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2019 - Year In Review For Arizona Natives (Pro & International Level)


Thursday, December 12th, 2019 -- Led by the ladies, this past year was arguably the best performance from former Arizona Soccer Association players at the professional and international levels. 

The ladies success kicked off this summer when two Arizona ladies won the World Cup (Julie Ertz and Jessica McDonald) and continued in the fall when three competed in the UEFA Women's Champions League (Cassie Miller, Brooke Denesik, Jorian Baucom). And in the final month of the year, a third native was named (Ashley Hatch) to the U.S. Women's National Team - which set a state record for three players called up to the same senior national team in a calendar year. 

On the men's side, there are now seven current head coaches and assistant coaches throughout Major League Soccer, USL Championship, and USL League One. Additionally, two natives won the USL Championship and another native was named to the U.S. Men's National Team. 

Former Arizona Soccer Association players are also competing all over the world. 28 players are competing in six different countries with one, Ventura Alvarado, holding down the captains armband for Necaxa in the Liga MX. 

Check out how all the Arizona natives performed this past year. 

Players Named To Senior National Teams

Julie Ertz - U.S. Women's National Team
Jessica McDonald - U.S. Women's National Team
Ashley Hatch - U.S. Women's National Team
Justen Glad - U.S. Men's National Team
Arianna Romero - Mexico Women's National Team

Players Named To Youth National Teams

U23 Men's National Team - Justen Glad, Brooks Lennon, Richard Ledezma
U23 Women's National Team - Brooke Denesik
U20 Men's National Team - Richard Ledezma
U18 Men's National Team - Erwin Martinez, Christian Mortiz, Bryce Duke
U18 Women's National Team - Mollie Griswold
U15 Women's National Team - Brook Fabri, Anna Castenfelt

Head Coach 

Greg Vanney, Head Coach, Toronto FC - 2019 MLS Cup Runner-up
Season: 13-10-11; 50 pts. (4th in Eastern Conference)

Rick Shantz, Head Coach, Phoenix Rising FC - Eliminated in Western Conference Semifinals 
Season: 24-6-4; 78 pts. (1st in Western Conference)

Michael Rabasca, Head Coach, Toronto FC II
Season: 9-9-10; 33 pts. (7th in USL League One Table)

Assistant Coach 

Blair Gavin, Assistant Coach, Phoenix Rising FC

Cory Robertson, Goalkeeping Coach, Phoenix Rising FC 

Rob Valentino, Assistant Coach, Atlanta United FC

Danny Cruz, Assistant Coach, Louisville City FC

Liga MX (Mexico)

Ventura Alvarado, D, Necaxa (CAPTAIN) - Season currently in play. Necaxa finished fifth in the Apertura and lost in the semifinals of the championship stage (playoffs)
2019/20 Season: 16 matches, 2 goals

Major League Soccer

Justen Glad, D, Real Salt Lake 2019
23 matches 

Brooks Lennon, D, Real Salt Lake - Lennon was traded to Atlanta United on December 2
2019 Season: 28 matches, 1 assist 

Donny Toia, D, Real Salt Lake
2019 Season: 
24 matches, 1 goal, 1 assist 

Tate Schmitt, F, Real Salt Lake 
2019 Season
: 6 matches (RSL) 19 matches, 3 goals, 4 assists (Real Monarchs)

Luis Robles, GK, New York Red Bulls - Robles signed with Inter Miami on December 2
2019 Season: 33 matches, 88 saves, 9 shutouts, 50 goals allowed

Nick DeLeon, M, Toronto FC 
2019 Season:
 32 matches, 6 goals, 4 assists

Niki Jackson, F, Colorado Rapids (On loan with Charlotte Independence)
2019 Season:
4 matches (Colorado) 23 matches, 5 goals, 2 assist (Charlotte)

Grant Lillard, D, Chicago Fire - Lillard was acquired by Inter Miami on November 14
2019 Season: 4 matches

Matt Bersano, GK, San Jose Earthquakes (Was on a season loan with Reno 1868)
2019 Season:
19 matches, 64 saves, 5 shutouts, 29 goals allowed (Reno 1868)

USL Championship

Damian German, F, Real Monarchs 
2019 Season:
10 matches, 3 goals

Jose Hernandez, M, LA Galaxy II
2019 Season:
31 matches, 3 goals, 5 assists 

IIlijah Paul, F, Phoenix Rising FC (On loan with FC Tucson)
2019 Season: 
0 matches (Rising) 3 matches (FC Tucson)

Brandon Keniston, GK, Phoenix Rising FC 
2019 Season:
 0 matches

Justin Davis, D, Nashville SC 
2019 season:
28 matches, 6 assists 

Sam Gleadle, F, Reno 1868 
2019 Season:
27 matches, 4 goals, 4 assists 

USL League One

Erik Virgen, M, FC Tucson
2019 Season:
16 matches, 1 goal

I-League (India)

Mason Robertson, F, Real Kashmir 
2019/20 Season: 
0 matches (new season started 12/4/19)


Julie Ertz, M, Chicago Red Stars 
2019 Season:
 14 matches

Sydney Leroux, F, Orlando Pride 
2019 Season:
 3 matches

Jessica McDonald, F, NC Courage 
2019 Season: 
14 matches, 5 goals, 3 assists 

Ashley Hatch, F, Washington Spirit
2019 Season:
24 matches, 7 goals, 2 assists 

Cali Farquharson, F, Washington Spirit 
2019 Season:
 13 matches, 2 assists 

McKenzie Berryhill, D, Washington Spirit
2019 Season:
3 matches

Arianna Romero, D, Houston Dash
2019 Season:
 10 matches, 1 assist

Cypriot First Division (Cyprus)

Cassie Miller, GK, Appollon Ladies F.C. 
2019/20 Season:
Season currently in play. Stats not listed. (top of the table as of 12/9/19)

1. Liga (Czech Republic)

Jorian Baucom, F, Sparta Praha
2019/20 Season:
Season currently in play. Stats not listed. (second in the table as of 12/9/19)

Kazakhstani Women's Football Championship (Kazakhstan)

Brooke Denesik, D, BIIK Kazygurt
2019/20 Season:
Season currently in play. Stats not listed. (top of the table as of 12/9/19)