Team

VARSITY

Will Adams
Surya Balaji (co-captain)
Graham Barnes
Reed Caney
Thomas Corridon
Ben Douglas
Jack Douglas (co-captain)
Haran Eiger
Alan Fiore
Jack Foster
Jacob Greenberger
Bruno Guiduli
Jackson Hochhauser
Marcos Inglada
Aaron Jaffe
Matt Jordan
Jack Kuster
Sebi Montoulieu
Murilo Moreno
Jaden Mueller
Zach Pulichino
Kyle Rotolo
Haydn Siroka
George Smith
Hunter Smith
Ryan Thomas
Enzo Valadares
Reese Watkins

HEAD COACH: Dan Woog
ASSISTANT COACHES: Kurt Dasbach, Russell Oost-Lievense, Jim St. Andre

(Photo/Drew Douglas)

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MEET THE WRECKERS!

WILL ADAMS
Year: Junior
Position: MF
Favorite type of music and artist: 
Hip hop/rap; A$AP Rocky
In-school or distance learning? Why? In-school, because it is much easier to learn in person than in front of a screen
Best Russell quote ever: “It’s simple…”
Once COVID is over I will …: go to an A$AP Rocky concert
Favorite restaurant and meal there: Match Burger Lobster; bacon cheeseburger and fries
Best sports event ever seen live: LA Galaxy vs. FC Dallas — got to see Zlatan play
Dream car: Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat widebody
#1 pick for FIFA team: Dominic Calvert-Lewin
New talent learned during lockdown: Wakesurfing
Most impressive fact about Staples soccer: In 71 games, Staples has only lost to New Canaan 3 times

SURYA BALAJI
Year:
Senior
Position: D/MF
Favorite type of music and artist: 
Gregorian chant; Steven Merola
In-school or distance learning? Why? Distance learning. Never getting a tardy again.
Best Russell quote ever: “I was an English major.”
Once COVID is over I will …: Hug Ben Tanen again
Favorite restaurant and meal there: The Whelk; whatever Tom Henske is willing to pay for
Best sports event ever seen live: Staples 3-2 over Glastonbury; Alan paddle boarding
Dream car: 2007 Merced Benz C230 Sport. RIP — gone but not forgotten.
#1 pick for FIFA team: Hayden Siroka, 99 pace, 99 physical, 6 driving; Lucas Dimyan STA 4-v-4 finishing
New talent learned during lockdown: How to make time fly when you’re not having fun
Most impressive fact about Staples soccer: 3 full-time coaches in 62 years. Speaks to the consistency, great history and continued success of our program.

 

GRAHAM BARNES
Year: Senior
Position: MF/F
Favorite type of music and artist: 
Contemporary R&B; Drake
In-school or distance learning? Why? Distance learning. No early wakeup, no masks, no 1-way hallways, no Plexiglas, no library bouncers during my free, no teachers chastising me to wipe down a desk, no traffic, no nothing.
Best Russell quote ever: “Get off the ground.”
Once COVID is over I will …: Go to a Jets game
Favorite restaurant and meal there: Check E. Cheese; uneven slice of pizza
Best sports event ever seen live: 2019 reserves vs. McMahon on a cold, wet night in Norwalk
Dream car: Tesla Roadster
#1 pick for FIFA team: Cote d’Ivoire
New talent learned during lockdown: Made fried chicken, built a computer and sold it for peas
Most impressive fact about Staples soccer: Jimmy Manning headed in the winning goal in the 1973 state final, in sudden death overtime. His mother taped the game. Her film ran out as soon as the ball wen in the net. She promised to wake her husband — in India — to tell him about the goal.

