From the halls of Foxboro Stadium…

Draft Pick Profile: Ryan Maxwell

Posted by Mike Marshall on January 15, 2009

Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-9
Weight: 165
Home: Clarendon, Jamaica
Born: September 1st, 1983
College: University of Tampa (Div II)
Drafted: 1st round, 15th overall


  • 2008 NSCAA/adidas Senior College Men’s Scholar All-American
  • 2008 First Team All-SSC
  • 2007 Second Team All-SSC
  • 2007 Second-team NSCAA All-South Region


  • Former member of the Jamaican U-20 National Team


  • Played three seasons at the University of Tampa after transferring from San Jacinto Junior College after his freshman year.
  • Totaled 16 goals and 14 assists in 55 career games for the Spartans
  • Citizen of Jamaica who will apparently count as an International Player

What they’re Saying:

Steve Nicol: “We didn’t have him on our radar before the Combine, but everything he did there, he did well. After the Combine, people probably didn’t think he’d be available at number 15.”

Buzz Carrick, 3rd Degree: “Crazy fast wide mid, arguably the fastest player at the combine.  With or without the ball he beat players to get results.  Doesn’t have a clue about how to play defense.”

“Not as impressive early as Wallace is handling his speed… woops… spoke to fast.  Round about the twenty minute mark Maxwell figures out he can beat Wallace on the run and takes him multiple times.  He beats Wallace and cuts inside for a give and go with Schunk…. Maxwell’s nice flick shot is saved by Frei, impressive reaction save, but the rebound is finished by Parera for the White goal.”

“Can run by some people.  Not a great passer, but can really move with the ball in a vertical way.  Can cut inside and go by multiple defenders.  Missing the tiny difference making touch in the box.  But some really nice potential, maybe the most interesting pure winger today. a real run at people kind of player.”

Ives Galarcep, “For those of you who missed the reports, Maxwell is a Dane Richards starter kit. A Jamaican right winger, Maxwell has blazing speed and looked good at the Combine.”

Greg Lalas, “The Revs’ other first rounder, Ryan Maxwell, a speed demon out of the University of Tampa, is another bullet to go along with the likes of Sainey Nyassi and Kenny Mansally. ‘He’s very dynamic,’ Mariner said. ‘He’s got pace to go on the outside.’”

From College to the Pros: “Maxwell came out of nowhere for me. He’s a Jamacian player who started at junior college and then transfered to the University of Tampa. At the combine he impressed with great speed and attacking skill. Since the emergence of Dane Richards people are looking for players who can run fast and dribble down the flank and with Steve Ralston moving on in years, Maxwell could fill a hole down that side. He can learn to cross the ball…right?”

Pro Player Pipeline: “too many bad touches and holding the ball too long”

“tremendous improvement; playing quicker; causing problems in front of GA Rodney Wallace; his play created the first goal; have to wonder why he didn’t start demanding the ball with an injured player (Gerstenberger) in front of him – though no one from his identified it”

“confident on the ball; takes too long to deliver the ball”

Kyle McCarthy, “Maxwell’s blazing speed and willingness to attack defenders led some to compare him to Dane Richards and others to ponder whether he would be a nice pick in the third or fourth round.”

Tampa Head Coach Adrian Bush: “”When he came on his official visit, he said he wanted to become a professional soccer player.  He’s a kid that hasn’t come from much. He had to go a long route to get to the United States. He’s a great kid, and he’s got a lot of fire on the field. For him to make it, if he gets drafted, it would be amazing for him.”

“He’s going to be a pro player, there’s no doubt.”


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