TUCSON (December 3, 2018) – The 2018 season has come to an end for FC Tucson alumni, as two alums fell short of championships this past week.
Defender Aaron Long and the New York Red Bulls had a better showing in the second leg of the MLS Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday, but it wasn’t enough to advance to the MLS Cup. Long started and played all 90 minutes of New York’s 1-0 win over Atlanta United, but the team lost 3-1 on aggregate. Long finished the season appearing in all 38 games during the regular season and postseason, starting 35 of them. He had a career-high three goals and three assists this year in addition to being named the MLS Defender of the Year.
Adeola Oke and the Georgia Gwinnett College Grizzlies fell 2-1 to the top-seeded William Carey University in the Round of 16 of the NAIA National Championships last week. The former FC Tucson forward started and played 26 minutes in the loss. Oke played in 15 games and made seven starts in his freshman season.
A pair of FC Tucson alumni at Colorado Mesa University received honors this past week as well. Defender James McGhee and goalkeeper Briley Guarneri were both named to the 2018 United Coaches NCAA Division II Men’s All-South Central Regional Team. McGhee was also named a NCAA Division II Men’s Second Team All-American.