 

REED CANEY
Year: Senior
Position: GK
Favorite type of music and artist: 
Country; Luke Combs
In-school or distance learning? Why? Distance learning for the extra hour of sleep
Best Russell quote ever: “It’s a pretty simple drill.”
Once COVID is over I will …: Burn the collection of masks I have acquired
Favorite restaurant and meal there: Sakura; gluten-free noodles
Best sports event ever seen live: Any time Surya tries to shoot a basketball
Dream car: The car of God, aka any Volvo
#1 pick for FIFA team: Mitch McConnell, as he is both a lockdown defender and clinical finisher in November games
New talent learned during lockdown: How to use a phone on Zoom without a teacher seeing
Most impressive fact about Staples soccer: Only grass field in the FCIAC

 

THOMAS CORRIDON
Year: Junior
Position: MF
Favorite type of music and artist: 
Hip hop; Iann Dior
In-school or distance learning? Why? In-school, because it’s easier to learn
Best Russell quote ever: “You’re saying all the right things. Just say them louder!”
Once COVID is over I will …: Try to never wear a mask again
Favorite restaurant and meal there: Any diner; over easy eggs with a bagel and breakfast potatoes
Best sports event ever seen live: 2nd leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinal, Liverpool vs. Barcelona, 4-0 (agg. 4-3)
Dream car: Aston Martin
#1 pick for FIFA team: Stoke City
New talent learned during lockdown: Catan
Most impressive fact about Staples soccer: The 1970 squad only surrendered 2 goals the entire season

BEN DOUGLAS
Year: Sophomore
Position: D
Favorite type of music and artist: 
Rap; Doja Cat
In-school or distance learning? Why? Distance learning, because of mask and COVID restrictions at school
Best Russell quote ever: “If you smile as little as your brother we’re gonna have a problem.”
Once COVID is over I will …: smile more
Favorite restaurant and meal there: Trader Joe’s; frozen mac and cheese
Best sports event ever seen live: 2013 FA Cup final
Dream car: Silver Toyota Camry
#1 pick for FIFA team: Jack Butland
New talent learned during lockdown: How to play Warzone
Most impressive fact about Staples soccer: Our head coach, Dan Woog, is also a writer, blogger, speaker, community builder, LGBT activist, educator and humanist

JACK DOUGLAS (co-captain)
Year:
Senior
Position: D/MF
Favorite type of music and artist: 
Hip hop; 645AR
In-school or distance learning? Why? Distance learning right now, because we are basically distanced at school anyway, and you have more time to sleep at home
Best Russell quote ever: “Just shut up.”
Once COVID is over I will …: visit more places
Favorite restaurant and meal there: Sakura; hibachi steak, no vegetables, extra noodles and crispy noodles
Best sports event ever seen live: FA Cup final
Dream car: George’s Porshce
#1 pick for FIFA team: Trent Alexander-Arnold
New talent learned during lockdown: Using Uber Eats
Most impressive fact about Staples soccer: Staples soccer is older than the FCIAC

HARAN EIGER
Year:
Senior
Position: D
Favorite type of music and artist: 
Rap; A Boogie wit da Hoodie
In-school or distance learning? Why? Neither. Summer
Best Russell quote ever: “If you’re behind/down that just means you work that much harder.”
Once COVID is over I will …: Hug Tanen again
Favorite restaurant and meal there: McDonald’s; Trappy patty
Best sports event ever seen live: Rec basketball finals; December 2018, Staplesl gym
Dream car: A Volvo, because of Reed
#1 pick for FIFA team: Wilfred Bony
New talent learned during lockdown: Learned how to dunk
Most impressive fact about Staples soccer: Shane Kennedy ’72 became a goalkeeper midway through his senior year. He went on to set an NCAA record for career shutouts at Babson College.

 

ALAN FIORE
Year:
Senior
Position: MF
Favorite type of music and artist: 
Frank Ocean and Frank Ocean
In-school or distance learning? Why? Distance learning, so I can have fun with myself
Best Russell quote ever: “You don’t have your shoes on! Thou shall be benched against Greenwich!”
Once COVID is over I will …: go to Canada and probably swim with some turtles
Favorite restaurant and meal there: Sakura; hibachi shrimp and steak, no vegetables (extra and crispy noodles)
Best sports event ever seen live: Staples vs. Glastonbury, 2019
Dream car: White Ferrari
#1 pick for FIFA team: Myself
New talent learned during lockdown: Counting backwards from 20 all the way to 1
Most impressive fact about Staples soccer: Russ was my freshman, JV and varsity coach

JACK FOSTER
Year:
Junior
Position: D/MF
Favorite type of music and artist: 
Chill EDM, Kasbo
In-school or distance learning? Why? In-school, because the lads are there
Best Russell quote ever: “Jesus”
Once COVID is over I will …:  Hug my sister; she’s a goated nurse
Favorite restaurant and meal there: JR’s; spicy chicken sandwich
Best sports event ever seen live: Barca vs. Sevilla; Messi set a free kick record
Dream car: Ford GPW
#1 pick for FIFA team: In-form Lautaro Martinez, absolute cheat code
New talent learned during lockdown: Learning to make Annie’s
Most impressive fact about Staples soccer: Several players starred in the movie “Manny’s Orphans.” Dan Woog played the referee. Writer, coach and actor —  Dan has it all.

