|High School:||Hotchkiss School|
Notes: Signed with the Hartford Athletic of the United Soccer League after his senior season… Three-time All-Ivy selection… Appeared in 65 games at Yale while scoring nine goals and adding 15 assists for 33 points.
2018: Named to the United Soccer Coaches All-Northeast Region third team… First team All-Ivy selection… Tied for the team lead with five assists, which also tied for second in the Ivy League… Four goals and 13 points were second on team… One of only two players on team to start all 16 games… Selected as one of 30 men's candidates for the for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate soccer… CoSIDA Academic All-District first team selection… Named to the United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America Second Team… Earned Academic All-Ivy recognition… Recipient of the team’s Walter J. McNerney MVP Award.
2017: Tied for the team lead with three assists... One of only five players to appear in all 16 games... Started 12 games.
2016: Second team All-Ivy selection… Led team in assists (5) and points (11)… Scored three goals, including the game winner against Sacred Heart… Started 15 of 16 games… Had two assists in the 3-3 tie with Harvard… Scored Yale’s goal in 1-1 tie with Princeton… Started all seven Ivy League games and had five points.
2015: Honorable mention All-Ivy selection… Appeared in all 17 games and started 13… Tied for team lead with six points (2 goals, 2 assists)… Both his two goals and two assists came against Ivy League opponents… Started six of the seven Ivy games.
High School: Two-time all-state selection at The Hotchkiss School… Tallied 33 assists in his final two seasons… NEPSSA All Star as both a junior and senior… WNEPSSA All Star in his senior year and was twice named to the WNEPSSA All Select team… Helped Hotchkiss win two Founders League titles and the New England Class A championship in his freshmen season… Also ran track, competing in the 400 and 200 dashes and the 4x400 and 4x100 relays. Captained both the soccer and track teams as a senior.
Club Soccer Info: Played club soccer for both Beachside and the Dover Dreamers. Beachside won a pair of Connecticut State Cup titles and participated in the Region 1 championships… Dreamers were undefeated from 2011 to 2014 and ranked fourth in the nation.
Academic Awards: Spanish and History Prize recipient at Hotchkiss… Junior Cum Laude (top 5% of class).
Personal: Son of Christopher and Letty Downs… Father played soccer, ice hockey and lacrosse at Trinity College… Mother was a field hockey and lacrosse player at Colby College… Visited and lived at Right To Dream Academy, a top level football academy in Ghana, all summers but one since age 13… Helped tutor boys in school in preparation for coming to United States and train with U15 and U18 teams.
3 QUESTIONS FOR DOWNS
Who is your biggest soccer influence and why?
My father, who was my coach age 8 through 15, continues to be my biggest soccer inspiration. He has made me love the game the way I do and taught me all I know about it. I am a big fan of Pep Guardiola and his philosophy. He has a vision for the game that he never strays from - he coaches total football.
Do you have an idol or hero?
I have always been a massive fan of the Barcelona midfield of Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets. I watch those players to learn from how they play.
Why did you select Yale?
Yale offers an opportunity to pursue an unrivaled intellectual experience but also to compete athletically at a high level. The campus was as captivating as it was welcoming. Everyone I met was very genuine.
|Oct 13||at Cornell||W, 2-1|
|Oct 16||at Army West Point||W, 2-1|
|Oct 20||Penn||T, 1-1|
|Oct 27||Columbia||L, 2-1|
|Nov 3||at Brown||L, 1-0|
|Nov 10||Princeton||W, 1-0|
|Aug 31||Niagara||W, 1-0||1||0||0||0||2||.000||0-0||0|
|Sep 3||Fairfield||L, 2-1||1||0||0||0||0||-||0-0||0|
|Sep 7||at Howard||-||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|Sep 9||at Georgetown||L, 3-1||1||1||0||2||1||1.000||0-0||0|
|Sep 14||Michigan St.||T, 2-2||1||1||0||2||1||1.000||0-0||0|
|Sep 18||at Bryant||W, 4-0||1||1||1||3||3||.333||0-0||0|
|Sep 21||George Mason||W, 2-1||1||0||2||2||2||.000||0-0||0|
|Sep 23||at Fairleigh Dickinson||W, 1-0||1||0||0||0||1||.000||0-0||0|
|Sep 29||at Harvard||L, 1-0||1||0||0||0||2||.000||0-0||0|
|Oct 6||at Dartmouth||T, 1-1||1||0||0||0||2||.000||0-0||0|
|Oct 9||Vermont||L, 3-0||1||0||0||0||1||.000||0-0||0|
|Oct 13||at Cornell||W, 2-1||1||0||0||0||1||.000||0-0||0|
|Oct 16||at Army West Point||W, 2-1||1||0||1||1||3||.000||0-0||0|
|Oct 20||Penn||T, 1-1||1||0||0||0||1||.000||0-0||0|
|Oct 27||Columbia||L, 2-1||1||1||0||2||1||1.000||0-0||0|
|Nov 3||at Brown||L, 1-0||1||0||0||0||1||.000||0-0||0|
|Nov 10||Princeton||W, 1-0||1||0||1||1||1||.000||0-0||0|