Kadena Panthers2016 season record — 14-7-3, third in Far East Division I tournament.Coach — Michael Callahan, 13th season.Key performers — Junta Callahan, Sr., MF (did not play last season, All-Far East 2014-15); Quentin Moore, Jr., def.; Bryan Vaden, Sr., def.; Guy Renquist, So., MF (9 goals); Kian Smith, So., MF (8 goal, 9 assists); Gerald Walton, Sr., F (9 goals); Johnathan Ferguson, So., GK; Nao Heckerman, So., def. (transfer from California).Outlook — Contending, after two disappointing finishes the last two seasons. Balanced group with veterans on the backline, and will be bolstered by the return of Callahan, who has committed to Division I Valparaiso; a matter of how eight newcomers gel with the rest.
Nile C. Kinnick Red Devils2016 season record — 6-12-2, fifth at Far East Division I.Coach — Travis Stevens, first season.Key performers — Chon Dareing, Sr., MF; Daniel Moran, Jr., MF; Louis Saldana, Sr., def.; Aki Siibo, So., MF; Kei Downs, Jr., F.Outlook — Rebuilding, now with Stevens at the helm, replacing departed Robert Tiffany after seven seasons. Just four seniors, two juniors and the rest underclassmen. Stevens, a Kadena alumnus, hopes to build a more cohesive group. Two Red Devils opted to play for their Japanese club teams.
Kubasaki Dragons2016 season record — 20-0-2, defending Far East Division I champion.Coach — Chris Eastman, sixth season (took last two seasons off); assisted by last year’s head coach Tony Washington.Key performers — Ilijah Washington, Jr., MF (All-Far East in 2016); Matthew LeMasters, Sr., MF (7 goals); Ryo Elliot, Jr., MF (all-Far East); Bobby Riegert, Sr., GK (2016 D-I Best Goalkeeper).Outlook — Rebuilding, after the third time was the charm last spring following two frustrating D-I runner-up finishes. Hoping to grow and become stronger in future campaigns.
Seoul American Falcons2016 season record — 12-10-1, fourth in Far East Division I.Coach — Steve Boyd, 10th season.Key performers — Kevin Hwang, Sr., center-back.; David Brown, So., MF (6 goals; foot injury to start season); Sr., Danny Berdine, Sr., MF; Ben Nagy, So., MF (5 goals); Nathan Scheidt, Jr., MF (13 goals; transferred from Daegu, All-Far East D-II); James Rivet, Fr., MF; Jan Rodriguez, Sr., MF (transferred from States); T.J. Carver, Sr., MF (transferred from Germany); Brenton Carver, Fr., MF (also from Germany).Outlook — Rebuilding for the moment, but with new faces who are not new to the game. Eight starters departed, four of whom contributed 48 goals and 28 assists; “they’ll be difficult to replace,” Boyd says. But by the time May comes along, Boyd says he feels the team has a shot at a third D-I championship in seven seasons.
Daegu Warriors2016 season record — 9-9-1, third in Far East Division II.Coach — Robert Kenny, second season.Key performers — Mitchel Champaco, Sr., MF (11 goals, 6 assists, All-Far East); Gage Zach, So., GK; Nikolai Champaco, Fr., MF; Giovanni Garrido, Jr., MF (transferred from California).Outlook — Reloading, perhaps contending after being one of the most improved teams in Korea and D-II. Ranks are thin, but experienced with the Champaco brothers having matriculated on Guam in their youth and Garrido from the States, and Zach keeps them strong in the back.
Robert D. Edgren Eagles2016 season record — 2-17-0, did not place in Far East Division II.Coach — Bill Schofield, third season.Key performers — Isaiah Robinson, Jr., def./MF (8 goals); Garrett Hovekotter, Sr., MF; Christian Cumings, Sr., def.; Sean Barry, Sr., MF; Romeo Macagba, Sr., MF; Benjamin Christenson, Jr., def.; Christopher Wood, So., MF/def.; Tariq Lewis, Sr., MF/F; Vincent Doria, Sr., def. (coming over from baseball); Jun Royster, So., MF.; Joshua Hartley, Fr., F; Kristopher Urbina, Fr., MF/def.Outlook — Reloading, possibly as deep a team as Schofield has had, plus nine upperclassmen. As long as the Eagles don’t lose bodies, they should do well, Schofield says.