JACOB GREENBERGER
Year: Junior
Position: GK
Favorite type of music and artist: 
Rap; Kanye West
In-school or distance learning? Why? In-school. I like seeing my friends.
Best Russell quote ever: “Jesus, that is a nightmare.”
Once COVID is over I will …: go to every restaurant in Westport
Favorite restaurant and meal there: Colony Grill; pepperoni pizza
Best sports event ever seen live: Stanley Cup finals
Dream car: Bentley truck
#1 pick for FIFA team: De Bruyne
New talent learned during lockdown: I remain untalented
Most impressive fact about Staples soccer: Ranked #3 in the US in 2009

BRUNO GUIDULI
Year:
Junior
Position: D
Favorite type of music and artist: 
Pop; Tom Waits
In-school or distance learning? Why? Distance learning, because of COVID and it’s quite chill
Best Russell quote ever: “Don’t take anything for granted, or expect anything. Always need to work my friend, but just be you and not overdue, and it will all come naturally.”
Once COVID is over I will …: unmask amongst the lads
Favorite restaurant and meal there: Reese’s house; the pasta dinner
Best sports event ever seen live: Atletico Madrid 7-3 Real Madrid
Dream car: 2007 Tesla Model X
#1 pick for FIFA team: Has to be Chelsea
New talent learned during lockdown: How to hold a Chromebook whilst on crutches
Most impressive fact about Staples soccer: The program has only had 3 permanent head coaches since it was founded in 1957

JACKSON HOCHHAUSER
Year:
Junior
Position: D
Favorite type of music and artist: 
All music; Big Sean
In-school or distance learning? Why? In-school. It’s miserable to sit home for 7 hours alone.
Best Russell quote ever: “I am deeply concerned for what happened in your childhood.”
Once COVID is over I will …: go to some sports games.
Dream car: Maserati convertible
#1 pick for FIFA team: Don’t play this game but I kinda like Messi
New talent learned during lockdown: Sleeping until 3 p.m.
Most impressive fact about Staples soccer: After the 2009 state championship, Staples became the first Connecticut team to win a state title in 5 different decades

MARCOS INGLADA
Year:
Senior
Position: MF
Favorite type of music and artist: 
Rap; Polo G
In-school or distance learning? Why? Distance learning, because I can rest more
Best Russell quote ever: “It has to be better.”
Once COVID is over I will …: travel to different places
Favorite restaurant and meal there: Shake Shack; cheeseburger
Best sports event ever seen live: Madrid vs. Valencia
Dream car: Bugatti Chiron
#1 pick for FIFA team: Ben Yedder
New talent learned during lockdown: Handstand
Most impressive fact about Staples soccer: Staples soccer is tied for the most state championship appearances ever

AARON JAFFE
Year:
Senior
Position: D
Favorite type of music and artist: 
Hip hop, rap; Kanye
In-school or distance learning? Why? Distance learning, because I get to meet new people in Zoom breakout rooms
Best Russell quote ever: “With that …”
Once COVID is over I will …: go to an OKC Thunder game so I can watch Luguentz Dort drop 43 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 8 blocks
Favorite restaurant and meal there: Fiore residence; pasta and sage
Best sports event ever seen live: 2010 World Cup final when Iniesta scored the winner in the 116th minute as I was falling asleep
Dream car: My legs
#1 pick for FIFA team: Hueng Min-Son or Surya
New talent learned during lockdown: Spending time with my family
Most impressive fact about Staples soccer: 2 future first selectmen were members of Staples’ 1st soccer team: Joe Arcudi (Westport) and George Guidera (Weston)

