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In the club's ongoing effort to keep you, the supporters of the club, as up to date as possible with what is going on with the first team and beyond, below in a weekly update on how the Red Bull Academy products are fairing playing for their respective collegiate sides.  Academy products are translating the success they had in the Academy system to the collegiate level.  Below is the update though matches of Monday, November 8, as some seasons ended, and others prepare for their conference tournaments.

There are 37 Academy products playing collegiate soccer, representing 18 Universities, incuding several in the national polls.

Issa Tall- Adelphi - The Panthers delivered another shutout performance this week, defeating Columbia, 3-0 before closing out the regular season with a 1-1 draw against Houston Baptist.  Tall had a great match against Columbia, scoring his fourth goal and first assist of the season. Tall and the Panthers will host the ASC playoffs on November 11 through the 14 as the #2 seed.

Sacir Hot- Boston College- The #20 Eagles faced Virginia Tech this week in their final regular season match. They defeated the Hokies by a score of 3-1 to propel them into the ACC Tournament where they will face Duke on November 10 in North Carolina. Hot, in his eighth start, scored his second goal of the season.

David Najem – Columbia Columbia faced Adelphi and Harvard this week coming up with a loss (0-3) and a win (1-0) respectively. Columbia will end their regular season this week with a home match against Cornell at Columbia Soccer Stadium on November 13. In the match against Harvard, Najem scored his third goal of the season.   Najem was named the Ivy League Men's Soccer Rookie of the Week for his game-winning goal against Harvard.

Brandon Paul – DelawareThe Blue Hens had a tremendous week as they beat out VCU to secure a spot in the CAA Tournament. Paul was perfect in the match, making five saves to earn the shutout. #4 Delaware will face #1 William & Mary on November 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the semifinals of the CAA Tournament. The winner of that match will face the winner of #3 Hofstra and #2 VCU who play at 5 p.m. the same day.

Michael O’Keefe – Fairfield Fairfield closed out their season this week with two 1-0 wins over Loyola and Rider. The Stags finish the season with a 6-7-5 overall record and went 5-4 in the MAAC. Even with the two wins, they were still not able to qualify for the postseason. O’Keefe finished the season with five clean sheets and 82 saves in his 18 starts.

Matt Uy – FairfieldFairfield closed out their season this week with two 1-0 wins over Loyola and Rider.  Uy scored the game-winner from the penalty spot in the win over Rider The Stags finish the season with a 6-7-5 overall record and went 5-4 in the MAAC. Even with the two wins, they were still not able to qualify for the postseason.

Jon Gonzalez – FDU- In the Knights’ match against Sacred Heart, the two teams came to a 0-0 draw to end the regular season. With the tie, the Knights have secured a spot in the NEC playoffs. The tournament will run from November 12 through November 14. FDU’s match has not yet been announced.

Jason Wells – FDU- In the Knights’ match against Sacred Heart, the two teams came to a 0-0 draw to end the regular season. With the tie, the Knights have secured a spot in the NEC playoffs. The tournament will run from November 12 through November 14. FDU’s match has not yet been announced.

Steven Amaya – HartwickHartwick fell in their last match of the season to #2 Akron by a score of 1-2. The Hawks’ season ended with a 2-14-1 record overall and a 1-5 record in the MAC. Amaya, in his senior campaign, tallied four goals, one assist, and started every match for the Hawks.

Sam Adjei – IonaAfter two wins this week over Rider (3-1) and Loyola (Md.) (2-0), the Gaels will advance to the MAAC Championship Tournament on November 12 when they will face #2 Siena as the #3 seed. The match will take place in Baltimore and will begin at 3 p.m.  In the match against Rider, Adjei scored a goal and an assist for the Gaels.

Mario Rios – Iona After two wins this week over Rider (3-1) and Loyola (Md.) (2-0), the Gaels will advance to the MAAC Championship Tournament on November 12 when they will face #2 Siena as the #3 seed. The match will take place in Baltimore and will begin at 3 p.m.  Against Rider, Rios registered an assist for the Gaels.

Matt Kassell – MarylandAfter two shutouts in their finals regular season matches against William & Mary and Coastal Carolina, the Terps will advance to the ACC Men’s Soccer Championship Tournament in Cary, North Carolina. They will begin the tournament by facing Clemson on November 10. Kassell was an important component of the Terps offense, scoring a goal in the final regular season match against Coastal Carolina.

Widner Saint Cyr – MarylandAfter two shutouts in their finals regular season matches against William & Mary and Coastal Carolina, the Terps will advance to the ACC Men’s Soccer Championship Tournament in Cary, North Carolina.  They will begin the tournament by facing Clemson on November 10.

Kadeem Dacres – Mercer Mercer saw their season come to an end as Monroe (Bronx) went on to win the District Championship. After winning 1-0 in a match against Monroe (Rochester), Mercer advanced to the Championship match but failed to score a goal in the 0-3 loss.

Sheldon Parkinson – Mercer Mercer saw their season come to an end as Monroe (Bronx) went on to win the District Championship. After winning 1-0 in a match against Monroe (Rochester), Mercer advanced to the Championship match but failed to score a goal in the 0-3 loss.

Frank Tweneboa – Mercer Mercer saw their season come to an end as Monroe (Bronx) went on to win the District Championship. After winning 1-0 in a match against Monroe (Rochester), Mercer advanced to the Championship match but failed to score a goal in the 0-3 loss.

Dylan Mencia – MichiganIn their final match of the regular season, the Wolverines pulled out a victory against Big Ten rival, Northwestern on the road, winning 4-2. Michigan will face a tough challenge with their first match in the Big Ten Tournament coming against in-state rival, Michigan State on November 11.

Cesar Blacido – Monmouth  #11 Monmouth ended their regular season in a stalemate with two double overtime draws with Mount St. Mary’s and Quinnipiac. Despite these draws, the Hawks will continue their hunt for a National Title this week as they face #4 seed Farleigh Dickinson on November 12.

Anthony Vazquez – Monmouth - #11 Monmouth ended their regular season in a stalemate with two double overtime draws with Mount St. Mary’s and Quinnipiac. Despite these draws, the Hawks will continue their hunt for a National Title this week as they face #4 seed Farleigh Dickinson on November 12.

Nick Gendron – NorthwesternNorthwestern fell in their final regular season match to Michigan, but will advance to the Big Ten Tournament on November 11. The Wildcats will face Penn state at 2 p.m on the road. Gendron recorded his first assist on the season against Michigan and will look to continue as an offensive threat into the postseason.

Walter Hines – St John’s St. John’s fell to Marquette, 3-1, in the first round of the Big East Tournament, ending the Red Storm’s season after compiling a 10-6-2 record.  Hines scored the lone goal for St. John’s in the match as a starter.  St. John’s is hopeful of earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Conner Lade – St John’s St. John’s fell to Marquette, 3-1, in the first round of the Big East Tournament, ending the Red Storm’s season after compiling a 10-6-2 record.  Lade recorded one shot during the match as a starter.  St. John’s is hopeful of earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

John Tardy – St John’s St. John’s fell to Marquette, 3-1, in the first round of the Big East Tournament, ending the Red Storm’s season after compiling a 10-6-2 record.  Lade started the match for the Red Storm.  St. John’s is hopeful of earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Kevin Garcia – Villanova – Villanova’s season came to an end with a 3-0 loss to Providence in the first round of the Big East Tournament.  The Wildcats posted an 8-8-3 overall record, with Garcia contributing three goals and one assist over 19 matches.