Men's Soccer Players Excel in Summer Leagues
Sophomore midfielder Emmanuel Appiah

July 16, 2013

CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati men’s soccer program is broadening its footprint this summer while team members participate in various national leagues for college players. A total of 10 players are currently expanding their skill sets by joining these teams throughout the United States.

A majority of the players are playing in the United Soccer League’s Premiere Development League (PDL), considered the top developmental men’s league in North America. The 2013 PDL features 64 teams within four conferences throughout the United States and Canada. The season consists of 14 regular season matches for each team and provides elite collegiate players the opportunity to taste a higher level of competition while maintaining their eligibility.

Redshirt Sophomore goalkeeper Taylor Hafling (Louisville, Ky./Male) and freshman forward  John Manga (Lexington, Ky./Henry Clay) both represent the River City Rovers team that is based out of Shelbyville, Ky. Hafling has played in eight games, logging 675 minutes and recording a 2.133 goals against average. He has notched 36 saves thus far in the season with one shutout. Manga has appeared in six games and has scored four points on two goals in 420 minutes of action.

Sophomore midfielders Emmanuel Appiah (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville Central) and Will Diebold (Coppell, Texas/Jesuit College Prep) both play for the GPS Portland Phoenix in Portland, Maine. Appiah has logged 246 minutes in six games while recording one assist while Diebold has appeared in seven games and played 594 minutes.

The Bearcats are represented on the Real Colorado Foxes by sophomore Matt Remaley (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Mountain Vista). The midfielder/forward has played in four games for the Foxes, recording one shot in 44 minutes.



Michael Millay (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips), a junior defender, is spending the summer with the Orlando City U23 team where he has logged 626 minutes through nine games played with one assist.

Also representing UC are sophomore defender Richardo Israel (Free Town, Jamaica) and senior midfielder Peter Jannelli (Springfield, Pa./Springfield) who are both playing for the Ocean City Nor’easters.

Two other players are participating in the National Premiere Soccer League (NPSL), a league sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation.  Similar to the PDL, the NPSL is a league where players can retain their amateur status while competing at a high level during the summer months.

Freshman defender Gabriel Robinson (Easton, Pa./LaSalle) plays for the FC Lehigh Valley United Sonic, a team based out of Reading, Pa., Redshirt junior forward/midfielder Christian Myton (Vandalia, Ohio/Charminade Julienne) also plays in the NPSL for the Zanesville Athletic FC in Zanesville, Ohio. Myton has scored one goal on the year.

The Bearcats will continue their summer leagues before returning to campus in August for preseason training. Cincinnati will open its season with an exhibition game against Michigan at 4 p.m. on Aug. 19 at Gettler Stadium. The first regular season game will be against Northern Illinois at 5 p.m. on Aug. 30 in Columbus, Ohio.