South KoreaSeoul American Falcons 2014 season record — 15-4-1, fourth in Far East Division I.Coach — Steve Boyd, eighth season. Key performers — Hokyong Adkins, Sr., MF (30 goals, 8 assists); David Neaverth, Sr., MF (2, 7); Sam Mitchell, Jr., GK; Andrew Nutter, So., MF (5, 3); Niko Russey, So., MF (transferred from Hawaii); Brad Hilton, Jr., F (transferred from Virginia)Outlook — Rebuilding, with seven starters from the 2014 team gone, which may mean the end of a five-year run of highly-competitive Falcons teams. Boyd says he’s hopeful that some early-season learning will make the Falcons competitive come May on Okinawa.
OkinawaKadena Panthers 2014 season record — 18-2-2, two-time defending Far East Division I champion.Coach — Michael Callahan, 11th season.Key performers — Junta Callahan, So., MF (11 goals, 8 assists); Au Kanai’i Mustaafa, Sr., MF (8, 3); Ryu Barrett, Sr., MF (4, 2); Diego Rodriguez, Jr., def.; Quentin Moore, Fr., def.; Keagon Longtin, So., GK (transferred from E.J. King); Bryan Vaden, So., def.Outlook — Rebuilding. Maybe the youngest side Callahan has ever coached, only three returning starters, but Callahan has won the Far East D-I title the last three seasons he’s coached, says his team’s in good shape physically but needs to grasp playing style and identity.Kubasaki Dragons 2014 season record — 13-5-3, Far East Division I runner-up.Coach — Saleem Malik, first season (has assisted four years).Key performers — Imani Washington, Sr., MF (23 goals, 6 assists); Richard Erland, Sr., GK; Jonathan Orr, Jr., GK; Nick Ashley, Sr., def.; Iseiah Washington, Jr., F (4, 3); Ilijah Washington, Fr., F; Will Wagner, Jr., F (8 goals); Hannibal Pharathikoune, Jr., def.; Matthew LeMasters, So., MF (5, 6; transferred from Kadena); Miles Mahlock, Jr., MF (transferred from States); Akira Sterle., Fr.Outlook — Contending. Some observers call this the best team the Dragons have fielded in at least a decade. Malik sounded a cautionary note that it’s too soon to say, but he likes the team’s potential.
JapanNile C. Kinnick Red Devils 2014 season record — 11-11-2, fifth at Far East Division I.Coach — Robert Tiffany, sixth season.Key performers — Brady Yoder, Jr., GK; Joe Lewis, Jr., MF; Jianni Labato, Jr., def.; Calvin Mull, Fr., MF; Kei Downs, Fr., MF-F; Dominic Rosa, Jr., GK.Outlook — The mother of all rebuilding jobs. Two returning starters, many others lost to PCS and 11 to graduation. Many of Tiffany’s players are new to the sport; simply a matter of how they gel over the course of the season.Division II
JapanYokota Panthers 2014 season record — 7-18-1, seventh at Far East Division I; first season in D-II.Coach — Trent Anderson, first season.Key performers — Chris Beemsterboer, Sr., def. (3 goals); John Crate, Sr.; Mark Crate, So.; Ray Hernandez, Sr. (3 goals); Josh Hambrick, Sr. (3 goals); Jack Liddle, Sr. (2 goals); Keanu McElroy, So. (3 goals); Nicolas Tures, Sr.; Christopher Rickenbach, Jr., GK.Outlook — Contending for Division II title. Good core of returners, many of them upperclassmen, should help the younger players get up to speed and turn the Panthers into a contender, Anderson said.Robert D. Edgren Eagles 2014 season record — 4-11-1.Coach — Bill Schofield, first season (previously coached at Kinnick in 2000s).Key performers — Austin Burdick, Jr., GK; Nick Cunniff, Sr., MF (3 goals, 4 assists); Joseph Njoroge, Sr.Outlook — Rebuilding. Hampered, as