The Ocean City Nor’easters latest crop of talent can be found listed on the respected TopDrawerSoccer.com’s Top 100 lists. Coach Oswald has bought in some of the best players in the region to make the Nor’easters a huge success story.
Tal Bublil (CAA Top 20 Player) – Drexel
Tal Bublil is a young 6-1 Israeli defender from the top youth club Hapoel-Herzelia. The Junior anchored the Drexel defense starting 17 of the 18 games scoring two goals. Bublil was named a Philadelphia Soccer Six All-Star in 2011.
Coach Tim – “Tal is a seasoned and veteran CB. He is a tremendous vocal leader and has done wonders for the back line at Drexel…especially this past season as he helped them into the NCAA tournament for the 1st time in quite some time. He is a quality reader of the game and plays to his strengths.”
Timi Mulgrew (CAA Top 20 Player) – George Mason
Timi Mulgrew is an attacking midfielder from Sterling, VA who scored 8 goals and 5 assists in 2012. He started 15 matches and earned second team All-CAA honors.
Coach Tim – “Timi is a very talented and technical wide player. Can create, can distribute, can pass, can score, and can outwork people every day. He has shown great strides as a young player in the CAA conference.”
Alec Golini (Patriot Conference Top 20 Player) – Lafayette
Alec Golini started 19 of the Lafayette Leopards 20 games in midfield in 2012 and was rewarded with a first team All-Patriot selection. Golini also picked up a Patriot League All-Tournament Team selection and Academic Honor Roll.
Coach Tim – “Alec has found a way to get better each and every summer on his way to being one of the top players in the Patriot league. He provided some very positive minutes for us last summer and as his confidence grew, as did his swagger on the ball. He has really developed his ability to run at people and he is a natural finisher.”
Mitchell Taintor (#52 Postseason Top 100 Freshmen) – Rutgers
Mitchell Taintor is a 6-2 central defender from Rutgers University. Before starting college Taintor was a member of New England Revolution youth development programs, playing for the U16 and U18 squads (2009-2011 playing six games with the MLS Reserve Division. His awards came think and fast; selected to Region I team from 2008-09, named to 2008 adidas Interregional All-Star Select Team and was recognized by Top Drawer soccer as #52 in the Top 100 Freshmen list.
Coach Tim – “Although young, Mitch plays like a grown man. He is a tremendous CB that offers so many intangibles and strengths in all facets of his game. He used his time with the New England Revs MLS Reserves team prior to college to prepare for his transition to the collegiate level. As a freshman in the Big East, he did a phenomenal job and was recognized from the coaches as one of the top up and coming freshman in the country.”
Nathan Bruccoleri (#70 Midseason Top 100 Freshmen) - Rutgers
Nathan Bruccoleri played in all 21 games, earning starts in 18. He was a top player from a young age named three-time First Team All-Prep selection and three-time First Team All-Area selection at High School. Bruccoleri competed at the U15 National Team camp and was member of ODP State and Regional teams. This year he was put at number 70 in the Midseason Top 100 Freshman by Top Drawer Soccer.com
Coach Tim - “Nate is a bulldog. His work ethic is impeccable and he brings a phenomenal mentality to the game in the MFD 3rd. As a PDA youth player and as a US National Pool player in his youth, he has really become quite the engine for Rutgers these past 2 years. He can protect the flat 4 and still allow the guys in front of him to do their thing in transition without us feeling like we are a bit too wide open when we lose the ball because of his range and ability to cover so much ground.”
Stefanos Stamoulacatos (#36 Preseason Top 100 Freshman) - Syracuse
The Freshman New York midfielder played in all 21 games with 18 starts. He was instrumental in a Syracuse side that had a deep run into the NCAA playoffs. As a younger player he was a member of the US U18 National team and represented the US at the Stuttgart Junior Cup in Germany and a 2010 tournament in Costa Rica. Top Drawer Soccer voted him number 36 in the preseason Top 100 list.
Coach Tim – “Stefanos is a very good player. Does a lot of things quite well on and off the ball. He can possess the ball. He can run at you with the ball. He can slow the game down. As a top player in the USSDA and in the U18/19 US National Pool, he will continue to excel.”
Nick Perea (#80 Midseason Top 100 List) – Syracuse
Nick Perea started all 21 matches for the successful Syracuse team. Perea was named team Rookie of the Year in 2011 as Top Drawer Soccer named him at number 80 in the midseason Top 100 Freshmen list. He scored on his Nor’easters debut against New York Red Bulls U23 in the US Open Cup.
Coach Tim – “Nick is the kind of player that grows on you as you watch him play. Out of Weston’s youth academy, he fits nicely into his role at Syracuse and is the unsung hero to a degree in their system. He connects the dots with a high possession rate, he moves the ball, and he plugs areas in that need to be in transition to protect those guys that play in front of him.”
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