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Ryan Palmbaum Named Freshman of the Year as Four Earn All-GLIAC Honors

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BAY CITY, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Men’s Soccer placed four onto Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-GLIAC Men’s Soccer teams with freshman Ryan Palmbaum (Rocklin, Calif.) being named the GLIAC Freshman of the Year.

Palmbaum was a key proponent to this year’s squad as the paced the Wildcats with eight goals and six assists for a total of 22 points. The freshman tallied two game-winning goals and made program history with the fastest hat trick in school history and second fastest in NCAA Division II history by scoring three goals in less than four minutes in a victory over Upper Iowa University.  His eight goals are the second most in a single season in program history while his six assists and 55 shots are both single season school records.

Palmbaum was joined on the All-GLIAC Second Team by senior Callum Olpin (Norwich, England) and freshman Francisco Espinoza (Buenos Aires, Argentina).

Olpin was named as a midfielder and tallied two goals and three assists this season on a total of 36 shots, putting 20 on goal. He finished the year with .556 shot on goal percentage. This was his second All-GLIAC selection after being named to the First Team last season.

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Ryan Palmbaum Named to D2CCA All-Region Team

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ASHLAND, Ohio – Freshman Ryan Palmbaum (Rocklin, Calif.) was named to the NCAA Division 2 Conference Commissioners Association All-Midwest Region Second Team.

Palmbaum was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and was a key proponent to this year’s squad as he paced the Wildcats with eight goals and six assists for a total of 22 points.

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Azusa Pacific Cruises Past Sunbirds

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Still ranked as the top team in the nation, Azusa Pacific put its undefeated record on the line against Fresno Pacific on the road. The Cougars bagged six goals from five players en route to a 6-1 victory over the Sunbirds. With the victory, Azusa Pacific clinched a share of the PacWest Championship and the automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Super regional.

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Depth Shines In Victory – Azusa Pacific University Athletics

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“It was a great play by Elisha (Burbridge). He was really strong holding the ball up and he laid it off for Adrian who was running off of him,” said head coach Dave Blomquist. “It was a two-man interchange that was really insightful, and it was quite the banger from Adrian as well, so that was fun.”
Both Preciado and Burbridge entered the match as substitutes and had a noticeable impact, showing the depth of this Cougars roster.

After a thrilling 4-3 victory over Cal Poly Pomona, Azusa Pacific looked to continue their success against conference foes, Point Loma. The Cougars showed just how dangerous their attack can be as they defeated the Sea Lions 3-1.

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Greece Soccer Tour 2017

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The 2017 Greece Soccer Scouting tour was a complete success. Together with Sport Performance’s Management and Promotions, we were able to put together a productive soccer tour. We completed multiple showcase in which some of our players were scouted and were invited to play by local professional clubs. Our younger players were able to experience soccer at a professional level and test themselves overseas, against a different kind of opposition.

Besides the soccer experience, players were able to experience the Greek landscape and culture.

We’re already on the works for future tours. Feel free to contact us for more information on dates and how to get them started.

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Benji’s Season Comes to an End With a CONCA Champions Appearance

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Sporting Kansas City closed out the 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League group stage with a 3-1 home win over Central FC of Trinidad at Children’s Mercy Park. Cameron Porter, Nansel Selbol and Connor Hallisey orchestrated the comeback for the MLS side after finishing the first half down by a goal.

Sporting, already eliminated from the competition after falling to the Vancouver Whitecaps, came close to scoring early on through Hallisey and Nuno Coelho. Still, it was the visitors who struck first through Jem Gordon. In the 43rd minute, Sean De Silva found the forward, who was kept onside by Ike Opara inside the box and buried the ball into the net.

The home side came out firing on all cylinders in the second half and were justly rewarded in the 49th minute. Porter outpaced the Central FC defense after collecting a long pass from Tomas Granitto, leveling the score with a low shot. Selbol scored the game-winner in the 55th minute after creating some space and shooting from outside the box. Hallisey would put it out of reach after converting his first goal for Sporting KC from the penalty spot in injury time.

With the result, Sporting Kansas City will finish in second place in Group C. The Whitecaps, who maintained a perfect record through the group stage, will move on to the next round of the competition.

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Sporting KC signs 22-year-old midfielder Benji Joya

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Sporting Kansas City announced that the club has signed 22-year-old midfielder Benji Joya ahead of today’s MLS roster freeze deadline. Joya will be added to the Sporting Kansas City roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate.

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A native of San Jose, California, Joya signed for Mexican powerhouse Santos Laguna in 2011 at age 18. He quickly progressed through the club’s youth ranks and made his Liga MX debut with the senior team in September 2012.

Santos Laguna loaned Joya to the Chicago Fire in 2014, where he started nine of 12 regular season appearances. The midfielder scored a goal just one minute into his MLS debut on March 9, coming off the bench in a 3-2 loss at Chivas USA. Joya spent most of 2015 and 2016 on loan at Club Necaxa in the Mexican second division.

At the international level, Joya featured extensively for the United States U-20s. He captained the side to a second-place finish at the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship and was a member of the U.S. squad at the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey.

Acquisition: Sporting Kansas City (MLS) acquires midfielder Benji Joya on first-come, first-served basis.

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Benji Joya (BEN-jee HOY-uh)
Position: Midfielder
Number: TBD
Born: 9/22/1993
Height: 5-8
Weight: 145 lbs.
Hometown: San Jose, California
Birthplace: San Jose California
Citizenship: USA
Last Club: Club Necaxa (Mexico)
Twitter: @benjijoya54
Instagram: benjijoya54