Kadena Panthers2017 season record — 13-6-1, defending Far East Division I tournament champion.Coach — Christopher Anderson, first season.Key performers — Quentin Moore, Sr., def.; Kian Smith, Jr., MF (16 goals); Nao Heckerman, Jr., def.; Eric Fletcher, Sr., MF; Seth Garcia, Sr., def.; Brennon Slinger, Fr.Outlook — Contending, still, despite losing 13-year coach Mike Callahan, his son Junta (now playing at Valparaiso), defending Bryan Vaden (graduated) and Guy Renquist, now running track. Defense remains solid with Moore anchoring along with Heckerman and Garcia, while Smith provides a ton of scoring firepower. Slinger is young, but not new to the game.
Nile C. Kinnick Red Devils2017 season record — 12-10-1, third at Far East Division I Tournament.Coach — Travis Stevens, second season.Key performers — Akimanzi Siibo, Jr., MF; Nicholas Burke, GK; Kai Sullivan, F; Nathan Scheidt, Sr., MF (transferred from Seoul American; played sophomore season at Daegu); Cael Bowmen, Jr.; Tatsuya Casey, So.Outlook — Rebuilding, graduated four seniors and lost six starters from last season, but still a strong core group made stronger with the addition of Scheidt, a veteran of the Korea pitch, and Bowmen and Casey, who came over from Japanese clubs.
Kubasaki Dragons2017 season record — 14-3-3, Far East D-I Tournament runner-up.Coach — Chris Eastman, seventh season (assisted by 2015 head coach Tony Washington).Key performers — Ilijah Washington, Sr., MF (two times All-Far East); Ryo Elliot, Sr., MF (12 goals, 5 assists; two times All-Far East); Jeffrey Horton, Jr., MF; Noah Hayes, Jr., MF; Joshua Swen, Sr. MF (2016 All-Far East selection); Daiya Taba, Sr., def.; Judge Morgan, Sr., F (transferred from Virginia; played freshman and sophomore season at Stuttgart, Germany).Outlook — Reloading-contending, with 11 of 15 players returning from last year’s Far East side. Plenty of talent among returning seniors, bolstered by the addition of Morgan from Virginia. A good group of incoming freshmen who are not new to the game.
Seoul American Falcons2017 season record — 8-9, fourth in Far East D-I Tournament.Coach — Steve Boyd, 11th season.Key performers — David Brown, Jr., MF; Ben Nagy, Jr., MF (16 goals); Noah Lee, Jr.; Jeff Hindman, Jr.; James Ahn, So., def.; Amon Manville, Sr., GK; Devin Donnell, Jr., MF; Logan Morris, Jr., MF; Scott Peterson, Fr., MF; Ty White, Fr., def; Will Scott, Fr., MF; Max Harding, Fr., def.Outlook — Four freshmen could find their way into the starting lineup. Falcons might struggle at first, but if all the pieces fall into place, they could contend for a third D-I title in eight seasons.
Daegu Warriors2017 season record — 5-12, eighth in Far East Division II Tournament.Coach — Robert Kenny, third season.Key performers — Gage Zach, Jr., GK (two times All-Far East); Nikolai Champaco, So., MF; Giovanni Garrido, Sr., MF (5 goals); Tony Marrion, Sr., def. (transferred from Savannah, Ga); Cameron Rodriguez, So., def. (transferred from Ogden, Utah).Outlook — Rebuilding. Hoping to win against more closely matched DODEA schools and play competitively against the international teams. Placing in the top five in Korea Blue and D-II is an “ambitious if not good expectation” for this season, Kenny says.
Robert D. Edgren Eagles2017 season record — 2-17-0, sixth in Far East D-II Tournament.Coach — Bill Schofield, fourth season.Key performers — Joshua Hartley, So., F. (11 goals); Cody Dettman, Jr.; Jun Royster, Jr., F; Ben Christenson, Sr.; Ethan Hovenkotter, Fr.Outlook — Rebuilding, though with freshmen who are not new to the game. Hoping to be more competitive than years past.
