WHAT COACHES SAY: Good crafty player, not sure if he is special enough to make an MLS roster ... He makes things happen in an attacking sense, was on right wing but should have played center... Technically gifted, good first touch alleviates pressure ... Great in 1v1 situations and getting service in off the flanks ... Needs to learn to manage his energy over a game and a longer season ... Should be a winger at the next level ... Currently exploring options overseas.
COLLEGE (Columbia): 2013: Led team with 6 assists and tied for team lead with 5 goals ... Named All-Ivy 1st team ... Started in 15 of the 16 matches he appeared in ... 2012: Named to the All-Ivy 2nd team ... Started in 13 of the 15 matches he appeared in ... 2011: Named to the All-Ivy 2nd team ... Started in all 16 matches he appeared in (2 goals and 2 assists) ... 2010: Started in all 17 matches (3 goals and 3 assists)
HIGH SCHOOL: Paramus Catholic ... Scored a school record 54 goals in his career ... NSCAA New Jersey POY his Senior year.
CLUB: New York Red Bulls.
PERSONAL: Majoring in political science ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Father is from Afghanistan and Mother is from Belarus ... Younger brother Adam plays soccer at Akron and with the USA U-20 national team.