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By STARS AND STRIPES Published: March 14, 2019

Division I

Humphreys Blackhawks

2018 season record — 4-14.
Coach — Steve Boyd, first season (coached 11 years at Seoul American).
Key performers — Rowe Tampus, Sr., MF; Jonathan Houghton, Jr., MF; Sam Lister, Jr., MF.; Ben Lister, Jr., CB.; Jack Heo, Sr., GK; Devin Donnell, Sr., MF; Logan Morris, Sr., MF (All-Far East Division I last season with Seoul American); Tyler Edwards, Jr., MF; Josh Allmond, Sr., CB.
Outlook — Rebuilding. New coach, new system; it will take time for the new players, most from Seoul American, to mesh with the returners from last season, but there’s “much potential to be very competitive,” Boyd said.

Kadena Panthers

2018 season record — 6-4-3, Far East Division I runner-up.
Coach — Tony Washington, first season (longtime assistant at Kubasaki).
Key performers — Jonathan Ferguson, Sr., MF (reigning Far East Division I Best Goalkeeper); Kian Smith, Sr., MF (12 goals, 6 assists; 28 goals past two seasons); Nao Heckerman, Sr., def.; Zachary Stebbins, So., GK; Sam Stebbins, Sr., MF; John Wrachford, Fr., MF; Dakota Summers, Fr., MF.
Outlook — Contending, even though Washington becomes the team’s third coach in three seasons. Team remains very strong in the middle, Heckerman holding down the back end, while Summers and Wrachford may be young but are not new to soccer, having played off base. Key question will be how moving Ferguson out of net to the midfield will work. Could make a strong bid to return to the D-I final.

Nile C. Kinnick Red Devils

2018 season record — 21-3-2, third at Far East Division I Tournament.
Coach — Tim Rippeth, first season (coached last two seasons at Humphreys).
Key performers — Nicholas Burke, Sr., GK; Kai Sullivan, Jr., F (37 goals, 7 assists); Cael Bowen, Sr. def. (9 assists); Jazel Mendoza, Sr., MF; Alex Scheidt, Jr., def.; Conner McAllister, Sr., def; Taiga O’Donnell, Jr., def.; Ethan Yuska, So., def.; Joey Hand, So., MF.; Jack Boran, Sr., MF (7 goals; transferred from Kubasaki).
Outlook — Reloading-contending, with a strong core of veterans augmented by a promising group of freshmen who aren’t new to soccer; many have played off base for Japanese clubs.

Kubasaki Dragons

2018 season record — 24-1-1, defending Far East D-I Tournament champion.
Coach — Chris Eastman, eighth season.
Key performers — Jeffrey Horton, Sr., MF; Noah Hayes, Sr., MF (13 goals); Sinjin Pharathikoune, Sr., F (7 goals).
Outlook — Rebuilding, with most of the 2018 lineup having graduated or transferred. A solid core of three veterans, along with plenty of underclassmen looking to find roles.

Division II

Daegu Warriors

2018 season record — 0-14-2.
Coach — Robert Kenny, fourth season.
Key performers — Miciah Ruff, Sr., MF; Donald Thomas, Sr., MF; Jaemin An, Jr., GF; Andy Reeves, So., MF; Joshua Dela Cruz, Jr., MF; Hansel Morris, Jr., def.
Outlook — Rebuilding, again, with a number of last year’s players graduated or transferred. Still, a good combination of veterans and newcomers hoping to improve, grow and be competitive as the season progresses.

Robert D. Edgren Eagles

2018 season record — 5-19-2.
Coach — Dale Hovenkotter, Steven Belnap, Russell North, first season as a group (Belnap has assisted before).
Key performers — Joshua Hartley, Sr., F. (12 goals, 10 assists); Cody Dettman, Sr.; Jun Royster, Sr., F; Ben Christenson, Sr.; Ethan Hovenkotter, So. (10 goals).
Outlook — Rebuilding with the majority of the team being underclassmen and a new coaching staff. Hoping to improve and grow and be more competitive as the season wears on.

E.J. King Cobras

2018 season record — 1-24-2.
Coach — Ricky Andrew, first season.
Key performers — Galen Argyle, SW; Jonathan Lee, def.; Kyle Lombard, F.
Outlook — Rebuilding. Another new coaching staff, a mix of veteran (six seniors, two juniors) and new players hoping to lay a new foundation.

Osan Cougars

2018 season record — 5-14-2.
Coach — Andrew Grant, third season.
Key performers — James Rivet, Jr., F (transferred from Humphreys; played freshman year at Seoul American); Joey Betts, Jr., F (15 goals, Far East D-II Tournament Best Offensive Player); Minsung Kim, Sr., MF; Lean Copia, Sr., def.; Andrew Eitland, Sr., def.; Noah Han, Sr., def.
Outlook — Reloading-contending. Defense played strong a season ago, while injuries saddled the offense. Grant says he’s hoping both ends of the field can hold their own so the team can vie for a championship that’s eluded the Cougars since 2005.

Matthew C. Perry Samurai

2018 season record — 23-9-2, third in Far East Division II Tournament; six titles in last nine years.
Coach — Mark Lange, 16th season.
Key performers — Kai Lange, Sr., MF-F (Pacific single season-record 85 goals, 23 assists; 139 goals last three seasons; named United Soccer Coaches All-American last summer); Brad Ponsiano, Sr., MF; C.J. Dilport, Sr., SW; William Rudolph, Sr., K; Yugo Cooley, So., F; Marshall China, Jr., F; Jaythan Baythavong, So., MF (transferred from Zama).
Outlook — Reloading and hoping to contend. Good blend of veterans and underclass, good chemistry and positive outlook. China, a football lineman and heavyweight wrestler, should be hard to move off the ball. Rudolph provides an emotional presence between the pipes.

Seoul American Falcons

2018 season record — 6-10-4, fourth in Far East D-I Tournament.
Coach — James Madsen, first season).
Key performers — Ben Nagy, Sr., MF (6 goals); Noah Lee, Sr., def.; Kyle Wun, Sr., wing; Daniel Cortez, Fr., def.; Mark Doyle, Fr., def.; Toy Williams, Fr., wing; Brian Choe, Jr., GK.
Outlook — Rebuilding, hopefully contending in the school’s last year. Though there’s only three seniors and more underclassmen than upper, plenty of players are not new to the game. Communication and leadership will be vital, especially come tournament time.

Yokota Panthers

2018 season record — 15-15-4, second at Far East Division II tournament for third straight year.
Coach — Trent Anderson, fifth season.
Key performers — David Carlson, Jr., MF (5 goals, 7 assists); Eli Newton, Sr., MF (7 goals); Zach Namoca, So., F (5 goals, 7 assists); Ethan Gaume, Sr., def. (reigning Far East Division II Best Defender); Andrew Beene, So., F; Marc Delatorre, Sr., MF; Ezekiel Woo, So., def.
Outlook — Reloading-contending. A vast crop of players – 31 in all – turned out for tryouts. Good veteran core and many underclassmen who are not new to the sport, who have skill and can contribute significant minutes or even start.

Zama Trojans

2018 season record — 13-13, fourth in Far East Division II Tournament for second straight year.
Coach — Andres and Evoly Angarita, second seasons.
Key performers — Isaac Norton, Sr., MF; Justyn Seraphin, Sr., F (12 goals, 7 assists); Kai Sakata, Fr., MF; Nicholas Nonaka, So., GK.
Outlook — Complete rebuild, with only four players back. It will take time to develop chemistry, as the team is working to get to know each other and assimilate to the different tactics.

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