Men's Soccer Alums Continuing to Play the Sport
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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
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.