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Editor's Note: These selections were based on high school accomplishments, All-American honors and college/professional success. Players are listed at the positions they played in high school, which may not be the same positions they are playing today.
With soccer, it also is important to note that only players with significant high school experience were considered. Many of the nation's top high school-aged players are removed from the high school game to train with elite clubs or with the US Soccer Residency program, thus rendering them ineligible for high school all-decade consideration. Players such as Freddy Adu, a youth phenom who only played part of a season of high school soccer, and Danny Szetela, who left high school his sophomore year to focus on a pro career, are among the list of players who were not eligible due to limited high school play.
Players are listed by position with their school, location, and high school graduation year.
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|Barry Rice, now a collegiate All-American, was the staple of St. Ignatius' defense in 2005.|
Zach Riffett, Class of 2003
Brenham (Brenham, Texas)
The only three-time high school All-America goalkeeper selection during the 2000s and a former youth national team player, Riffett set what was then a Texas state record with 61 career shutouts. At Boston University, he flourished in his junior and senior seasons, with 12 victories, seven shutouts and a 0.85 goals against average.
Danny O'Rourke, Class of 2001
Kilbourne (Worthington, Ohio)
After leading Kilbourne to a state title in 2000, which stands today as the program's lone state tournament appearance, he was the state's player of the year. O'Rourke also played defender and was named a high school all-American by the NSCAA. He started every match in college at NCAA power Indiana, won the Hermann Trophy as the NCAA's top college player his senior year and currently plays with the Columbus Crew.
Pat Phelan, Class of 2004
Wilbraham & Monson Academy (Wilbraham, Mass.)
It's easy to see why Phelan is on this squad since he is the only defender to be selected to the NSCAA All-America team three times during the 2000s. A stellar college career led to his first-round selection in the MLS SuperDraft in 2008, and he currently plays with the New England Revolution. Phelan also is a member of the men's under-23 national player pool.
Barry Rice, Class of 2006
St. Ignatius (Cleveland, Ohio)
The 2006 All-American was the staple of a 2005 St. Ignatius defense that led the Wildcats to a 23-0 season, a second straight state title and the FAB 50 No. 1 ranking. At the University of Kentucky, Rice became the first person to win back-to-back Conference-USA Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2007 and 2008, and could add 2009 to that list as well. He figures to be drafted by MLS in January's MLS SuperDraft.
Marvell Wynne, Class of 2004
Poway (Poway, Calif.)
This son of a former Major League Baseball player by the same name is one of the few high school soccer players to have his jersey number retired. Poway retired the No. 3 following Wynne's standout career where he was the Palomar League Player of the Year and an all-American selection. He played two years at UCLA, then became the No. 1 pick in the MLS SuperDraft in 2006. He currently plays for Toronto FC and is a member of the US Soccer men's national team pool.
Maurice Edu, Class of 2004
Etiwanda (Etiwanda, Calif.)
After leading Etiwanda in scoring as a sophomore and junior, Edu did the same and earned league MVP and All-America honors his senior season. More of a defensive-minded midfielder, Edu had 35 goals and 33 assists in three seasons. He passed up his senior year at the University of Maryland to turn pro and he was the No. 1 overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft in 2007. Edu currently plays for Rangers in the Scottish Premier Division and is a member of the US Soccer men's national team pool.
|Maurice Edu tallied 35 goals and 33 assists in his high school career at Etiwanda (Etiwanda, Calif.).|
Patrick Ianni, Class of 2003
Lodi (Lodi, Calif.)
Despite being a youth national team performer, Ianni made time to be a four-year high school varsity starter at Lodi, leading the program to a section runner-up finish his senior season. Ianni was a two-time high school All-America selection. He currently plays for the Seattle Sounders in MLS and is a member of the under-23 men's national pool.
Dillon Powers, Class of 2009
Plano (Plano, Texas)
With 16 goals and 20 assists and leading Plano to a Texas 5A state title, Powers was named the Dallas Morning News Player of the Year last season. The Notre Dame signee played extensively as a freshman on Notre Dame's roster this fall and has been a fixture in the US Soccer men's under-20 national team.
Adam Cristman, Class of 2003
Mills Godwin (Richmond, Va.)
Instead of passing on high school his senior season, Cristman led Mills Godwin to a perfect season and a FAB 50 No. 1 ranking. He scored 20 goals his senior year, including two in a 3-1 state semifinal win over two-time defending champion West Springfield. Cristman is a member of the U.S. under-23 national team pool and plays for the Kansas City Wizards in MLS.
Charlie Davies, Class of 2004
Brooks School (North Andover, Mass.)
With 29 goals as a junior and 30 as a senior, Davies led Brooks to the Prep A title in 2003. He was named a high school All-American his senior year and continued his career at Boston College. Davies, considered a lock for the 2010 U.S. World Cup roster, was seriously injured in an auto accident in October and it has put his career on hold. He was playing for Sochaux in the French Premier Division.
|Charlie Davies led Brooks School (North Andover, Mass.) to a Prep A title before becoming a standout on the U.S. national team.|
Jason Garey, Class of 2002
St. Amant (St. Amant, La.)
A scoring machine, Garey set a Louisiana state record with 73 goals in his senior season and finished with a state-best 170 career goals. He was a three-time All-State selection and earned All-America honors his senior year. At the University of Maryland, he won the Hermann Trophy in 2005 and helped the Terps to a national title. He was the No. 3 pick in the 2006 MLS SuperDraft and currently plays for the Columbus Crew.
Ned Grabavoy, Class of 2001
Lincoln-Way Central (New Lenox, Ill.)
One of the two oldest players on this team, Grabavoy led Lincoln-Way to back-to-back state runner-up finishes in 1999 and 2000. He was named the NSCAA High School Player of the Year in 2000 and the Gatorade National Player of the Year in 2001. He was a 40-goal scorer both his junior and senior seasons, with a career-high 43 in 2000. Grabavoy played collegiately at Indiana before turning pro. He currently plays for Real Salt Lake in MLS.
Enzo Martinez, Class of 2009
Northwestern (Rock Hill, S.C.)
One of the most dynamic finishers in high school soccer history, Martinez ended his career with 182 goals. He led Northwestern to state titles in three of his four years on varsity, including a FAB 50 No. 1 ranking as a senior. The native of Uruguay stepped right into college soccer this past fall and was one of the leading scorers for national power North Carolina.
Hasani Sinclair, Class of 2009
American Heritage (Delray, Fla.)
What a prep career it was for Sinclair, who capped it by scoring 47 goals and 14 assists his senior season while leading American Heritage to a state title and FAB 50 Top 20 final ranking. Sinclair also is a US Soccer under-20 national team pool player. As a college freshman in the just completed 2009 fall season, he tied for the team lead in scoring for nationally ranked South Florida.
Marcus Tracy, Class of 2005
Newtown (Newtown, Conn.)
An exact total of 100 career goals marked the prep career of Tracy, who led his state in goals scored in his junior and senior seasons. Tracy also was the driving force behind Newtown's 22-1-0 season and state title in 2004, which earned the team a FAB 50 ranking. At Wake Forest, Tracy ultimately won the Hermann Trophy, awarded annually to the top college player. He is playing professionally in Denmark.