OKC Energy FC released forward Pete Caringi III, General Manager Jason Hawkins announced today. He appeared in 11 matches for Energy FC and had two starts and one goal. Caringi was selected by the Montreal Impact in the third round of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft.
Caringi will be returning to University Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) as an assistant coach while finishing his college degree.
"It was a good opportunity for Pete that we did not want for him to miss out on so we encouraged him to take advantage of it and finish up his degree,” said Energy FC Head Coach Jimmy Nielsen.
Caringi finished his collegiate playing career in May at UMBC, where he scored 37 goals and had 17 assists in four years for the Retrievers. He earned America East Player of the Week honors twice as a senior and was named CSN's Player of the Week on Sept. 8, 2013. He also earned a spot on the teams of the week for Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News.
Caringi was named the conference's player of the week three times as a junior and named to the CSN and Soccer America teams of the week a combined three times. The league's coaches voted him striker of the year and the fans named him the fans' choice player of the year. He was also the ECAC Offensive Player of the Year and an all-star. Caringi was named to the NCSCA All-Northeast Region second team and earned his team's most valuable player honors. He was also a Soccer News Net College Boot finalist, recognizing the men's collegiate player of the year.
He was named to the America East All-Rookie team as a freshman and also earned second team all-conference honors that same season. He was an all-conference first team honoree as a sophomore.
He played for the USL PDL's Baltimore Bohemians in 2013 and became the league's Golden Boot winner that season with 16 goals and five assists in 12 games. He also earned player of the week honors on two occasions. Caringi also earned the Young (U-21) Player of the Year award.