweets".....Looking forward to seeing this excellent midfielder on Cub Cadet field.

 

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