Thursday July 14, 2022 | 4:00 p.m.
One of the best men’s football players to come out of the WPIAL in recent years is also mentioned along with the country’s top talents.
Three-time All-American forward Anthony DiFalco, who had a stellar four-year career at Franklin Regional, has been named to the All-USA Today High School Sports Awards Men’s Soccer Team for 2021-22.
He joins 23 others, from 17 states, on the National All-Star Team.
The award places DiFalco’s name in the National Player of the Year hat. The three finalists and the winner will be announced virtually on July 31.
DiFalco, who will play college football at Duquesne, was also a three-time all-region, all-state player and scored 118 career goals.
The other nominees for Player of the Year are:
Palmer Ault, Sr., F, Noblesville High School, Indiana
Ryder Barrett, Sr., D, Rockhurst High School, Missouri
Sebastian Carranza, Sr., MF, St. Charles East High School (Illinois)
Daniel D’Ippolito, Sr., MF, Somers High School (New York)
Quin Delamater, Sr., D, Hillgrove High School (Georgia)
Nani Deperro, Sr., F, Summit High School (Oregon)
Jaden Dubon, Sr., F, Hood River Valley High School, Oregon
Elyes Ellouz, Sr., MF, Olathe West High School (Kansas)
Kristian Fletcher, Jr., M, Landon School, Maryland
Ryan Friedberg, Sr., GK, Westfield High School, New Jersey
Speed Gregory, Sr., GK, Phoenix Country Day School (Arizona)
Jack Guggemos, Sr., MF, Okemos High School (Michigan)
Alex Harris, Jr., F, Columbia River High School (Washington)
Denis Krioutchenkov, Sr., F, Shorewood High School (Wisconsin)
Jacob Murrell, Sr., McDonogh School (Maryland)
Nino Pagano, Sr., F, Fayetteville-Manlius High School (New York)
Aidan Payne, Sr., F, New Hanover High School, North Carolina
Luciano Pechota, Sr., MF, St. Ignatius High School (Ohio)
Garrett Slack, Sr., F, Lincoln High School (Illinois)
Jack Spencer, Sr., GK, Elks Rapid High School (Michigan)
Sebastian Tis, Sr., D, Conestoga High School, Pennsylvania
Alex Waggoner, Jr., F, Santa Fe High School, New Mexico
Matt Webb, Sr., MF, Pike County High School (Georgia)
Key words: Franklin Regional