Kadena Panthers2015 season record — 13-14-4, fourth in Far East Division I tournament.Coach — Michael Callahan, 12th season.Key performers — Junta Callahan, Jr., MF (16 goals, 2 assists); Diego Rodriguez, Sr., MF. (2 goals, 7 assists); Quentin Moore, So., def.; Bryan Vaden, Jr., def.; Gabe Peredo, Jr., MF (10 goals); Akira Comia, Sr., F; Kyle Freaney, Sr., MF (transferred from RAF Lakenheath); Tanner Schooley, Sr., def.; Guy Renquist, Fr., MF.Outlook — Contending, after missing a chance to capture third straight D-I title in 2015. Defense appears solid and offense appears balanced; goalkeeping may be the biggest concern as Callahan staged an open competition for the top netminder spot.
Nile C. Kinnick Red Devils2015 season record — 4-16-2, fifth at Far East Division I.Coach — Robert Tiffany, seventh season.Key performers — Chon Dareing, Jr., MF; Bryan Wolf, So., MF (5 goals); Tom Wenke, Fr., MF; Joe Aucoin, Sr., def.; Daniel Moran, So., MF.Outlook — Still rebuilding, after having lost 11 seniors including nine starters from 2014, but what remains is a year older and a year wiser and hopeful of providing competition, Tiffany says.
Kubasaki Dragons2015 season record — 18-3-3, Far East Division I runner-up.Coach — Tony Washington, first season as head coach after assisting for several seasons prior.Key performers — Imani Washington, Sr., MF (29 goals, 7 assists); Jonathan Orr, Sr., GK-def.-MF; Ilijah Washington, So., F; Will Wagner, Sr., F (7 goals, 6 assists); Matthew LeMasters, Jr., MF (5 goals, 3 assists); Miles Mahlock, Sr., MF (11 goals, 10 assists); Ryo Elliot, So., MF (transferred from Humphreys); Anthony Macaluso, Jr., def.-GK.Outlook — Contending, and quite tired of finishing second in D-I the last two seasons. Hungry and motivated, the Dragons are strong at all ends, but still trying to settle on a goalkeeper. Many new faces not part of the team the last two seasons. Chemistry will be a key.
Seoul American Falcons2015 season record — 15-3-3, defending Far East Division I champion.Coach — Steve Boyd, ninth season.Key performers — Andrew Nutter, Jr., MF (10 goals); Niko Russey, Jr., MF (13 goals, 5 assists); Brad Hilton, Sr., F; Kevin McGuire, Jr., F (14 goals, 7 assists); Kevin Hwang, Jr., def.; Nick Gagnet, Sr., def.; John Dunleavy, Sr., def.; Julian Ruiz, Sr., def.; David Brown, Fr., MF; Jackson Connor, So., GK; Chaz Perryman, Sr., MF.Outlook — Contending. Chance to win a third D-I championship in six seasons, this time back at the scene of their first title in 2011. Falcons are deep in the midfield and solid defensively, Brown may be the best freshman the Falcons have had since HoKyong Adkins. Seven starters return, all upperclassmen.
Daegu Warriors2015 season record — 1-18-1.Coach — Robert Kenny, first season. Key performers — Celso Ruiz, Sr. capt.; Zachary Fowler, Sr. capt.; Mitchel Champaco, Jr., F (transferred from Guam); Nathan Scheidt, So., MF.Outlook — Rebuilding-reloading. Team looks promising with the addition of Champaco, who played varsity ball on Guam. Good mix of veterans and newcomers. Could make some noise later in the season. Overcoming the loss of graduated Carlo Bonifacio and Henry Faivre ((7 goals) may be tough.
Robert D. Edgren Eagles2015 season record — 4-11-1, did not place at Far East Division II Tournament.Coach — Bill Schofield, second season.Key performers — Isaiah Guidry, Jr.; Isaiah Robinson, So., GK.Outlook — Rebuilding. Young team this season, Schofield says; six returners, seven new players, five freshmen, just one junior and one senior. Hoping to rely on quickness and team speed.
