Angel Josue Espana, who relocated from California to New Jersey for this school year, will be taking his game south to Florida International University in the fall, ESR learned Wednesday night.
The attacking midfielder who previously played for the LA Galaxy, but now plays for PDA in the Development Academy, will be reconnected at FIU with coach Kenny Arena, who previously coached with the Galaxy.
Espana was named the Newark Star-Ledger Prep Player of the Year after helping St. Benedict’s to an 18-0 season, a 24th straight state title and a second straight ESR Fall Top 50 national crown.
Espana had 11 goals and 16 assists with St. Benedict’s.
He has started all four of his appearances with PDA this season, which is on break until March. Last yeat, he scored seven goals while making 17 starts and 21 appearances with the Galaxy’s Under-15/16 Development Academy team.
Espana joins an FIU recruiting class that includes Marvin Hezel of Germany, Vincent Reyes of California and Juan Benedetty, Luis Betancur, Lex Craggs, Ismael Longo, Nico Midttun, Nelson Milsaint and Darren Rios of Florida.