Year two for FCC head men's soccer John LaRocca is turning out to be yet another successful one on the recruiting front. "I don't have to work very hard recruiting when I have such a beautiful campus to sell, an amazing institution, and winning the Conference my first season," said LaRocca. "These student-athletes know what can happen for them, if they buy in, are selfless, and play for the name on the front of the jersey. If all of that occurs, four year schools will come-a-knocking." The 2017 recruiting class is represented by four different states including: Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Delaware.
We will start off with the forwards, Teo Garces was just named the West Virginia Player of the Year and a 1st Team All-State selection. He scored an amazaing 41goals and earned 18 assists his senior year. Garces totaled 99 goals in his four years at Jefferson High School.
"Teo is going to be an extremely fun player to watch," said Coach LaRocca. "He has loads of talent, with an amazing work ethic. I rarely come across a player as humble as he is on and off the field. We are expecting a lot from him and I know he will deliver."
David Miongo (Takoma Academy) was an All-MET and 1st Team All-MISAL selection this season tallying 17 goals and seven assists during his senior campaign. "David is a blur with breath taking speed and he will flourish in our system," said Coach LaRocca.
Next up is Sherwood High School striker Divin Founga. Founga will be a major force for the Cougars in 2017. He is a 6'4 striker that is extremely talented with skills. "I haven't seen many high school athletes in my life like Divin," said LaRocca. "He is off the charts."
Rene Roderiguez (not photographed) has signed his letter of intent coming out of Takoma Academy. Rene was the MVP of the Metro Independent Soccer Athletic League and won the golden boot at Super Y Nationals and was a lethal player for Baltimore Armour. "When you talk to other good players around the DMV, almost all of them know Rene," says LaRocca. "He was that player who always was respected through his youth career and I know he will make a name for himself at the college level."
In the midfield, we will start off with Frederick native, Jeremy Navarro. He was an All-Conference defensive midfielder from Thomas Johnson High School. "Whenever you can get a kid in your own backyard, it makes my life much easier," said Coach LaRocca. "He is quite the player and we are excited he will be joining fellow teammate Luis Flores in the midfield next year."
Lovet Cheg, an All-MET selection out of Eleanor Roosevelt, is expected to come in and make an immediate impact. "You can't spell Lovet without Love," said LaRocca. "I have never seen a kid with a motor like his since I have been coaching. It's unbelievable! I think he sprinted seven miles at the last playoff game I saw of his. He is going to be a force. He is undoubtedly a Division I talent."
Speaking of Division I, the Cougars have recently added Sulayman Jeng to their Spring Roster. Jeng is a former Farleigh Dickinson University midfielder who will be playing next season. "He left me saying, WOW!, says Coach LaRocca! "When I saw him play at Northwest a year ago, he will be the point guard of our offense next season, a lot of our play will go through him."
Kareem Salmon and Cherief Dicko are Sherwood High School midfielders who will be electrifying in LaRocca's system, "These two kids came to their respective recruit days and dominated. "They are two of the nicest kids you will meet and they won't be so nice to you when they blow by you and score. I am blessed to have the opportunity to coach players like these guys," said LaRocca.
Damascus Hornet Alex Hayden is an electrifying defensive midfielder coached by the great Julio Arjona. "Alex will give it his all for you on the soccer field and he is going to put in as much work as anyone," states Coach LaRocca. "I am so excited to have him show his talents to MDJUCO."
Lastly, are two 6'4 twin midfielders out of Richmond, Virginia, Ajahli and Tuali Challenger. Both Ajahli and Tuali were tabbed All-Conference selections their senior year. "Their coach can't stop raving about them," said Coach LaRocca. He stated they are two of the best players he has ever seen in high school. Ajahli and Tuali Challenger will join former high school teammate Jafeth Varela-Herra on next year's team.
Michel and Micael Bolou headline the defenders for next season. They were stars for the Northwest Jaguars and OBGC Road Runners who are currently ranked #2 in Maryland and #20 in the Nation. "They are stellar athletes, and I can't believe I get to have two of them," said Coach LaRocca. "Phenomenal players, and we need them to help solidify the loss of Bilal Hassan Souley and Preston Windnagle at center back."
Representing Delaware will be Wesley Ogden, a four year varsity starter outside back with great service and defending ability. "When I saw Wesleys' highlight tape, my jaw dropped," said Coach LaRocca. "He was exactly what I was looking for from an outside back. He will be a great fit with my system and it's no shock he has had such as successful soccer career."
Diego Carrilo, out of Takoma Academy was a first team MISAL All-Conference selection and will be an overlapping nightmare for defenders. "Diego has great pace," says Coach LaRocca. "He can be quite the threat when he gets into the attack and has a very dangerous left foot."
Rounding out the class is Ricardo Alfaro out of Richmond, Virginia. He is an All-Conference player and has been a four year varsity starter. "There is a reason Ricardo captained his varsity team as a junior," says Coach LaRocca. "He is a top-notch kid and a top-notch soccer player. He is a gym rat and has already gained eight pounds of muscle doing our fitness packet and he is going to continue to improve himself to be the best Ricky he can be.
The Cougars are excited to get started and accomplish their goals which are to win the Region XX Championship which they were a goal short of doing this year and make some noise at the NJCAA National Tournament.