“We are very excited about the 2014 class, as we feel there are players who will step in and compete for positions right away,” said Fewing. “It is also a well-balanced class with a lot of experience, which will help improve the team.”
Ibrahima Drame, 5’5”, Forward
Nathan Hale High School/Seattle, Wash., Crossfire Soccer Academy
Ibrahima Drame is an attacking and athletic forward and a two-year varsity starter from Nathan Hale High School in Seattle, Wash. He helped lead the Raiders to a playoff appearance in 2011 and participates with Team Read, a tutoring program that pairs high school students with elementary school students. He also has competed with Crossfire Soccer Academy in 2012-13 and 2013-14 and currently serves as team captain.
Fewing on Drame: “We have been able to see Ibrahima quite a bit since he plays for the Crossfire Academy team. He will add pace to our attack, as he is great in 1v1 situations and is able to use his pace to get in behind the defense. He is dynamic in the final third and we are excited to add one of Crossfire Academy’s top players.”
Anthony Ayala, 5’10”, Defender/Midfielder
Jesuit High School/Carmichael, Calif., Sacramento United
Anthony Ayala a two-year varsity letterwinner from Jesuit High School in Sacramento, Calif. where he has helped lead the Marauders to three straight playoff appearances (2011-13) and a sectional championship in 2012. Over the past two seasons, he helped lead the team to a total 53-2-4 record and was named Most Inspirational in 2013. The Marauders earned 23 shutout wins in 2012, tying the California state record. In club play, Ayala has competed for six years with Sacramento United (2008-14), has served as team captain from 2010-14, and helped lead the team to a Nor-Cal State Cup Championship in 2012. Outside of athletic competition, he was named to the JHS honor roll for the 2012-13 school year and is interested in pursuing a career in civil and environmental engineering.
Fewing on Ayala: “Anthony has played on some very successful teams in his Jesuit High School career and with the Sacramento United club team. We were able to see Anthony play quite a bit the past two years and each time we saw him, he got better and better. Anthony is very good on the ball, plays out of the back well and is very calm under pressure. He is a very good 1v1 defender and reads the game very well. He is also very versatile as he can play a couple different positions.”
Nick Prasad, 6’1”, Defender
Simon Fraser/Enver Creek Secondary/Surrey, B.C., Vancouver Whitecaps
Nick Prasad is a center back, transferring from Simon Fraser after one year, and is a 2013 graduate of Enver Creek Secondary in Surrey, B.C. He helped lead the Cougars to the 2012 BC High School Provincial Championship. Individually, he received the Coaches Choice Award (2012, 2013), was named Student-Athlete of the Year (2008, 2009, 2010), and served as team captain from 2009-12. He competed with the Whalley Soccer Club (2006), Surrey United (2007-12), and most recently with the Vancouver Whitecaps (2012-14). In 2013, he helped lead the Vancouver Whitecaps to a Finals Eight appearance and he captained every youth team he was a part of from 2006-12. Prasad also competed in basketball, helping lead his team to a Grade Eight BC Provincial Championship, named a Second Team Provincial Championship All-Star. Outside of athletics, he was on his school’s Honor Roll from 2008-13 and is interested in a career in physiotheraphy.
Fewing on Prasad: “Nick comes to us with a wealth of experience playing for the Whitecaps Academy team. He is a commanding defender who communicates and organizes well. He plays well short and long out of the back and he will fit in well along the backline. Physically he is very strong and will be ready to compete right away.”
Agustin Andrade III, 5’7”, Midfielder
Nordhoff High School/Ojai, Calif., Santa Barbara Soccer Club
Agustin Andrade III is an attacking center midfielder and a right/left wing from Nordhoff High School in Ojai, Calif. where he has served as a four-year varsity starter and captain. He helped lead the Rangers to the 2013 CIF quarterfinals, going undefeated (10-0) in league play. He was named First Team All-County in 2011, 2012, and 2013 as well as a three-time Team MVP (2011-13). Andrade III has competed on several club teams, including Ojai Valley Soccer Club (2005-06), Ventura County Fusion (2006-08), Oxnard PAL (2008-10), and, most recently, Santa Barbara Soccer Club (2010-present). He has won the league three different times on three different teams including in 2006 with Ventura County Fusion, in 2008 with Oxnard PAL and in 2011 with Santa Barbara Soccer Club. Outside of soccer, he is an honor society member and is interested in pursuing a career in sports medicine.
Fewing on Andrade III: “Agustin is a player who we saw over the summer and he really caught our eye with his creativity in the attacking third. He has the ability to make others around him better, he is both quick with his feet and decision making and does well in tight spaces. We are excited about Augie as we feel he will add another dimension to the team in the final third.”
Robbie Landeros, 5’8”, Midfielder/Defender
San Marcos High School/Santa Barbara, Calif., Santa Barbara Soccer Club
Robbie Landeros is an athletic center midfielder/center back and four-year varsity starter from San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was named an All-Channel League Selection in 2012 and 2013 and was named Team MVP in 2013. He is also a varsity letterwinner in cross-country, named All Tri-County in 2011 and Team MVP the same season. He’s competed with the Santa Barbara Soccer Club from 2005-14 where he’s served as team captain since 2007, also leading the team to the Western Collegiate Developmental Association Finals (2012-13), a first place finish in the Pacific Nation Premier League (2012-13), and a first place league finish from 2007-12. Academically, Landeros is a National Honor Society member, California Scholarship Federation member, Dean’s Honor Roll member, and a member of the Health Careers Academy, with interest in becoming an orthopedic surgeon.
Fewing on Landeros: “Robbie also comes to us from the Santa Barbara Soccer Club. He is good on the ball and is a hard working midfielder who tackles well and closes down space quickly. He is very versatile as he can play in the midfield and the backline. What we liked about Robbie is his competitiveness and work rate, plus he is technically sound and doesn’t give the ball away.”