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COACHES' BREAKDOWN: Brenes is not a typical No. 9, though he's a smart enough soccer player that he might be able to do well at the position. Instead, the Cosa Rican attacker's high soccer IQ produces brilliantly timed runs in behind opposing defenses. His movement off the ball is exceptional, but he also brings good pace, finishing, technical skill, and some strength to the table. Brenes can be a little streaky, but his biggest problem is self-inflicted: There's no such thing as a "light" training session for the Costa Rican, and sometimes he practices so hard that he can break down physically and injure himself. That otherworldly workrate and knack for picking out a run, though, will likely be enough to convince teams that he can fit in even if he can't play the traditional No. 9 role.
COLLEGE: 2013: NSCAA Academic All-America First Team (3.74 GPA, International Business) ... CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team honoree ... All-Great Lakes Region First Team ... voted one of three team captains ... started all 18 games he appeared in ... paced the Akron attack with eight goals, four of which came in the last six games of the season and and five of which were game winners ... missed four straight games with a leg injury from Oct. 18-30 ... 2012: Enjoyed a breakout season, setting career highs for goals (11), games played (17), games started (13) and minutes played (998) ... rated the No. 45 upperclassman in the country by Top Drawer Soccer ... named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team ... was an All-MAC First Team honoree as well as the Zips' top goal scorer ... Academic All-MAC ... 2011: Appeared in 11 games ... netted his first career goal with a header against Wake Forest (Oct. 29) ... 2010: Appeared in 15 games, including one start ... recorded his first career point with an assist in a 4-0 win against Buffalo (Oct. 16) ...
Prior to Akron: Was a member of the U-18 Costa Rican National Team as well as the U-17s ... was the 39th-ranked recruit in the nation, according to Top Drawer Soccer ... won the Coaches Award at IMG for the U-18s in 2008 and in 2009.