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Munger, Miller headline ESPNHS Oregon Starting 11 soccer squad

For the October issue of the ESPNHS Oregon edition, we teamed up with our resident soccer expert Sheldon Shealer to identify the top 22 soccer players in the state. The mags hit schools this week but if you haven’t received your copy yet, here’s a look at the Starting 11 and an additional 11 elite players starring on the pitch for the upcoming spring season. To get your fill of high school soccer info, check out the ESPNHS soccer homepage.

The Starting 11

[F] Dustin Munger, McMinnville, Senior, FC Portland

Highly touted recruit was a Class 6A All-State first-teamer in ‘10

[F] Yanphol Patino, Beaverton, Senior, Westside Metros

Former Sunset star makes Beaverton a contender in 6A

[F] Jaime Velasco, Westview, Senior, Westside Metros

Uncanny ability to create scoring opportunities for teammates

[MF] Humberto Alvarez, South Medford, Junior, Rogue Valley

Recorded an assist as a freshman during 2009 state final

[MF] Francisco Duenas, West Salem ,Junior, Cascade FC

Strong candidate to win Central Valley Player of the Year

[MF] Jesus Patino, Beaverton, Junior, FC Portland

Forms a nice scoring tandem with older brother, Yanphol

[MF] Hugo Rhoads, West Linn, Senior, FC Portland

Versatile lefty uses his length to make plays all over the field

[MF] Eddie Sanchez, Canby, Junior, FC Portland

Sanchez is a two-time All-Conference selection

[D] Jordan Baeza, Century, Senior, Westside Metros

Play has helped Metros emerge as a Pacific NW power

[D] Josh Miller, Grant, Senior, Westside Metros

Will be in the mix with Munger for the title of state’s top player

[GK] Ryan Aker, McMinnville, Senior, FC Portland

Athletic keeper allowed six goals as a junior

Other Top Players

[F] Enrique Esparza, Century, Senior, Westside Metros

Should help Century battle McMinnville for the Pacific League crown

[F] Spencer Kleweno, Wilson, Junior, FC Portland

All-PIL pick is a nightmare for defenders

[F] Raul Salgado, South Eugene, Senior, Eugene Metro

Midwestern League Player of the Year as a junior

[F] Alex Segovia, Westview, Senior, Westside Metros

A natural scorer, he will head to the U.S. Soccer Residency Program

[F] Zach Striar, Cleveland, Senior, Westside Metros

Cleveland is a contender in Class 5A due to Striar’s presence

[MF] Jesse Deleon, Westview, Senior, Westside Metros

“Kid is a definite D-I talent,” says one Class 6A coach

[MF] Keenan DePinna, Jesuit, Senior, FC Portland

Will lead the offense after Jesuit graduated 10 starters

[MF] Austin Jacobson, South Salem, Senior, Westside Metros

Superb play on free kicks and crosses makes him lethal

[MF] Rubio Rubin, Beaverton, Senior, Westside Metros FC

Has been selected to play in the U.S. Soccer Residency Program

[D] Cameron Chesnutt, Jesuit, Junior, FC Portland

Has the ability to lock down the area’s best scorers

[GK] Mitch North, South Medford, Junior, Rogue Valley

Looks to help South bounce back from quarterfinals loss to Jesuit

Note: The Starting 11 is comprised of the best players in Oregon who are projected to suit up for their high school teams this year. The Other Top Players are 11 more athletes who will either suit up for their high school team or play club ball exclusively.

David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.