MATTHEW JORDAN
Year:
Junior
Position: MF
Favorite type of music and artist: 
80-ish; no fav (but Electric Light Orchestra, Eagles, Hall and Oates, etc.)
In-school or distance learning? Why? In-school, because learning an AP course from a textbook is more difficult
Best Russell quote ever: “Alright, I’m not good at public speaking.”
Once COVID is over I will …: cough without judgment
Favorite restaurant and meal there: Doesn’t matter; I just love a good burger
Best sports event ever seen live: Islanders-Penguins game
Dream car: Rolls-Royce Phantom or Ghost
#1 pick for FIFA team: Haven’t played in years, but Ronaldo was fast in FIFA 2015
New talent learned during lockdown: Driving a manual car
Most impressive fact about Staples soccer: Founded in 1957

SEBI MONTOULIEU
Year:
Senior
Position: GK
Favorite type of music and artist: 
R&B; The Weeknd
In-school or distance learning? Why? In-school learning, because it’s harder to fall asleep in school than at home
Best Russell quote ever: “I usually leave the speaking to Reilly.”
Best sports event ever seen live: Kris Jenkins’ buzzer beater against North Carolina in 2016
Dream car: Soft-top Audi r8
#1 pick for FIFA team: Wissam Ben Yedder
New talent learned during lockdown: Procrastination
Most impressive fact about Staples soccer: 11 coaches and/or players from Staples Soccer are in the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame

MURILO MORENO
Year:
Junior
Position: MF
Favorite type of music and artist: 
Funk from Brazil; MC Kevinho
In-school or distance learning? Why? In-school. Gotta see the boys.
Best Russell quote ever: “You are useless at the moment.”
Once COVID is over I will …: Hug Ben Tanen again
Favorite restaurant and meal there: Terra; Brazilian feijoada
Best sports event ever seen live: NBA finals game 5, Warriors vs. Cavaliers
Dream car: Tesla
#1 pick for FIFA team: Richarlison
New talent learned during lockdown: Juggle sitting down
Most impressive fact about Staples soccer: 10 fathers and sons have played Staples soccer: Bill and Alex Deegan; Charlie and Charlie Perlwitz; John and Matt Sych; Stuart and Michael McCarthy; Tommy, Charlie and Joe Greenwald; Doug, John and Ryan Fincher; Bandy and Anton Mahr; Ismael and Ben Ibarra, and (this year) Kent and Ryan Thomas. The McCarthys are the only father-son duo to have both won state championships.

JADEN MUELLER

ZACH PULICHINO
Year:
Senior
Position: D
Favorite type of music and artist: 
Rap, grime or pop; Ariana Grande
In-school or distance learning? Why? Distance learning, because I can whip up some eggs while learning Mandarin
Best Russell quote ever: “It’s the moment of opportunity that will help us win.”
Once COVID is over I will …: probably travel somewhere nice
Favorite restaurant and meal there: Heartland Brewery and Rotisserie; buffalo chicken sprin rolls
Best sports event ever seen live: New England patriots vs. Denver Broncos, AFC championship 2012
Dream car: Bugatti Veyron or a decked-out Jeep Wrangler
#1 pick for FIFA team: Adama Trarore, dude is a cheat code
New talent learned during lockdown: How to get an A in all my classes without knowing any of the content
Most impressive fact about Staples soccer: Over 200 Staples soccer players have gone on to play college soccer, and more than 50 of them were named captains of their team

KYLE ROTOLO
Year:
Senior
Position: D
Favorite type of music and artist: 
’70s classic rock; Eagles, Pink Flooyd
In-school or distance learning? Why? Distance learning, because it is extremely difficult to learn when the teachers’ mics don’t even work
Best Russell quote ever: “I’m not the best public speaker. I usually let Reilly do the talking.”
Once COVID is over I will …: probably spend more time outside my house with friends; maybe get rid of my masks
Favorite restaurant and meal there: Outback Steakhouse; Alice Springs chicken
Best sports event ever seen live: I don’t usually watch live sports, but Yankees-Red Sox was fun
Dream car: 2020 dark blue Mustang
#1 pick for FIFA team: Pulisic
New talent learned during lockdown: I realized I am really good at sleeping
Most impressive fact about Staples soccer: 32 divisional championships; 5 state championships in a row

