Three Long Islanders are ranked among the Top-100 men’s college soccer players to watch during the 2019 season by Top Drawer Soccer.
Georgetown senior defender Dylan Nealis of Massapequa is ranked No. 8; New Hyde Park-native Brian Saramago, a senior forward at Loyola-Maryland, is ranked No. 23; and Akron sophomore defender Carlo Ritaccio of Westbury is ranked No. 29.
Nealis, whose brother Sean plays for Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls, is about to begin his senior season with the Hoyas. In 2018 he was named First Team All-East Region by United Soccer Coaches, was the Big East Defensive Player of the Year and was named to the All-Big East First Team.
In his first three seasons at Georgetown, Nealis has appeared in 54 games (52 starts) and has 3 goals and 9 assists. The Hoyas open the season on August 30 at home against Syracuse.
Saramago is looking to follow his 2018 season when he was named a United Soccer Coaches Third Team All American. This year, he was again named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch list, the award given to the best men’s and women’s soccer players in the nation.
Through his first three seasons with the Greyhounds, Saramago has appeared in 49 games (45 starts) with 26 goals and 14 assists. He scored a career-high 10 goals in 2018. Loyola opens its season on August 30 against North Carolina State.
Ritaccio is entering his second season with the Zips that follows his team’s trip to the finals of the 2018 Men’s Soccer College Cup where Akron lost 1-0 to Maryland.
Following his first season of college ball, the W.T. Clarke High School graduate was named Freshman of the Year by Top Drawer Soccer and named to Top Drawer’s Freshman Best XI. During his freshman season, he started all 22 games in which he appeared scoring 3 goals.
Akron opens its season on August 30 against Xavier.