Boys soccer preview: Players to watch
Fernandez, last season's All-Metro Player of the Year, is regarded as one of the top defenders in the nation. He has played with U.S. national youth teams and has committed to Maryland. (Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr. / November 4, 2008)
Ballo, a four-year starter, will contain the opposing team's best forward and create chances on offense. He has committed to play soccer at Loyola College next year.
Mount St. Joseph, midfield, senior
Caltabiano, widely regarded as one of the best playmakers in the state, will control the midfield for the Gaels. Coach Mike St. Martin considers him one of the state's best passers. He finished last season with eight goals and 10 assists.
McDonogh, defense, senior
Fernandez, last season's All-Metro Player of the Year, is regarded as one of the top defenders in the nation. He has played with U.S. national youth teams and has committed to Maryland.
Mamadou Kansaye McDonogh, forward, senior
The center midfielder had 10 goals and 18 assists last season, including two goals in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship game. Kansaye has committed to Maryland.
Benja Makinde McDonogh, defense, senior
Makinde will try to help the Eagles improve on their 16 shutouts last season. The four-year starter has narrowed his college choices to Providence, Wake Forest and George Mason.
Diego McQuestion Gilman, midfield, senior
McQuestion, who had 12 goals and 14 assists last season, will control the middle of the field for the Greyhounds. He is considering several top-tier Division I schools.
Joe Meyer McDonogh, defense, senior
Meyer is a lockdown defender who can also push forward and create scoring chances. Meyer is considering Princeton and Brown.
Jalen Robinson Mount St. Joseph, forward, sophomore
Robinson is one of the most gifted forwards in the area and was named captain of the under-15 U.S. national team in the spring. He finished last season with six goals and nine assists. Mount St. Joseph coach Mike St. Martin uses Robinson on offense and defense.
Patrick Sullivan Mar. Ridge, forward-midfield, junior
Sullivan had a breakout season for the Mustangs last year, scoring 13 goals and recording six assists. Sullivan is regarded as a natural finisher who had goals in big games, including five in three games against rival River Hill.
Jon Talbot River Hill, forward, senior
Talbot will play a vital role as the Hawks, the 2007 Class 2A state champions, try to get back to the title game. Last season, Talbot battled through injuries to record 10 goals and four assists. He was named second team All-State.
David Arnold, Mount St. Joseph
Reid Barger, Gilman
Matt Bile', Bel Air
Jared Fenton, Severna Park
Tyler Fernandez, Broadneck
Kyle Forbes, Atholton
Kirk Fromille, Fallston
Zach Goldberg, Severna Park
Kody Herd, Chesapeake-AA
Kolby Herd, Chesapeake-AA
Aidan Hoolachan, Mount Hebron
Ryan Jackson, Reservoir
Omar Kabba, Poly
Bash Kamara, Patterson
Mike Kane Jr., South River
Nick Koutrelakos, Marriotts Ridge
Corey Krewson, River Hill
Gabe Kuhn, Fallston
Seun Lajubutu, C. Milton Wright
Jordan Manly, Mount St. Joseph
Corbin McCarron, Arundel
Joey Milligan Jr., Chesapeake-AA
Ryan Milligan, Old Mill
Cody Niedermeier, Broadneck
Tim Peitsch, Loyola
Jason Plumhoff, River Hill
Damian Ramos Old Mill
Tony Riso, River Hill
Josh Schwartz, Broadneck
Matt Shinsky, McDonogh
Ben Shriver, Gilman
Guy Skord, Broadneck
Gavin Snyder, Severna Park
Josh Stover, Marriotts Ridge
Tyler Szekalski, Bel Air
Mikias Teketele, Archbishop Curley
Jean Toussaint, Meade
Nathan Wallace, Severna Park
Zach Wenger, Calvert Hall