Friday, December 23, 2011

Gentile, Rodriguez earn national honors

The Charlotte 49ers' soccer team picked up some national honors today from Soccer America magazine.

Forward Giuseppe Gentile was named the magazine's freshman of the year and senior defender Charles Rodriguez made its first  'MVP' team.

Gentile, who played at Charlotte's Ardrey Kell High, led the 49ers with 10 goals this season and was also the Atlantic 10's rookie of the year. Rodriguez, who had already made named first-team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is one of three senior starters the 49ers will lose for next season.

North Carolina's Ben Speas, who scored the winning goal in the Tar Heels' 1-0 national championship victory against Charlotte, was named the magazine's player of the year.


Anonymous said...

David, this news deserves better than a blog designated for Niners only; if for no other reason, because this is a local kid from a local high school that stayed home to attend the local university. You need to get your sports editor to back off of some of those UNC-chapel hill promotions enough to get this story in print.

Anonymous said...

Congrats to Giusi and Chuck. Carry on the momentum Giusi and make Coach Gunn sorry he left. Maybe he'll bring Stanford to our place. Best wishes Chuck and Gunn.

panfan1 said...

I 2nd Anon. 12:36 AM!!!!

Anonymous said...

no need for anything unc-CHeat related on this blog.

Anonymous said...

I third what Anon 12:36 and Anon 10:37 said, and I 2nd what Anon 12:06 said.

This isw fabulous news for the Niners and the local players from Charlotte. They deserve much better than a blog designated "for Niners only". Who knows where the Niners would be if the Observer had treated them with the same respect they did other teams while the Niners were winning all those games in CUSA in the 90s and early 2000s.