Humphreys Blackhawks2017 season record — 4-14.Coach — Tim Rippeth, second season.Key performers — Jason Holcombe, Sr., def.; Christian “Poncho” Saaveda, Jr., MF; Rowe Tampus, Jr., MF; Teige Heckenlaible, Sr., MF; Jonathan Houghton, So., MF-F (11 goals); Miles Rickett, Sr., def.; Sam Lister, So., MF-def.; Ben Lister, So., MF-def.; Jack Heo, Jr., GK; James Rivet, So., MF-F (transferred from Seoul American); Aiden Rivera, Fr., MF.; Brice Bulotovich, Sr., F.Outlook — Rebuilding-reloading, and likely about to reap some of the benefits of the transfer transport from Seoul American – Rivet a prime example – as the transformation to Humphreys continues. Could become a contender in league and be competitive at D-II.
E.J. King Cobras2017 season record — 3-19-1, seventh at Far East D-II Tournament.Coach — Corey Atwood, first season; Jason Spruill, second season.Key performers — None provided.Outlook — Rebuilding, with precious few returners and a new coaching staff.
Osan Cougars2016 season record — 7-15-0, seventh at Far East Division II Tournament.Coach — Andrew Grant, second season.Key performers — Erique Martinez, Sr.; Braydon Hammond, Sr.; Minsung Kim, Jr.; Isaiah Raspet, Jr.; Chance Yarbrough, Jr.; Lean Copia, Jr.; Brevin Perez, Jr.; Andrew Eitland, Jr.; Cade Kabaj, So.Outlook — Rebuilding-reloading. The team remains young, only two seniors, but Grant feels that things “will be different” this season.
Matthew C. Perry Samurai2017 season record — 14-8-1, fifth in Far East Division II Tournament; six titles in last eight years.Coach — Mark Lange, 15th season.Key performers — Andrew Borrero, Sr., def.; Kai Lange, Jr., MF-F (27 goals, 8 assists; 54 goals last two seasons); Dylan Ernst, Sr., sweeper (All-Far East); David Shoebrook, Sr., MF (7 goals); Daniel Riley, So., def.; Matthew Torrecilas, So., def. (transferred from North Carolina); Giovanni Cano, Fr., MF; Yugo Cooley, Fr., F; Oscar Pineda, Fr., MF.Outlook — Rebuilding-reloading. A young team that may struggle at the start, but improve as the season wears on. Good blend of youngsters and upperclassmen. This could be a breakout season for Lange the younger.
Yokota Panthers2017 season record — 18-6-1, second at Far East Division II tournament for second straight year.Coach — Trent Anderson, fourth season.Key performers — Masaki Takenouchu, Sr., def.; James Fearney, Sr., F; Eli Newton, Jr., MF; Jonah Newton, Sr., def.; Ethan Gaume, Sr., MF; David Carlson, So., MF; Renyck Robertson, Jr., GK (moves over from baseball); Zack Namoca, Fr., F.Outlook — Contending. Although the transfer transport took away six players who combined for 75 goals, Anderson feels he still has the ingredients for deep runs in DODEA-Japan and D-II.
Zama Trojans2017 season record — 6-15-2, fourth in Far East Division II Tournament.Coach — Andres and Evoly Angarita, first seasons.Key performers — Aoi Bivins, Sr., MF; Isaac Norton, Jr., MF; Barou Yoplo, Sr., MF/F (19 goals, 6 assists); Mario Acevedo-Fuchs, Fr., GK; Christopher Escamilla Jr., Jr., def.; Liam Thompson, Fr., MF.Outlook — Rebuilding, first new coaching tandem in six seasons, a handful of returners but mostly players who are new to the sport. A good mix between newcomers and some key returners could help the Trojans compete later in the season when it counts.