The University of Maryland men’s soccer program has a history of finding fast and effective left backs. Currently, freshman Diego Silva occupies that position. Silva’s secret weapon is his speed, which works well with coach Sasho Cirovski’s strategy of pushing his outside backs high and wide to help the attack.
Silva follows directly in the foot steps of two successful and attack-minded left backs in Taylor Kemp and Mikey Ambrose.
Kemp currently plays in the MLS as the starting left back for D.C. United. His successor, Ambrose, left Maryland last year to pursue an opportunity with the USL Austin Aztex. Ambrose recently signed with the new USL team Orlando City B.
Coming to the University of Maryland from the FC Dallas Academy, Ambrose started all 22 games of his final season at Maryland. In his three years at Maryland, he helped the Terps advance to the College Cup finals and semifinals and win both regular season and post season Big Ten Champion titles.
In his first year in the USL, Ambrose recorded one goal and captured the title Young Player of the Year by the Austin Aztex. The Aztex finished the 2015 season with a record of (10-3-15), and although Austin did not make it to the post season, Ambrose said he learned a lot from his time on the team.
Earlier this month, Orlando City SC announced the formation of a new USL team, Orlando City B. OCB has already signed three players, one of which is Ambrose. The team will work with Orlando City SC to develop players on both teams.
WMUC Sports Radio caught up with Ambrose before the Maryland Terrapins’ 1-0 victory over the Washington Huskies Friday night. Ambrose talked about “coming home” to Ludwig, his first professional season with the Aztex, and his new roll on the Orlando City B team.