Coach: Chere Thomas, second season
Last season: 7-8-1, 5-5 Region 5-7A
Key returners: D Tate O’Brien, Sr., D Carter Mason, Sr., D Bryant Linares, Sr., MF Luis Paz, Sr., G Carlos Guerrero, Sr., MF Nick Postell, Sr.
Key newcomers: N/A
What to know: Coming off an appearance in the state championship two years ago, the War Eagles’ 2019 was an up-and-down one, and they’ll continue to work on their team chemistry in Chere Thomas’ second season. They’ll have some returners to help improve their standing, including second-team All-County selections Nick Postell and Carter Mason.
Coach: Brett Godwin, second season
Last season: 5-11-1 overall, 1-5 Region 7-4A
Key returners: MF Shayahn Mirfendereski, Sr., G Newsha Mirfendereski, Jr., MF Zach Bourg, Sr., F Jonathan Kobby, So., F Georgie Manoj, Sr., MF Taye Beckford, Jr.
Key newcomers: G Caelan Whitehead, Sr., D Cury Coronado, Jr., D Rohan Kothari, Jr., MF Jacob Pelletier, So., MF Juan Ramirez, So., F Camden Barnett, Fr.
What to know: Even with a few seniors now on the roster, the Danes will still be a young team for the 2020 season. Still, with 11 returners from the team’s inaugural year, there’s optimism , and with the Danes showing growth after a year together, head coach Brett Godwin is excited to see if his team can break through in Year 2.
Coach: Chris Wilson, 11th season
Last season: 21-1-1 overall, 10-0 Region 5-7A
Key returners: G Cole Scott, Sr., D Trey Kirksey, Sr., D Harry Maughan, Sr., MF Campbell Wilson, Sr., D Brogan Riggle, Sr., MF Julian Cuervo, Jr., F Yeonsung Lee, Jr., F Tyler Nadiak, Jr., G Joao Moreira, D Hugh Headrick, So.
Key newcomers: D Jared Carter, Jr., D James Cash, Jr., MF Nick Trinh, So., F Sean Renz, So., MF Diego Nogales, So., MF Chase Bell, So., MF Benji Rose, So., F Dylan Nadiak, Fr., F Paul Yim, Fr., F Max Chapa, Fr.
What to know: Coming off their second straight Class 7A state championship, the Longhorns have lost some key players like All-County Player of the Year Hayden Fontana (25 goals, seven assists) and first-team All-County selection Chris Smith (15 shutouts) in goal. Those certainly are heavy losses, but with 10 returners from last season’s championship team, there is certainly plenty of playoff experience to go around. Replacing the production of the nine seniors that left will be the key challenge for Lambert.
Coach: William Gifford, sixth season
Last season: 13-6 overall, 6-4 Region 5-7A
Key returners: G Cristhian Sanchez, Sr., D Kieran Evans, Sr., D Andy Guzman, So., D Hunter Broome, Jr., MF Anthony Grasso, Sr., MF Sergio Moreira, Sr., MF Tracy Moon, Sr., MF Dani Nogueira, Sr., MF Daniel Martin, Sr., F Alex Guzman, Jr.
Key newcomers: G Keegan Willford, Fr.
What to know: The Bulldogs have a group of veterans this year with strong leadership, led by 2019 first-team All-County selections Anthony Grasso, Sergio Moreira and Alex Guzman. Having played together for a few years now, Central could be very competitive in the region, but needs to get better in communication and finishing scoring opportunities.
Coach: Jared Steinberg, fourth season
Last season: 2-12-1 overall, 1-8 Region 5-7A
Key returners: G Alberto Rangel-Castro, Jr., MF Carson Thomasetti, Sr. MF John Adams, Jr., D Andrew Johnson, Sr.
Key newcomers: MF Jesus Maldonado, So., F Rafael Zurita, Sr.
What to know: Head coach Jared Steinberg returns to the helm of North’s boys team after focusing on solely the girls last season. The Raiders will have some seniors in place to help lead them to a better year after a sour 2019, with Steinberg seeing a better soccer IQ from his team. With new players in the mix, though, getting the team to work well together will still be a challenge.
Coach: Domenic Martelli, fifth season
Last season: 10-5-1 overall, 5-3 Region 8-1A Private
Key returners: MF Nicolas Martelli, Sr., D Brendan Kane, Sr., F Arturo Munguia, Sr., MF Jake Lair, Sr., G Matt Del Balzo, Sr., D Joe Metz, Sr., D Jack Morrissey, Sr., MF Colin Brown, So.
Key newcomers: G Evan Kane, So., F Sebastian Santa Maria, So., MF Dylan Dennis, So.
What to know: Pinecrest’s boys just barely missed out on the playoffs last year, and it wasn’t for lack of talent. The Paladins are returning some of their top playmakers and defensive players for 2020, led by first team All-County selection Brendan Kane on the defense. They do lose top goal-scorer Connor Sassine, though, so they’ll need others to step up in goal scoring.
Coach: Chad Davenport, second season
Last season: 0-14-2, 0-9 Region 5-7A
Key returners: D Josh Westerby, Jr., D Jack Schnarr, Jr., MF Brennan McInerney, Sr., MF Gustav Bringle, Sr., MF Josh Patskanick, Sr., F Nick Fresquez, So., F Aidan Mienert, Sr.
Key newcomers: F Thad Harp, So., MF Reid Campbell, So., G Liam Badger, Jr.
What to know: The Wolverines will be looking for a lot of improvement in Chad Davenport’s second season as head coach. Defense will be West’s biggest strength with three starters back and two players from JV getting moved up. The key for the Wolverines will be up top, as they try to turn scoring opportunities into goals.