Five FC Dallas Academy players sign on National Signing Day

Five FC Dallas Academy players signed letters of intent to play collegiate soccer on National Signing Day Wednesday. Danny Garcia, Michael Ambrose, Mark Ashby, Nicholas Rochowski, and Aaron Guillen all committed to college programs.

Danny Garcia joins former FCD Academy teammate Boyd Okwuonu at the University of North Carolina where he will help the Tar Heels defend their 2011 National Championship. Meanwhile, Michael Ambrose, who wears the captain’s armband for the Academy U-18s, has committed to the University of Maryland. Mark Ashby will take his skills on the field and in the classroom to Harvard. The Denton native scored 2140 and 30 on his SAT and ACT, respectively, and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Ranked among the top defenders by ESPNHS, Nicholas Rochowski has committed to the University of New Mexico, while fellow defender Aaron Guillen will join Florida Gulf Coast University.

Michael Ambrose, defender – University of Maryland

Ambrose has been a part of the FC Dallas Academy program since 2009. He was one of eight MLS developmental players invited to play with U.S. U-18s in Northern Ireland’s Milk Cup last summer and serves as captain of the FCD U-18 Academy squad.

Mark Ashby, defender – Harvard University

Ashby has been a part of the FC Dallas Academy program since 2009. He currently attends Denton Ryan High School where he participates in the Student Council and National Honor Society. Ashby has SAT/ACT scores of 2140/30. He was the District 4-A Newcomer of the Year as a freshman before joining the FC Dallas Academy.

Danny Garcia, midfielder – University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Garcia has played with the FC Dallas Academy team since 2008. So far this season Garcia collected 16 goals in 14 appearances with the U-18s. He attends W.T. White High School where he has a 3.45 GPA. Garcia has also appeared in the MLS Reserve League with FC Dallas, scoring a goal against Sporting Kansas City last season.

Aaron Guillen, defender – Florida Gulf Coast University

Guillen is a left-footed defender who joined the FC Dallas Academy this past summer from affiliate club FC Dallas El Paso.

Nicholas Rochowski, defender – University of New Mexico

Rochowski is ranked among the ESPNHS Top 150 as well as the ESPNHS Top Defenders for 2012 graduates. Part of the FC Dallas Academy since 2008, he maintains a 3.9 GPA at Flower Mound High School.