Dec. 18, 2007
KANSAS CITY, Kans. - Gonzaga University senior forward George Josten has become the Bulldogs inaugural soccer All-America selection by being named to the 2007 National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas All-America third team.
Josten is a three-time NSCAA/adidas Far West Region selection - first team in 2006-07 and third team in 2005, in addition to being a three-time All-West Coast Conference first-team pick.
His Gonzaga career was capped this past season when the Bulldogs returned to the national polls for the first time since 2001 and made their second appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
A product of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Josten leaves Gonzaga tied for third in career goals with 34, third in career assists with 17 and fourth in career points with 85.
Josten, a 2007 Hermann Trophy Watch List candidate, is currently has his sights set on the MLS Draft in January.
Wake Forest University, which spent a portion of the 2007 season ranked No. 1 in the NSCAA/adidas national poll and downed Ohio State University 2-1 for the College Cup title last weekend, claimed the lion's share with three players on the squad: senior defender Pat Phelan (Enfield, Conn.), junior midfielder Sam Cronin (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and sophomore forward Cody Arnoux (Wilmington, N.C.).
The College Cup runnerup Buckeyes placed two on the first team with seniors Eric Bruner (Dublin, Ohio) at defender and Xavier Balc (Hudson, Ohio) at forward. Junior forward Patrick Nyarko (Virginia Tech/Kumasi, Ghana), a finalist for the 2007 Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy, and senior goalkeeper Zack Simmons (Massachusetts/Durham, N.H.) rounded out the College Cup septet.
Boston College had junior midfielders Reuben Ayarna (Accra, Ghana) and Alejandro Bedoya (Weston, Fla.) on the list, while Connecticut's two Hermann Trophy semifinalists, Julius James (Maloney Gardens, Trinidad) and O'Brian White (Scarborough, Ont.) also were on the first team. in addition, California placed sophomore goalkeeper Stefan Frei (Alamo, Calif.) and senior midfielder Andrew Jacobson (Palo Alto, Calif.) on the first team. Both James and Andy Iro (UC Santa Barbara/Liverpool, England) earned honors for the third time.
Nyarko and White were joined by Joseph Lapira (Notre Dame/Lake Charles, La.) as the three finalists announced by the MAC for the 2007 Hermann Trophy, which will be presented in St. Louis on Jan. 11.
The complete team is listed below.
2007 NSCAA/adidas NCAA Men's Division I All-America Team
First TeamPos., Name, Class, School, HometownK, Stefan Frei, So., California, Alamo, Calif.D, Eric Brunner, Sr., Ohio State, Dublin, OhioD, Julius James **, Sr., Connecticut, Maloney Gardens, TrinidadD, Pat Phelan, Sr., Wake Forest, Enfield, Conn.M, Reuben Ayarna, Jr., Boston College, Accra, GhanaM, Alejandro Bedoya, Jr., Boston College, Weston, Fla.M, Andrew Jacobson, Sr., California, Palo Alto, Calif.M, Peter Lowry, Sr., Santa Clara, Fair Oaks, Calif.F, Xavier Balc, Sr., Ohio State, Hudson, OhioF, Joseph Lapira *, Sr., Notre Dame, Lake Charles, La.F, Patrick Nyarko, Jr., Virginia Tech, Kumasi, GhanaF, O'Brian White, Jr., Connecticut, Scarborough, Ont.
Second TeamK, Billy Chiles, Sr., Towson, Silver Spring, Md.D, Calum Angus, Jr., Saint Louis, Portsmouth, EnglandD, Andy Iro **, Sr., UC Santa Barbara, Liverpool, EnglandD, Jon Leathers, Sr., Furman, Athens, Ga.D, Ryan Miller, Sr., Notre Dame, Barrington, Ill.M, Sam Cronin, Jr., Wake Forest, Winston-Salem, N.C.M, Bruno Guarda *, Jr., SMU, Piracicaba, BrazilM, Brad Ring, Jr., Indiana, Rockford, Ill.M, David Roth, Sr., Northwestern, St. Louis, Mo.F, Andre Akpan, So., Harvard, Grand Prairie, TexasF, Graciano Brito, Jr., Quinnipiac, Sao Nicolau, Cape VerdeF, Michael Fucito, Jr., Harvard, Westford, Mass.F, Mike Grella, Jr., Duke, Glen Cove, N.Y.
Third TeamK, Zack Simmons, Sr., Massachusetts, Durham, N.H.D, Chris Clements, Jr., Tulsa, Allen, TexasD, Joe Donoho, Sr., Bradley, Tampa, Fla.D, Omar Gonzalez, So., Maryland, Dallas, TexasM, Pavle Dundjer, Sr., Illinois-Chicago, Belgrade, SerbiaM, Stephen King, Sr., Maryland, Medford, N.J.M, Shea Salinas, Sr., Furman, Grapevine, TexasM, Michael Videira, Sr., Duke, Milford, Mass.M, Andy Wright, Sr., West Virginia, Liverpool, EnglandF, Cody Arnoux, So., Wake Forest, Wilmington, N.C.F, Michael Ferguson, So., Loyola (Ill.), Overland Park, Kan.F, George Josten, Sr., Gonzaga, Idaho Falls, IdahoF, Sherron Manswell, Sr., Boston College, Maracas, Trinidad
* indicates prior selection