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Ryan Caruso who currently plays for the FC Copa Academy B00/01 National League team will be pursuing his dreams of playing College Soccer next fall as he becomes part of a very successful Rutgers Newark program. Ryan has played with FC Copa Academy for two years and is a constant force to be reckoned with up top as a dangerous and tenacious striker.

About his journey and commitment to Rutgers, Ryan had this to say… “"My choice to come play for Copa was an easy decision, I have grown as a player and leader and have had support from coach Billy and the Copa staff in the recruiting process. Playing with Copa has prepared me for the next level of my soccer career. I am thankful for all the support from Copa!”

Current B00/01 National League head coach Billy Englishby shares his thoughts on Ryan… “Ryan is a pivotal player in our attack and somebody who exploits space exceptionally well - consistently causing problems for opposition defenses. A player who balances his competitive drive and composure on the ball well, which will hold him in good stead as he moves into the ever competitive NJAC at Rutgers Newark. ”

Next year Ryan will be playing for Coach Kevin East who enters his 13th season and has an impressive record of 161-76-15 with the Scarlet Raiders - by far the most wins for a coach in program history - and he now has a career mark of 279-142-26 as a collegiate coach. The last five seasons have been incredible for the Scarlet Raiders, reaching four NCAA Tournaments, including an appearance in the 'Elite Eight' in 2016 and the program's first-ever NCAA win in 2014. The Scarlet Raiders won their first-ever NJAC Championship in 2017, collected an ECAC Metro title in 2015, and claimed the NJAC regular-season crown in 2016. We are thrilled to see Ryan join an incredibly successful program where he looks to make an impact in his time as a Scarlet Raider.

We look forward to great things from Ryan, and wish him congratulations and the best of luck as he pursues his soccer career at the next level with the Scarlet Raiders.

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