New faces dominated the 30-player boys' All-Europe soccer squads selected last week by a panel of coaches chaired by DOSS-Europe athletic coordinator Karen Seadore.
A mere five holdovers from the 2011 Top 30, led by Alconbury junior striker Jeff Black, returned this season. Black, who scored 16 goals and handed out six assists in nine games this season, was a first-team choice in 2010 and 2011.
Joining Black on the 2012 Top 30 are repeat first-team striker Alessandro Pryce of Division I champion International School of Brussels and second-team choices Taylor Curry of Vicenza, Tyler Grissett of Alconbury and Tyler Lewis of Vilseck, a first-team selection when he played for Bamberg in 2011.
No one team dominated the selections - unbeaten ISB placed Pryce and center midfielder Lukas MacNaughton on the first team and their fellow junior, midfielder Stijn Kruidenier, on the second 15. Vicenza and Naples, both D-II schools, each placed three on the Top 30, but just one of the six made the first team.
That player was senior forward Ronaldo Reyter II, who accounted for 20 of Vicenza's 32 goals in 2012. His teammates John Camuso and Curry made the second 15 as did the Naples trio of senior Krste Maleski, junior Bryan Pfirrmann and the lone freshman selected, striker Brenton Bonnema. Bonnema found the net seven times in his first varsity season.
Midfielders Cameron Hansen of Ramstein and Brian Thomas of Sigonella, both first-team selections, and Wiesbaden midfielder John Arnold, voted to the second team, were the lone sophomores to make All-Europe this year; 10 juniors and 16 seniors filled out the squads.
Player School Grade Position
Jeff Black Alconbury 11 Forward
Devon Fluker Hohenfels 12 Midfielder
Cameron Hansen Ramstein 10 Midfielder
Lukas McNaughton ISB 11 Midfielder
Jacob Mattison Ramstein 12 Midfielder
Daniel Morris Heidelberg 11 Forward
Drew Nixon Patch 12 Sweeper
Jesse Partee Vilseck 12 Goalkeeper
Alessandro Pryce ISB 11 Striker
Ronaldo Reyter II Vicenza 12 Forward
Victor Rivera Rota 12 Midfielder
Zach Runnels Patch 12 Goalkeeper
Brian Thomas Sigonella 10 Midfielder
Cody Tremaine Kaiserslautern 11 Striker
Jacob Witty Hohenfels 12 Midfielder
Player School Grade Position
John Arnold Wiesbaden 10 Midfielder
Brenton Bonnema Naples 9 Striker
Christian Burdick Menwith Hill 11 Center back
John Camuso Vicenza 12 Midfielder
Taylor Curry Vicenza 12 Defender
Ryan Fisico Wiesbaden 12 Forward/ midfielder
Tyler Grissett Alconbury 12 Sweeper
Stijn Kruidenier ISB 11 Midfielder
Tyler Lewis Vilseck 12 Forward
Krste Maleski Naples 12 Midfielder
Bryan Pfirrmann Naples 11 Defender/ sweeper
Tim Sellman Heidelberg 11 Defender
Carlos Shay Rota 12 Sweeper
Peter Swisshelm Sigonella 11 Sweeper
Sage Thornbrugh Vilseck 12 Forward
Selection panel - Karen Seadore, DODDS-Europe athletic coordinator; Phillip Andre, Sigonella; Jeffrey Black, Alconbury; Tony Harris, SHAPE; Craig Lord, Naples; Dominik Ludes, Ramstein; Billy Ratcliff, Patch; Ken Robinson, Kaiserslautern; Shawn Rodman, Hohenfels.