Humphreys Blackhawks2016 season record — 1-18-0.Coach — Vernie Jones, first season.Key performers — Jason Holcombe, Jr., MF-F; Christian Saaveda, Jr., MF; Rowe Tampus, So., MF; Brandon Howell, Jr., MF; Teige Heckenlaible, Jr., MF; Jonathan Houghton, Fr., F; Myles Rickett, Jr., def.; Marcos Vazquez, Jr., def./MF (transferred from States).Outlook — Rebuilding. Fourth coach in four seasons. Some promising newcomers and returners, but having to start with new system and many freshmen with precious little experience.
E.J. King Cobras2016 season record — 1-25-0.Coach — Mimi Long and Jason Spruill, first season.Key performers — Gemmar Caasi, Sr., GK-MF; MF; Cain Breyette, Sr., F; Gavril Tango, Sr. (transferred from Seoul American).Outlook — Rebuilding, with precious few returners and a new coaching staff.
Osan Cougars2016 season record — 7-15-0, sixth at Far East Division II Tournament.Coach — Andrew Grant, first season.Key performer — Matthew Burbee, Sr., MF.Outlook — Rebuilding. Starting over with their second new coach in three seasons and a bunch of weapons having graduated or transferred. Hoping an infusion of youth will grow quickly and avoid injuries down the stretch.
Matthew C. Perry Samurai2016 season record — 21-5-2, five-time defending Far East Division II champion, six titles in last seven seasons.Coach — Mark Lange, 14th season.Key performers — Aidan Lewis, Sr., F (12 goals, 18 assists); Andrew Borrero, So., def. (transferred from Fredricksburg, Va.); Kai Lange, So., MF-F (27 goals, 13 assists); Colin Ernst, Jr., sweeper; David Shoebrook, Jr., MF (7 goals); Bradley Ponsiano, So., MF (transferred from Temecula, Calif.); Lorenzo Hernandez, Fr., MF (transferred from WaPato, Wash.); Caeleb Ricafrente, Sr., GK.Outlook — Reloading-contending. Once more, a blend of experienced players and new faces, but with more contending teams in D-II and several vacancies to fill in the middle, a sixth straight Far East title may be a challenge. Just four seniors, including first-time keeper Ricafrente, but a solid core set for a deep run.
Yokota Panthers2016 season record — 19-5-5, second at Far East Division II tournament (lost to Perry 2-1 in OT).Coach — Trent Anderson, third season.Key performers — Dylan Grimes, Jr., MF/F (20 goals, All-Far East); Keanu McElroy, Sr., MF (12 goals, 6 assists, All-Far East); Anthony Gutierrez, Sr., MF (8 goals); Masaki Takenouchu, Jr., MF; Connor Standbridge, Sr., def.; Danny Cordoba, Sr., MF (5 assists); James Fearney, Jr., MF/F; Bradley Juntunen, Jr., def.; Dakota Peltzer, So. (5 goals); Conor Standbridge., Sr., def.Outlook — Contending. Eight starters return from a team that just missed in the D-II final. “Should be a fun season,” Anderson said.
Zama Trojans2016 season record — 9-6-5, fourth in Far East Division II Tournament.Coach — Marc Norton, fifth season.Key performers — Aoi Bivens, Jr., MF; Ryan Grubbs, Sr., def.; Junior Yoplo, Jr., MF/F (transferred from Ivory Coast).Outlook — Rebuilding for the first time on Norton’s watch. Eight senior starters departed after last season, including three players who contributed 62 goals and 31 assists, and Norton says he waited until the very last tryouts to make any cuts at all. Some depth but not as much experience as in past years.