Red Bulls Academy prospect Dan Metzger added to his already sterling resume recently in being named the 26th Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of New Jersey. Metzger, only 17, attends Holmdel High School, which he led to a 22-1 record and the Group III State Championship this past fall. Metzger tallied 16 goals and 16 assists on the season and scored both goals in his team’s 2-1 victory in the state finals match.
A box-to-box central midfielder, Metzger has a relentless motor and superb technical skill which has led him to become one of the Red Bulls Academy’s most highly regarded players, and with this award he joins recent Home Grown signing Matt Kassel, who won the award back in 2007-08; former MetroStars/Red Bulls goalkeeper Tony Meola won the award, in 1986-87.
Metzger has been with the Academy since September 2010 and will also follow in Kassel’s footsteps in committing to play collegiate soccer at the University of Maryland. Also a member of the US U-18 Men’s National Team, Metzger is well on his way to becoming a star.
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