In a break from previous practice, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America have included US Development Academy players in their All-American voting. St Louis, and Missouri (no Sporting KC or Kansas City high school players) are represented by two players – Alex AJ Palazzolo and Logan Panchot – in this years All-American list.
Palazzolo, who played for CBC as a freshman and then again as a senior this year with one and a half years with the SLSG Missouri Academy team and the Spring 2014 season as a member of the US Residency program in Florida. He was recently named the Player of the Year for Class 4 in Missouri.
Panchot, who has been part of the US Residency program since September 2013 is a native of Wildwood. I expect he will be returning to St. Louis later this month once classes end in Bradenton where he will rejoin the SLSG Missouri Academy program. I’ll be watching to see if he joins the squad for the Academy Winter Showcase this week. His two older brothers played at Lafayette. Austin, who just finished his freshman season at Indiana with seven straight starts, moved to the Academy program as a sophomore.
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced the 2015 NSCAA Youth All-America Teams, as well as the 2015 Youth Players of the Year.
Mallory Pugh from Real Colorado is a repeat selection as the 2015 NSCAA Youth Girls Player of the Year, while Cameron Lindley from Indiana Fire DA was named the 2015 NSCAA Youth Boys Player of the Year.
A total of 80 players (40 boys, 40 girls) were named All-Americans. Six boys players join Lindley as repeat All-America selections, while 24 girls, including Pugh, also make repeat appearances.
All-Americans and their accomplishments will be celebrated and recognized at the NSCAA All-America Luncheon held during the 2016 NSCAA Convention in Baltimore on Saturday, Jan. 16 at noon. Luncheon registration for players, coaches, and their families will be made available in early December at NSCAA.com.