May 28, 2008
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Four incoming freshmen on the Maryland men's soccer team have been named PARADE All-Americans, announced May 25. Kaoru Forbess, Matt Kassel, Zac MacMath, and Casey Townsend each earned the honor after stellar senior seasons in high school. It is the second appearance on the All-America team for Forbess and MacMath and the third for Townsend.
Forbess, a midfielder from Naaman Forest High School in Texas, was ranked the No. 3 recruit in the nation by Rise Magazine and has extensive national team experience as he has played with the U-18 National Team and trained with the U-16 and U-15 teams. He was a two-time adidas ESP All-Star.
Kassel, who hails from Bridgewater, N.J., was ranked the No. 9 recruit by Rise Magazine as a midfielder and has spent time with both the U-18 and U-15 National Teams and was also a two-time adidas ESP All-Star. He scored 38 goals and was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in New Jersey as a senior. Kassel earned all-state honors in three seasons.
MacMath, who has been a goalkeeper with the residency program in Bradenton, Fla. since 2006, played with the U-17 National Team at the 2007 FIFA World Cup and started two games in goal. He is a member of the U-20 and U-18 pools and toured with the U-23 team in China. In 2007, he allowed just seven goals in 10 matches in international competition.
Townsend, a forward from Traverse City, Mich., joined Maryland in the spring season and has been a member of the youth national teams since 2006. He averaged more than a goal per game in his high school career and his 105 goals rank him second on Michigan's Class A/Division I all-time list.
Townsend scored a goal for the Terps when they faced Crystal Palace FC in the spring, scoring the equalizer 17 seconds into the second half.