ESPN RISE FAB 50 boys' soccer rankings

Originally Published: August 26, 2008

ESPN will release the ESPN RISE FAB 50 national boys' soccer rankings each Tuesday of the regular season and playoffs, continuing through the final games of the various state playoffs around the nation.

Preseason rankings: Nos. 1-25
Rk. School (City, State) Record Notes
1 Broughton (Raleigh, N.C.) 0-0-0 Although the Caps graduated State Player of the Year and NC State signee Watt Williams, this team remains primed for a run at a third straight state title. F Brandon Haynes, MF Kevin Stam and GK Scott Goodwin were first-team all-state picks last year and will be back for their senior seasons. Broughton enters this year with a 50-match undefeated streak, which should be tested early in the season by Green Hope.
2 Rockhurst Jesuit (Kansas City, Mo.) 0-0-0 Rockhurst returns six starters from last year's state title-winning squad, including a trio of all-state honorees. Highlighting this year's team is GK Christian Krueger, MF Alex Sweetin and F Alex Male. Male scored a team-high 28 goals last season. Sweetin has committed to St. Louis University. Rockhurst has the nation's toughest schedule with the possibility of facing six preseason FAB 50 teams during the regular season.
3 McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) 0-0-0 Virginia signee and Parade All-America honoree Chris Agorsor has graduated, but that should not slow this private school powerhouse. The team's pipeline to the Baltimore Bays (US Youth Soccer under-15 national champs and US Development Academy U17/18 national champs) brings about plenty of talent, and this year's team could be built around an underclass trio with major college prospects. D Marquez Fernandez, F Julian Griggs and MF Mamadou Kansaye were all ESP participants this past summer.
4 St. Xavier (Louisville, Ky.) 0-0-0 National recruits Kevin Bick and Kyle Schickel make St. Xavier a preseason lock for No. 1 in Kentucky. A second straight undefeated season would put this program in the national title running.
5 Martin Luther King (Manhattan, N.Y.) 0-0-0 MLK will be vying for a third straight PSAL title, and it has big-time players at its disposal. GK Malick Faye, a 6-foot-3 Senegal native, is the best keeper at MLK since Bouna Coundoul who currently plays for the MLS Colorado Rapids. F Geferee Saintilien is a former under-17 national team player from Haiti. F Emilio Haughton and D Alex Zorilla are among the best young players in New York City. Regular-season matches with Chaminade and St. Anthony's will help MLK find its place in the national rankings.
6 Sacramento Jesuit (Carmichael, Calif.) 0-0-0 Led by under-18 national team player Adam Jahn, Jesuit is the preseason favorite in California. Jesuit's match with Davis, following Davis' trip to St. Louis, will serve as a guage of both team's national standing.
7 Neuqua Valley (Naperville, Ill.) 0-0-0 Bret Hruby, a forward, was an all-state performer last year and returns to lead a team with high expectations in 2008.
8 Brentwood (N.Y.) 0-0-0 Brentwood returns 18 players from last year's one-loss squad, and coach Ron Eaton calls it his most talented squad.
9 St. Benedict's Prep (Newark, N.J.) 0-0-0 Jossimar Sanchez, who has committed to Connecticut, is one of nine returning starters for a GrayBees squad that had a down season in 2007.
10 Chaminade (St. Louis, Mo.) 0-0-0 Midfielders Mike Robson and Ryan Bauer highlight a Chaminade team that should challenge Rockhurst for the Missouri state title.
11 La Cueva (Albuquerque, N.M.) 0-0-0 La Cueva returns six starters who received all-state mention last year, including first-teamers Brandon Baca and Carson Baldinger.
12 Downers Grove South (Downers Grove, Ill.) 0-0-0 Brett Petricek, an all-state honoree as goalkeeper, returns for Downers Grove South.
13 Archbishop Curley (Baltimore, Md.) 0-0-0 Bash Kamara, who netted 25 goals last year, and defender Oumar Ballo were first-team Baltimore Sun All-Met picks last year as sophomores. Curley should challenge McDonogh for the MIAA title.
14 Davis (Calif.) 0-0-0 Davis returns 14 players from last year's undefeated squad, but must find a finisher. The team's top player is regional team player Jeff Strickland.
15 Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wis.) 0-0-0 This perennial state power features one of the nation's top young goalkeepers in Brian Carr. Trips to the Jesuit Classic and the Gateway Soccer Classic will allow Marquette University to compete against other nationally ranked programs.
16 Green Hope (Cary, N.C.) 0-0-0 Green Hope keepers Alex Long (South Carolina) and Martin Murphy (North Carolina) have verbally committed to major programs.
17 Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) 0-0-0 Don Bosco Prep is making a case as one of the nation's best all-sports schools. Last spring, the school's baseball team was the FAB 50 No. 1 squad. This fall, both its football and soccer teams are ranked in the FAB 50 Top 20s. In the past year, those three varsity programs combined for a 68-1 record. Ronnie Scardino, Eric Jorgensen and Tom MacNamara return from last year's 23-1-0 squad.
18 Christian Brothers College (St. Louis, Mo.) 0-0-0 Midfielder Zach Hundelt is the top returner for this perennial power. CBC competes in three regional events that will help shape the national rankings.
19 St. Ignatius (Cleveland, Ohio) 0-0-0 Senior Justin Cree and six juniors from the local US Soccer Development Academy team makes St. Ig a favorite on paper.
20 North Central (Indianapolis, Ind.) 0-0-0 North Central remains a favorite in Indiana, but should be tested by Westfield. The Great Midwest Classic, hosted by North Central, will help shape the FAB 50 rankings.
21 Broomfield (Colo.) 0-0-0 Broomfield, a defending state champion, returns Cole Chapleski, who was an ESP participant this past summer.
22 Downingtown West (Downingtown, Pa.) 0-0-0 Brian Forgue, an all-state selection last year, is the top returner for this perennial Class AAAA state title challenger.
23 Northville (Mich.) 0-0-0 Forward Latif Alashe, an all-state honoree last fall, returns to lead perennial power Northville.
24 Chaminade (Mineola, N.Y.) 0-0-0 In what figures to be a tight battle with St. Anthony's and St. John the Baptist, Chaminade is the early favorite in he New York Catholic league.
25 Lincoln (Portland, Ore.) 0-0-0 Forward Martin Kulander and midfielder Joe Sleven were all-state picks last year and return to make this team a Class 6A title contender.

