Commentary

14-year-old steals show in SPARQ testing

Updated: June 4, 2009, 1:33 PM ET
By Sheldon Shealer | ESPNRISE.com

Caleb Richardson, a 14-year-old, was the No. 1 tester among hundreds of elite boys' soccer players at the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Spring Showcase in Sarasota, Fla.

Richardson, a member of the Dallas Texans' club, posted the top vertical jump and the sixth fastest 20-meter sprint time in the SPARQ testing held in conjunction with the showcase.

The SPARQ Rating measures an athlete's athletic ability for a given sport.

Below are the top performers at the event, which was held May 23 and included many of the top boys under-15/16 and under-17/18 club teams.

Veritcal Jump
Name Club Performance
Caleb Richardson Dallas Texans U-15/16 39.4
Justin Miller Colorado Rush AS Monaco U-15/16 35.3
Mark Pais St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri U-17/18 34.9
Joseph Goodwin CASL Chelsea FC Academy U-17/18 34.6
Nikita Kotlov Carmel United SC U-17/18 34.0
A.J. Laza Albertson U-17/18 33.7
Kasey Redfern Greensboro Youth Soccer U-17/18 33.7
Joseph Scarnato Sockers FC U-17/18 33.7
Dylan Stiteler Texas SC U-15/16 33.7
Brad Jacobson FC Westchester U-17/18 33.5

20-Meter Sprint Leaders
Name Club Performance
Nikita Kotlov Carmel United SC U-17/18 2.72
Jordan Gibbs Arsenal FC U-15/16 2.77
Timothy Binford Cal Odyssey U-17/18 2.77
Robert Greenfield Concorde Fire U-15/16 2.78
Collin Monahan FC Milwaukee U-17/18 2.79
Caleb Richardson Dallas Texans U-15/16 2.80
Imoh Edohoukwa Solar SC U-17/18 2.81
Max Oldham Mustang SC U-15/16 2.81
Jesse Menzies South Central Premier U-17/18 2.82
Widner Saint-Cyr New York Red Bulls U-17/18 2.82
Matthew Tunzi Santa Cruz County Breakers U-15/16 2.82

Arrowhead Agility Leaders
Name Club Performance
Chris Brundage Crossfire Premier U-17/18 14.49
Collin Monahan FC Milwaukee U-17/18 14.53
James Wenger PA Classics U-17/18 14.53
Donnie Smith South Charlotte SA U-17/18 14.62
Arthur Rex Greensboro Youth Soccer U-17/18 14.78
Aaron Adkins CASA U-17/18 14.78
Julio Espinal Texas Rush AHFC AS Monaco U-17/18 14.79
Nikita Kotlov Carmel United SC U-17/18 14.82
Jesse Menzies South Central Premier U-17/18 14.84
Mark Linnville Greensboro Youth Soccer U-17/18 14.84

Yo-Yo Intermittent Recovery, Level 2 Leaders
Name Club Performance
Nicolas Morabito Colorado Rush AS Monaco U-15/16 23.5 | 1600
Daniel Baraldi CASA U-15/16 23.1 | 1440
Christopher Sendejas Dallas Texans U-17/18 22.8 | 1400
Stefen Picton North Meck SC U-15/16 22.8 | 1400
Matthew Ratajczak Met Oval U-17/18 22.8 | 1400
George Ryan Colorado Rush AS Monaco U-15/16 22.8 | 1400
Michael Innocenzi New York Red Bulls U-15/16 22.7 | 1360
Corey Hostetter Arsenal FC U-15/16 22.7 | 1360
Hayden Leslie Arsenal FC U-15/16 22.7 | 1360

SPARQ Rating Leaders
Name Club Performance
Caleb Richardson Dallas Texans U-15/16 115.43
Jesse Menzies South Central Premier U-17/18 111.58
Nikita Kotlov Carmel United SC U-17/18 111.33
Lenox Evans Dallas Texans U-17/18 111.20
Jordan Gibbs Arsenal FC U-15/16 110.63
Collin Monahan FC Milwaukee U-17/18 109.70
Michael White South Central Premier U-17/18 109.23
James Wenger PA Classics U-17/18 109.10
Walter Hines New York Red Bulls U-17/18 108.75
Tim Kreutz Sockers FC U-15/16 108.53

NOTE:The SPARQ Rating is a mathematical equation that takes into account an athlete's performance in the 20-meter sprint, the vertical jump, the arrowhead agility drill and the yo-yo intermittent recovery test.