University of Akron midfielder Adam Najem has been named to the U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team, U.S. Soccer announced Thursday.
Najem was one of the top freshmen in college soccer last fall and is one of 24 players selected for the team.
The squad will be led by U-20 MNT assistant coach Brian Bliss and will train on the campus of North Carolina State from Saturday until May 25.
The camp will feature friendly matches against the Carolina RailHawks (Tuesday), RailHawks U-23s (Thursday) and Wilmington Hammerheads (May 24) while head coach Tab Ramos fulfills his duties as an assistant coach with the U.S. Men’s National Team at the team’s World Cup preparation camp in Palo Alto, Calif.
Najem was a member of the U.S. Under-18 National Team player pool in high school and is a current member of the New York Red Bulls Academy of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. He was previously called in for the U-20 MNT training camp in Lakewood Ranch, Fla., last January.
Najem, a native of Clifton, N.J., was a College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer All-Freshman honoree and a first-team All-Mid-American Conference selection in 2013 after leading the Zips with nine assists and four goals.
His assist total was second-highest among all collegiate freshmen and represented the most by a Zips freshman since Anthony Ampaipitakwong recorded the same total in 2007. Najem became the first UA freshman since Darren Mattocks in 2010 to score multiple goals in a game with both scores in a 2-1 victory at Cleveland State.
Najem started 20 of 22 games and finished second on the team with 17 points.
After the camp in North Carolina, the U-20 MNT will next meet at U.S. Soccer’s National Training Center in Carson, Calif., for the NTC Invitational Tournament in mid-July.
University of Akron men’s basketball coach Keith Dambrot announced on Wednesday that Noah Robotham has signed a national letter of intent to play for the Zips in the 2014-15 season.
Robotham, a 5-foot-11 point guard from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, joins the Zips as the No. 6 player in the Class of 2014 from the state of Nevada, according to the ESPN Top 100.
“Noah is a proven winner with an outstanding basketball IQ and tremendous skill at the point guard position,” Dambrot said in a prepared statement. “He comes from a program with a winning tradition and has a great family, including a brother [Czar] that plays [professional] basketball in Canada.”
During his senior year, Noah Robotham was named the 2014 Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year after averaging 16.0 points, 7.1 assists and 3.1 steals per game. He helped Bishop Gorman to a 29-4 record and the program’s third consecutive Nevada state championship.
He was also named the 2014 Las Vegas Review Journal Player of the Year.
Robotham leaves Bishop Gorman as the program’s all-time winningest player, helping the program to 112 wins.
Robotham joins guards Jimond Ivey (Cleveland Glenville, Ohio) and Antino Jackson (Cypress Springs, Texas) in UA’s class of 2014. Ivey and Jackson signed national letters of intent to play for the Zips in April.
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