HAYDN SIROKA
Year:
Senior
Position: F
Favorite type of music and artist: 
Rap; Drake
In-school or distance learning? Why? Distance, because you get to sleep during free periods
Best Russell quote ever: “And we take it with that.”
Once COVID is over I will …: explore Europe
Favorite restaurant and meal there: The Whelk; deviled eggs
Best sports event ever seen live: Cowboys vs. Packers, NFC championship 2016
Dream car: Bugatti Chiron
#1 pick for FIFA team: Lewandowski
New talent learned during lockdown: Upgrading my COD skills
Most impressive fact about Staples soccer: Only 1 losing season ever

GEORGE SMITH
Year:
Senior
Position: MF
Favorite type of music and artist: 
Alan
In-school or distance learning? Why? Distance learning
Best Russell quote ever: “Losing team on the goal line.”
Once COVID is over I will …: go to college
Favorite restaurant and meal there: Chik-fil-A; spicy chicken sandwich
Best sports event ever seen live: Staples vs. Glastonbury, 2019
Dream car: Tesla Roadster
#1 pick for FIFA team: Mo Tall
New talent learned during lockdown: How to type
Most impressive fact about Staples soccer: Ry Cohen to this day is the crustiest player to touch the pitch for Staples

HUNTER SMITH

RYAN THOMAS
Year:
Junior
Position: D
Favorite type of music and artist: 
Reggae; Bob Marley
In-school or distance learning? Why? In-school is significantly better because there are fewer distractions
Once COVID is over I will …: Hang out with more of my friends
Favorite restaurant and meal there: Angelina’s; fettucine carbonara
Best sports event ever seen live: Flyers Stanley Cup playoff 2013
Dream car: 2020 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro, with fishing rod holders of course
#1 pick for FIFA team: Manchester United
New talent learned during lockdown: Skateboarding
Most impressive fact about Staples soccer: 10 members of the 1970 team went on to become captains of their college squads

ENZO VALADARES
Year:
Senior
Position: GK
Favorite type of music and artist: 
Trumpet vibes, Smitty beats
In-school or distance learning? Why? Distance learning. Love the smell of my home.
Favorite restaurant and meal there: Terra Brasilis in Brazil
Best sports event ever seen live: Fluminense game. Richarlison best in prem.
Dream car: Shelby Cobra
#1 pick for FIFA team: Richarlison, best in the world
New talent learned during lockdown: Running the park with Lefty
Most impressive fact about Staples soccer: Current coach Kurt Dasbach and former coach Tom Henske each had a son play Staples soccer

REESE WATKINS
Year:
Junior
Position: F
Favorite type of music and artist: 
Rap; Lil Uzi Vert
In-school or distance learning? Why? In-school, because I get to see friends and Zoom always crashes
Best Russell quote ever: “I’m not a good public speaker.”
Once COVID is over I will …: not wear a mask all the time, and go to the movies
Favorite restaurant and meal there: McDonald’s; Travis Scott burger
Best sports event ever seen live: Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints, 2014
Dream car: Fast Ferrari
#1 pick for FIFA team: Olivier Giroud
New talent learned during lockdown: How to procrastinate
Most impressive fact about Staples soccer: Mikey Scott had a nice throw-in

 

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RESERVES

Kyle Ambrose
Ethan Cukier
Josh Deitch
Steve Divino
Brewster Galley
Cedrik Geijerstam
Matthew Genser
Campbell Gerrard
Bruno Guiduli
Josiah Hoffman
Alex Laskin
Spencer Levine
Timothy Liakh
Jack McColl
Aidan Mermagen
Jaden Mueller
David Sedrak
Matt Shackelford
Ben Tanen
Sam Vannart

HEAD COACH: Reilly Lynch
ASSISTANT COACH: Emerson Anvari
MANAGER: Sam Pirkl

(Photo/Drew Douglas)

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FRESHMAN

Santiago Alfageme
Ethan Ambrose
Lucas Carpi
James Corridon
Jackson Cregan
Matthew Delman
Grey Epstein
Luca Escarlate
Nicky Fabian
Nate Fridland
Felix Haug
Adam Kostek
Aldo Lopez
Archie Lynch
Avery Mueller
Eli Rosenkranz
Jeremy Rosenkranz
Ryan Schuster
Charlie Scott
Nick Sikorski
Arthur Skatoff
Vilgot Tretow
Chase Watkins

HEAD COACH: Chris O’Dell