always, by Misawa Air Base’s lengthy winters and indoor practice. Good core of six seniors, but beyond that, just five freshmen and two sophomores; 13 total players and only 11 can make the trip for the season-opening weekend at Zama. Burdick is injured, leaving a question mark in net the first two weeks.Zama Trojans 2014 season record — 13-11.Coach — Marc Norton, third season.Key performers — JayQ Noimanivone, Sr., MF (5 goals, 9 assists); Deante Espree, Sr.; Ryuji Vandeusen, Sr., GK.; Malik Wilkes, Fr. (transferred from States).Outlook — Rebuilding. Trojans lost players to graduation and unexpected transfers, including three players who combined for 70 of the team’s 92 goals.Matthew C. Perry Samurai 2014 season record — 22-3-1, three-time defending Far East Division II champions.Coach — Mark Lange, 12th season.Key performers — Justin Hill, Jr., MF (13 goals, 10 assists); Isaac Lewis, Jr., def.; Aidan Lewis, So., F (9, 5); Jarell Davis, Sr., F (7 goals); Jon Cadavos, Jr., def. (5 assists); Payton Fowler, Sr., F (transferred from North Carolina); Mark Hornbrook, Sr., MF (transferred from Florida); David Lawrence, Jr., def. (transferred from Virginia where he played lacrosse).Outlook — Reloading-contending. Good core of seniors and veterans. Replacing Gaku Lange’s 52 goals and 13 assists will be difficult; this will be the first team the elder Lange has fielded in four years without a player named Lange or Pacific single-season goal-scoring leader Tyelor Apple. But plenty of experience returns on all sides of the field. A chase for a fourth straight D-II star and fifth overall is in the conversation.E.J. King Cobras 2014 season record — 7-11-1.Coach — Quintin Geier, first season.Key performers — Thomas McGrath, Sr., F (12 goals); David Jackson, Sr., F; Rikki Kendall, Jr., def (3 goals).Outlook — Rebuilding. New coach takes over a team that must overcome the loss of graduated Steven Ball and Daichi Bellwood and Ricky Salinas, who transferred to Kadena.
South KoreaDaegu Warriors 2014 season record — 3-15-1.Coach — Justin Treisch, first season.Key performers — Henry Faivre, Sr., F-MF (12 goals); Carlo Bonifacio, Sr., def.-MF (2 goals, 3 assists); Dylan Miller, Sr., def.; Ken Musselwhite, Jr., def.; Zach Fowler, Jr., GK; Nathan Scheidt, Fr., MF; Dennis Cowins, So., F-MF.Outlook — Reloading and possibly contending. Treisch says his players believe this could be the most competitive Warriors team in a long time.Osan Cougars 2014 season record — 2-22.Coach — Duke Allen, first season.Key performers — Sean Copia, Sr., GK; David Solak, Sr., def.; Cory Harding, So., def.; Chase Kingsbury, Sr., MF; Kenny Kim, Sr., def.; Nicholas White, Sr., MF; Jamie Brow-Dawson, Sr., def.; William Dawson, Jr., def.; Tim Davis, So., MF (transferred from Texas); Ryan Brewer, Jr., MF (transferred from Alaska).Outlook — Rebuilding. Many of Allen’s players are new to soccer, with White and the Dawsons having come over from other sports. The learning curve could be steep.Humphreys Blackhawks 2014 season record — 6-10-2.Coach — Troy Purdin, first season.Key performers — Osie Cruz, Sr., MF; Stephen Conkright, Sr., GK; Andrew Kim, Sr., def.; Jacob Garcia, Sr., def.; Kevin Searl, Jr., def.; Jarrek Cruz, Jr., MF; Takao Elliott, Jr., MF; Ryo Elliott, Fr., MF.Outlook — Still building, in just its second season. Ten newcomers to the team, six of them freshmen with varying degrees of experience.