Young signs with JC power Chemeketa (Soccer)

April 2, 2010
Neko Young

The Alaska high school soccer season is right around the corner but at least one Anchorage senior already knows where he will play his college ball this fall.

Defensive specialist Neko Young, of Dimond High fame, has signed with JC power Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Ore. Head coach Marty Limbird expects his new recruit to make an immediate impact.

“We are extremely excited to add Neko to our strong recruiting class and we feel very fortunate that he chose Chemeketa,” Limbird said in a release.

Chemeketa is a new NWAACC program, entering just its third season. But the Storm have already achieved a national ranking (No. 10 last year) and established a winning tradition (33 wins, 8 ties, 4 defeats) under Limbird.

He believes Young will keep the party going.

“Neko communicates very well on the field and he is able to set the pace of the game to start our offense from the back, he also is a high intensity player who brings a competitive edge and instant leadership,” Limbird said.

“Neko is a bright young player and we expect he will make his mark at our level before potentially moving on to the next level in soccer.”

Alaska and the MLS start their seasons in the spring while the rest of the world basically starts in the fall, so Young will play high school soccer in the spring, club soccer in the summer and college soccer in the fall.

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