NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Iona College men's soccer junior midfielder Franklin Castellanos has been named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's 2012 preseason Top 100 Upperclassmen, ranking 57th. The rankings are chosen based on the site's staff's analysis of all the available data, including conversations and what eyes have seen. The list will receive a midseason and postseason update based on the season’s developments.
The inclusion adds to a growing list of preseason accolades for Castellanos. The Dover, NJ native was named Co-Preseason Player of the Year by the MAAC Coaches and earlier this week was named a Third-Team Preseason All-American by College Soccer News.
Additionally six players were named to the site's Top 20 players in the MAAC, highlighting the best of the best in Division I's 22 conferences as well as Independents. Castellanos comes in at number two on the list, followed by junior forward Samuel Adjei. Senior forward Ansger Otto was rated sixth, with sophomore Ignacio Maganto taking the number ninth spot on the ledger. Sophomore goalkeeper Borja Barbero placed 12th on the list with senior Alvaro Torrecilla ranking 16th.
The Gaels open the 2012 season Friday evening when they visit Adelphi at 7:00 pm.