Thursday, January 15, 2009

RSL Selects...

Jean Alexandre, M, Lynn University

(pics courtesy of Lynn Univ website)

Of course, we should have known. This was no surprise, right?

  • Preliminary info is that even though he is a Haitian international player, that he is also a greencard holder. Trying to verify.
    • If you remember, Lynn University was the Florida team that surprised RSL beating them 2-1 during last preseason. I can't find a Lynn boxscore from that game, but I assume that Alexandre was on that roster, and that is where he first came onto the radar.
    • He is also a member of the Ventura County Fusion but did not play in the preseason scrimmage against RSL last preseason.
    • Word is that he projects at D-mid, even though he had a prolific goal scoring season last year (23 goals in 19 games.
    Here is some preliminary info (check back for updates).

    NCAA website...

    Nov. 6, 2008
    Orlando, Fla. – Lynn University’s men’s soccer team collected more hardware after winning the 2008 Sunshine State Conference regular season title. Eight Fighting Knights earned All-SSC recognition while Jean Alexandre was named the Player and Offensive Player of the Year.

    This marks the second consecutive year Lynn has garnered eight selections and fifth time overall. Since joining the conference in 1998, LU has 78 All-SSC accolades, an average of seven per year. In addition, the Blue and White earned four more honors than the next school.

    Making the transition from midfield to forward, Alexandre proved to be the conference's most explosive scorer and led the SSC in essentially every offensive statistical category. The native of Delray Beach, Fla., surpassed his three-year totals of 11 goals and 31 points by leading the league with 44 points, 19 goals and 1.27 goals per game. He was also tied for first with five game-winning goals. Alexandre becomes the third Knight in program history to garner Player of the Year honors, second to be named Offensive Player of the year and first to capture both accolades in the same season.

    Salt Lake Tribune...

    Real Salt Lake used the 12th pick of the Major League Soccer SuperDraft today on Jean Alexandre, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound Haitian midfielder from Lynn University in Florida whom general manager Garth Lagerwey has described as a "miniature Olave," in reference to bullish defender Jamison Olave.

    Alexandre caught the team's attention when he scored against it during the preseason last year, then scored 23 goals as a striker for Lynn during his final collegiate season. Lagerwey regarded Alexandre as the best athlete at the pre-draft scouting combine and said he can play anywhere on the field.

    The expansion Seattle Sounders used the No. 1 pick on striker Steve Zakuani of Akron University.

    The night before the draft, RSL traded veteran midfielder Dema Kovalenko to the Los Angeles Galaxy for allocation money and a 2011 draft pick whose position depends on how much Kovalenko plays for the Galaxy.

    The fiery 31-year-old midfielder from Ukraine was a mainstay in the lineup for much of last season for RSL, starting 19 games and appearing in 22 while battling injuries during the second half of the season. He scored one goal and had two assists in the regular season -- then scored a crucial equalizer in RSL's draw at Chivas USA that pushed them through to the MLS Western Conference final.

    Midfielder Junior
    Home Town: Delray Beach, FL
    High School: Atlantic High School
    Major: Sport and Recreation Management
    Height: 5' 11'' Weight: 190lbs

    As a Sophomore: Appeared in 14 games, starting 11...recorded two goals, two assists and six points on 31 shots...third on the team in shots...tallied one game-winning goal...netted his first goal of the season in a 3-0 win over Florida Tech (9/30)...recorded first assist at home against Palm Beach Atlantic (10/7)...assisted on game-winning goal in a 3-0 victory at Nova Southeastern (10/11)...scored the game-winning goal in double-overtime against 23rd-ranked Rollins (11/2) in the regular season finale...named Sunshine State Conference Player of the week after scoring game-winning goal.

    As a Freshman: Appeared in 17 games, starting 14...recorded six goals, five assists and 15 points...second among freshman on the Fighting Knights in goals, assists and points...tied for fifth on the team in goals and assists and was seventh in points...first career goal was the game-winner in 3-1 victory against Christian Brothers (9/11)...notched first career assist in 4-2 win at Rollins (9/28)...recorded first career multi-goal and five point game against Bentley (10/9), scoring two goals and assisting on another in 11-1 win...notched first career multi-assist game in 7-1 victory against Central Arkansas (11/11) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament...scored first NCAA postseason goal against Lander (11/19)...came on as a substitute in NCAA National Semifinals, scoring a goal against eventual national champion Fort Lewis (12/02).

    At Prior High School: Played soccer for coach Sicard at Atlantic High School…four-year letterwinner…Palm Beach Post First-Team All-Area Selction…Sun-Sentinel First-Team All-County Selection…scored 21 goals with 14 assists to lead the Eagles (23-3-1) to their first Regional Finals...voted Most Valuable Player from 2003-04…tallied 37 goals and 40 assists in his career...two-year letterwinner for track and field…district champion and state finalist in the triple jump.

    Personal Information: Born Jean Marc Alexandre in Verrettes, Haiti...son of Jean and Dieumene Alexandre...sports and recreation management major...enjoys playing basketball...first Haitian soccer player to sign a soccer scholarship with Lynn University

    From Ventura County Fusion website...
    Midfielder Jean Alexandre arrives from Verrettes, Haiti, by way of Lynn University, Florida, where he was named the Sunshine State Conference Player of the week after scoring his team’s game-winning goal in double-overtime in the regular season finale. 20-year old midfielder Rodrigo Lopez joins Fusion from Chivas USA, where last season he made 5 appearances in the MLS after signing from Club Deportivo Guadalajara (Mexico). Jamaican Sylan Wignal, who made the all-Division One NCCAA team in 2007 as a defender with Los Angeles Masters College, can also use his 6” 4” frame to play center-forward.

    From 3rd Degree...
    A NFL strong safety in a soccer uniform. Massive, strong, and intimidating. Good long range shot, nice passing, and a little ball skill. With some coaching I see big upside as a holding mid, but is raw in current form.2008: Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year, Offensive player of the Year. Daktronics First Team All-American, NSCAA Third Team All-American.
    2007: Sunshine State Conference First Team