Humphreys Blackhawks2015 season record — 5-10-3.Coach — Timothy Rippeth, first season.Key performers — Kevin Searl, Sr., MF-F; Felipe Webster, Jr., MF-F; Jason Holcombe, So., MF-F; Olamilekan Soyomi, So., def.; Kai Quander, Jr., GK; Sam Boutte, Fr., MF-F; Christian Saveda, Fr., MF; Rowe Tampus, Fr., MF; Javin Ohara, Fr., MF-def.; Brandon Howell, Jr., MF (transferred from Germany).Outlook — Rebuilding. Much youth on the team, working hard to build chemistry with the help of veteran leadership. Blackhawks have to replace the eight goals scored by Brice Bulotovich, out with a torn meniscus and the combined 21 goals by Osie Cruz (graduated) and Takao Elliot and Jarrek Cruz (transferred to Kubasaki and Zama).
E.J. King Cobras2015 season record — 2-11-3.Coach — Mark Constantine, fourth season (did not coach in 2015).Key performers — Leon Williams, Sr., MF-F; John Ramos, Jr., MF-def.; Gemmar Caasi, Jr., GK-MF; Josh Olaguer-Pagdilas, Jr., MF; Quinten Williams, Sr.; Austin Haven, Sr.Outlook — Rebuilding. Team will need time to develop, Constantine says, but a cadre of underclassmen could blossom as players with practice and playing time.
Osan Cougars2015 season record — 6-13-4, sixth at Far East Division II Tournament.Coach — Duke Allen, second season.Key performers — Tim Davis, Jr., MF (12 goals); Ryan Brewer, Sr., MF; Matthew Burbee, Jr., MF; Josue Gonzales, So., def.; Tyler Smith, So., MF (transferred from Florida).Outlook — Rebuilding. Lost some great athletes, but gained some good soccer players. Very young. PCS took away juniors and seniors and left the Cougars with a large group of freshmen.
Matthew C. Perry Samurai2015 season record — 20-1-3, four-time defending Far East Division II champion.Coach — Mark Lange, 13th season.Key performers — Isaac Lewis, Sr., def.; Aidan Lewis, Jr., F (22 goals, 5 assists); Tyson Moore, Jr., F (12 goals); Vincent Ermitano, Sr., F (18 goals, 4 assists); Chris Lynch, Sr., MF; Andrew Borrero, So., def. (transferred from Fredricksburg, Va.); Kamren Felton, Sr., F (transferred from Okinawa); Kai Lange, Fr., MF-F.Outlook — Reloading-contending. After a one-year absence, a player named Lange returns to the lineup, Kai, younger brother of Gaku, Samurai’s career scoring leader now playing at University of the Pacific. A good blend of experienced players and new faces aiming for “one for the thumb.”
Yokota Panthers2015 season record — 9-12-6, fourth at Far East Division II tournament.Coach — Trent Anderson, second season.Key performers — Keanu McElroy, Jr., MF (6 assists); Anthony Gutierrez, Jr., MF (5 goals); Masaki Takenouchu, So., MF; Connor Standbridge, Jr., def.; Christopher Rickenbach, Sr., GK; Max McKim, Sr.; Cole Grimes, Sr.; Danny Cordoba, Jr.Outlook — Contending for D-II. Solid group of returnees, talented underclass core and a hungry group as a whole.
Zama Trojans2015 season record — 16-4-4, Far East Division II Tournament runner-up.Coach — Marc Norton, fourth season.Key performers — Roman Duarte, Sr., MF (5 goals, 8 assists); Yudai Harashima, Sr., stopper; Ryan Grubbs, Jr., def.; Zachary Lowery, Sr., F; Jarrek Cruz, Sr., MF (5 goals, transferred from Humphreys); Trayland Rose, Sr., def.; Aoi Bivens, So., MF.Outlook — Reloading-contending for DODDS Japan and D-II. Many experienced players have departed, including Malik Wilkes (Pacific-leading 40 goals, 5 assists) who is now playing for Tokyo Verde. Vast group of upperclassmen but limited depth.