BOCA RATON, FL — Boca Raton Football Club is well represented in the 2018 NPSL Conference XI voting with five nominations, the most ever by Boca Raton FC in its two season in NPSL.
Voting for the Conference XI closes on July 11, and fans can head over to www.npsl.com/awards/2018-conference-xi-voting/sunshine-conference-xi to vote.
Boca Raton FC has four players up for nomination: Goalkeeper Michael Stone, defender Filip Guhr, midfielder Daniel (Carlos) Meneses, and forward Giovanni Amoroso, as well as Head Coach Jim Rooney.
In his first season at the helm of Boca Raton FC, Rooney’s youth vision was phase one in a process. Boca Raton FC was filled with talented young guns hungry and ready to prove themselves in the tough NPSL Sunshine Conference. Rooney guided the Boys in Blue to a 3-1-8 record. Rooney’s 10 points is a Boca Raton FC high as they outperformed last season’s club.
With one of the youngest starting eleven in the conference at just 21.1 years of age, Rooney led the club to battle every weekend versus teams that boasted professional rosters such as Jacksonville Armada, Miami FC 2, Miami United, as well as talented amateurs sides that have played together for years such as Naples United, Palm Beach United, and Storm FC.
Stone joined Boca Raton FC from Amherst College in Massachusetts. During his freshman season with the Mammoths, Stone played 707 minutes, while conceding only nine goals. Allowing only 1.15 goals per 90 minutes, Stone’s shot-stopping efforts consistently provide his team an opportunity to win.
For Boca Raton FC, the 19-year-old played 765 minutes, making 37 saves while allowing 2.23 goals per 90 minutes.
The University of Pennsylvania product was featured in 9 games for the Boys In Blue this season. Guhr won 76 percent of clearances and was a defensive catalyst in the young Boca Raton FC backline.
A local through and through, the 6’1 defender was a varsity letter winner at Boca Prep and played his club soccer for Team Boca where he won four soccer championships including the Disney Showcase and IMG Boys Invitational Cup, CASL Showcase, the Kukkonio Cup in Slovakia, and the Potomac Memorial in Maryland.
The Boca Raton FC captain not only is the oldest player in Jim Rooney’s squad, but with stints in first division clubs in Venezuela such as Deportivo Tachira, Zamora FC (during the South American Cup), Vigia FC, Union Átlético Maracaibo, and Atlético Bucaramanga, Meneses is also the most experienced player on the team.
Meneses was featured in eights matches for Boca Raton FC, logging 637 minutes, scoring two goals and recording two assists.
Amoroso was featured in 11 NPSL matches, logging in a team-high 671 minutes. The 20-year-old recorded on assist and was a crucial member of the attack, winning 74 percent of the balls sent his way.
Although just 20, Amoroso has played for clubs such as Guarani U17 (2012 – 2014), and Udinese Calcio of the Italian Serie A (2014-2016) before joining Boca Raton FC at the start of the NPSL Season.
The deadline to vote for your favorite Boca Raton FC player is July 11. To vote, simply go to www.npsl.com/awards/2018-conference-xi-voting/sunshine-conference-xi, fill out the form and click submit.