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All-American Game MVPs: Edwards, O'Neill

12/11/2011

The coaches have had their say and ESPNHS offers this list of top performers from the High School All-American Soccer Game played Saturday night at the University of Alabama-Birmingham in Birmingham, Ala. Players are listed with position, high school, college commitment.

East Team

MF: Dakota Edwards, Sayville (Sayville, N.Y.), Maryland

Named East team MVP. He was a presence in the middle. He won balls and distributed well.

D: Jonathan Campbell, Greensboro Day School (Greensboro, N.C.), North Carolina

Calm, smart kid in the back. He did a good job locking down their attack. He even took a ball to the face to save a goal.

MF: Ntokozo Tshuma, Episcopal (Alexandria, Va.), Maryland

We played him out wide to isolate him and let him run at people. He was dangerous every time he had the ball.

MF: Matt Foldesy, St. Ignatius (Cleveland, Ohio), Akron

His work rate was exceptional and he had great touch in tight spaces. He played dangerous balls through their back line.

MF: Jared Martinelli, Cumberland Valley (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), Temple

He did a good job clogging up the middle. In the first half, the West was running right through us. He helped change that.

D: Curtis Oberg, Sidwell Friends (Washington, D.C.), undecided

He was a good defender coming out of the back. He was dangerous coming forward. He brought a creative spark to us.

The West

D: Shane O’Neill, Fairview (Boulder, Colo.), undecided

Named West team MVP. He was a difference-maker every time he got the ball. He was there to clean it up and he did the right things with the ball.

F: Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Bethany Christian (Goshen, Ind.), Indiana

He can come back and win the ball, and when he wins it, he’s not likely to lose it. He blows by people.

F: Qudus Lawal, Mather (Chicago, Ill.), undecided

He is more of a North-South player. With his athleticism and speed, he’s so dangerous. When he’s in the box, he puts himself in smart places.

MF: Jose Rodriguez, Warsaw (Warsaw, Ind.), undecided

He has the ability to hold the ball in tight spaces and be creative.

MF: Victor Zamora, Boylan Catholic (Rockford, Ill.), undecided

He is smooth on the ball. He kept control of the middle. His attacking ability, quick feet and explosiveness moving forward were impressive.

GK: Chase Rau, Sparta (Sparta, Mich.), Michigan

He understands positioning and he anticipates well. He made a lot of saves because he read the ball correctly.