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Ricardo John (#16) attempts to control the ball while under pressure from Fidel Escobar (#6) during a CONCACAF U-20 Championship match between Panama and T&T at Montego Bay Sports Complex, Montego Bay, Jamaica on Sunday, January 18th 2015.
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Ricardo John, a rising sophomore on the Virginia Tech men’s soccer team, recently wrapped up summer competition with the Trinidad and Tobago U-23 National Team. In the team’s last match, John scored a pair of goals in a 5-0 win over the host Puerto Ricans.

The “Soca Warriors” failed to advance out of pool play with Puerto Rico and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The three teams were competing for a spot in the 2016 Olympic Games through qualifying pool play. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines won the group with a 1-0-1 record. John’s Trinidad and Tobago squad went 1-1-0 while Puerto Rico went 0-1-1.

The native of Arouca, Trinidad and Tobago, appeared in 17 matches as a freshman last season for the Hokies, earning 13 starts. He garnered third-team All-South Region honors, earned All-ACC third-team honors and ACC All-Freshmen team honors. He was also named to Soccer America’s All-Freshmen second team and was ranked the No. 30 freshman in the country following last season by Top Drawer Soccer.

The Hokies will open their 2015 campaign in August with a trio of scrimmages before opening the regular season on Friday, Aug. 28 with a home match against UNCG at Thompson Field.