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Joel Senior was team captain and an All-CAA selection for the Dukes in 2009.Courtesy: JMUSports.com
Men's Soccer Alums Continuing to Play the Sport
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:02/01/2013
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HARRISONBURG, Va., Feb. 1, 2013 -- Former James Madison men's soccer players continue to compete in the sport, including Joel Senior, Nick Zimmerman, CJ Sapong and Matt Glaeser.

Senior, a former Dukes midfielder (2008-09), has seen playing time for the Jamaica National Team in the past year.  The Jamaica native, who also plays for Harbour View FC World Cup, was recently featured in an online video. 

"My dream was always to play professional football and to represent my country," said Senior in the interview.  [Last year] "I made my debut [for Jamaica] against Cuba, and it was my first major step in my football career.  For me, it was just a humbling experience."

"I've always liked his work rate," Harbour View FC coach Vinnimore Blaine said of Senior.  "He has been through the college system so he knows what it takes....  He brings something to the program that shows the players how they must go about training.  He's a very hard worker in and out of games, very disciplined and an intelligent football player."

Harbour View defender Clifton Waugh said, "Joel is a game-changer.  Any given time on the field [when] we need energy, he can change the game."

Senior was a two-year starter for the Dukes in the 2008 and 2009 seasons.  He earned All-Colonial Athletic Association Third Team honors in 2009.

Zimmerman (2005-08) is preparing for his third season with the Carolina RailHawks of the North American Soccer League.  Earlier this month he spent time in training camp with the Montreal Impact of Major League Soccer, but the Impact did not make him an offer, according to a report by J. Mike Blake of newsobserver.com.

Zimmerman was one of three players who were unanimous selections to the NASL's "Best XI" in 2012.  The 2009 JMU graduate led the Carolina RailHawks in scoring and was second in the NASL in goals last season, when he finished regular-season play with 15 goals.  The RailHawks advanced to the 2012 NASL semifinals before losing to Tampa Bay.

Zimmerman was a four-year midfield starter at JMU.  He earned All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors as a senior in 2008 and was a two-time All-CAA selection (2007, 2008).  He previously played for the New York Red Bulls (2009) and Philadelphia Union (2010) of Major League Soccer.

Sapong (JMU 2007-10) is entering his third season with Sporting Kansas City of MLS.  His team begins preseason play with a Feb. 1 match vs. Portland at the Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz.  SKC has four preseason games scheduled before opening the regular season at Philadelphia on March 2.

Sapong, the 2011 MLS Rookie of the Year, scored nine goals and had two assists for SKC while starting 22 games in 2012.  Five of his nine goals were game-winners, ranking sixth in the MLS last season.

As a JMU senior, Sapong was voted the 2010 CAA Player of the Year and named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's 2010 Team of the Season.  He led the CAA and ranked among the leading NCAA Division I players in scoring with 33 points that year.  Sapong finished his JMU career ranked fifth all-time in points (95), seventh in goals (37) and fourth in game-winning goals (12).  He is the first JMU men's soccer player to win All-CAA First Team honors for four seasons.

Glaeser, has played for the NASL Fort Lauderdale Strikers the last three seasons.  His 108 saves in 2012 ranked second in the NASL. 

Glaeser was a reserve goalkeeper at JMU for three seasons (2003-05).  He finished his collegiate career at Hartford, where he was the America East Conference and NSCAA Northeast Region Goalkeeper of the Year in 2007.


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