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Soccer stuff: friendly vs. Strikers, 2013 signing class

FIU hosts a friendly against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers next Thursday at 7:30 p.m. At halftime, kids 12 and under can take part in a free soccer clinic. Adults $4, children $2, students for free.

Amidst the American football signees on National Signing Day, I threw in a futbol player or two. Here's the full list, which includes four players from Weston FC (club soccer is at least as, probably more important than high school soccer in recruiting):

Defender Juan Benedetty, Cypress Bay High, Weston FC: Weston FC captain, First Team All-Broward and recruited by Cornell, Harvard, Michigan and St. John's. So, he'll know where the library is.

Forward Luis Betancur, Parkland Douglas, Weston FC: 2012 Florida Dairy Farmers State Player of the Year. He's played on Puerto Rico's 2012 Under 20 World Cup qualifying team.

Goalkeeper Lawrence Craggs, Ocala Forest, Belleview United: First Team All-County as a junior, 0.38 goals against average in club ball during this season.

Midfielder Angel Espana, Newark St. Benedict's, Players Development Academy: Espana's a California guy, but moved across country to St. Benedict's for his senior year - during which he was The (Newark) Star-Ledger's Player of the Year and St. Benedict's was the ESPN "national champion" for the fall.

Midfielder Ismael Longo, Cypress Bay, Weston FC: Rated as FIU's best recruit, worth four stars, according to TopDrawerSoccer.com

Midfielder Nelson Milsaint, Editon High, Cloud County Community College, Weston FC: Four-time All-Dade pick, Florida Athletic Coaches Association picked him as District 19, Class 3A Player of the Year his senior year.

Defender Victor Reyes, West Covina South Hills High, LA Galaxy: The Galaxy program is known for turning out quality.

Midfielder Darren Rios, Archbiship McCarthy, Weston FC: 2012 All-Broward selection. He trained with the Bogota futbol club in 2011




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