Preseason rankings: Nos. 26-50
Rk. School (City, State) Record
26 Westhill (Stamford, Conn.) 0-0-0
27 St. Thomas Aquinas (Overland Park, Kan.) 0-0-0
28 St. John's (Shrewsbury, Mass.) 0-0-0
29 DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) 0-0-0
30 Sylvania Northview (Sylvania, Ohio) 0-0-0
31 East Kentwood (Kentwood, Mich.) 0-0-0
32 Barrington (Ill.) 0-0-0
33 St. Louis University High (St. Louis, Mo.) 0-0-0
34 Salesianum (Wilmington, Del.) 0-0-0
35 St. Anthony's (Melville, N.Y.) 0-0-0
36 Maria Carrillo (Santa Rosa, Calif.) 0-0-0
37 Father Judge (Philadelphia, Pa.) 0-0-0
38 Westfield (Ind.) 0-0-0
39 Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) 0-0-0
40 Delbarton School (Morristown, N.J.) 0-0-0
41 Webster Thomas (Webster, N.Y.) 0-0-0
42 Smoky Hill (Aurora, Colo.) 0-0-0
43 New Trier (Winnetka, Ill.) 0-0-0
44 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.) 0-0-0
45 Leesville Road (Raleigh, N.C.) 0-0-0
46 St. Pius (Albuquerque, N.M.) 0-0-0
47 Central Catholic (Portland, Ore.) 0-0-0
48 Seton Hall Prep (West Orange, N.J.) 0-0-0
49 La Salle Academy (Providence, R.I.) 0-0-0
50 Reitz Memorial (Evansville, Ind.) 0-0-0