Monarch Members Recognized by USL

August 26, 2009 - United Soccer League (USL) - Real Maryland Monarchs News Release

Silver Spring, MD -- Real Maryland FC, a member of the United Soccer Leagues Second Division, is pleased to announce that #4 Jonathan Borrajo has been named to the 2009 All League First Team for the USL's Second Division. In addition to being named to the All League First Team, John is a finalist for the USL Second Division 2009 "Defender of the Year." A second member of the Real Maryland Monarchs, Head Coach Anthony Hudson received a nod as a finalist for USL Second Division's 2009 "Coach of the Year". Both members of the 2009 Monarchs squad were instrumental in the success of the team this past season.

#4 Defender Jonathan Borrajo is a strong right back who came to the Monarchs in order to help strengthen the back line, and contribute to the team's depth. John hails from Clifton, New Jersey and played four years at George Mason University, where he received the Fred Thompson MVP and the Dennis Hamlet Defensive Player of the Year, both in 2008.

Borrajo's leadership rivals any on the team. John captained George Mason his senior year and led them to an NCAA appearance. Borrajo didn't miss a beat with his leadership or playing skills as he earned captainship and helped lead the Monarchs into the USL 2 Playoffs. He is the only player from Real Maryland FC to appear in every minute this season. First-year defender John Borrajo was a rock in the back for the Monarchs in 2009, helping lead the side to their first playoff appearance in franchise history.

In the Head Coach role, Anthony Hudson handled the professional pressures well as he led his squad into the USL 2 Playoffs in his first season as the Monarch's guide. The Monarchs finished the previous season in 2008 with a record of 3-15-2 and a last place spot in the League. In a complete turn around in 2009, Hudson led the team to a record of 8-10-2 (26 pts.) which was good enough to earn the #5 seed in the Playoffs.

Not unfamiliar to the pressures of success at a young age, Coach Hudson is the youngest professional coach in the United States of America. He was one of the youngest coaches to receive the UEFA "A" License from the English FA. Coach Hudson was also the youngest coach to conduct a lecture at the NSCAA Convention in 2008.

Coach joined the club from the Wilmington Hammerheads, where he has served as Assistant Head Coach to another 2009 "Coach of the Year Finalist", David Irving.

Hudson started his playing career at West Ham United under Tony Carr and Harry Redknapp. He signed as a YTS and played for a successful Academy Team which had seen players such as Michael Carrick and Joe Cole. Hudson later played at Luton Town FC under manager Lenny Lawrence before moving on to Holland where he signed with Dutch 1st Division team NEC Nijmegen.

"I am extremely proud of all of the boys on the squad this season and how they persevered," said Coach Hudson. "I am very humbled and honored to be considered for any award from the United Soccer Leagues."

Real Maryland FC participates in the Second Division of the United Soccer Leagues. All 2009 Regular Season Home Games will be played at Lester Stadium at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville, MD. For more information or tickets, please visit www.realmaryland.us or contact General Manager David Noyes at (301) 933-6460.

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