2012 NCAA College Cup
Any college soccer people? No? Yeah, what I figured :laugh:
GT wins a thriller in the 1st semi, 4-4 on penalties. Gave up a 2 goal lead in the last 25' or so.
IU and Creighton in the 2nd semi starts now on ESPNU
Hoosiers win 1-0!!!
Final on Sunday.
Do many/any players go onto the MLS?
Also are there any Finns playing in the NCAA? :D
Omar Gonzalez and AJ Delagarza both went to Maryland. There are a bunch of players from UCLA, Maryland, UCSB, Creighton, Louisville in MLS I believe.
Additionally, players like Clint Dempsey (Furman), Brad Friedel (UCLA), Stuart Holden (Clemson), Carlos Bocanegra (UCLA), Geoff Cameron (Rhode Island) and Maurice Edu (Maryland) all started in college.
Funny thing is, it's actually cheaper for a lot of programs to recruit internationally; it makes your 9.9 equivalent scholarships go farther because foreign students are eligible for more academic aid (although that aid still counts against the team's budget, just not their scholarship limit). As a result, you see a lot of European and African and South American talent, especially at smaller schools, because the talent pool in the US and Canada isn't large enough yet for a small-conference school like mine (ETSU) to compete with the big boys (like UNC, Wake Forest, or Maryland) solely on domestic talent. Of course, our program is only five years old, so we're still making a name for ourselves, but we recruit heavily from Western and Central Europe, plus a few South Americans and two African kids.
But yes, MLS does tend to draw from the collegiate ranks to fill out the bulk of its rosters. In general, they go to major conference schools on the East Coast like Maryland or North Carolina, or West Coast schools of varying sizes. (Dempsey was a notable exception to this.)
These are guys who have received recent USMNT call-ups:
Carlos Bocanegra, UCLA
Jeff Larentowicz, Brown
Brad Evans, UC Irvine
Ricardo Clark, Furman
Benny Feilhaber, UCLA
Heath Pearce, Portland
Oguchi Onyewu, Clemson
Sacha Kljestan, Seton Hall
Clarence Goodson, Maryland
Nick Rimando, UCLA
Graham Zusi, Maryland
Chris Wondolowski, Chico State (Division II)
Teal Bunbury, Akron
C.J. Sapong, James Madison
Alan Gordon, Oregon State
Clint Dempsey, Furman
Sean Johnson, Central Florida
Brad Guzan, South Carolina
Steve Cherundolo, Portland
Michael Parkhurst, Wake Forest
Steven Beitashour, San Diego State
Matt Besler, Notre Dame
Zach Loyd, North Carolina
A.J. DeLaGarza, Maryland
Jeff Parke, Drexel
Omar Gonzalez, Maryland
George John, Washington
Maurice Edu, Maryland
Geoff Cameron, West Virginia/Rhode Island
And to toss in a few other notables from recent MLS Best XI teams...
Chris Pontius, UC-Irvine
Brad Davis, Saint Louis
Todd Dunivant, Stanford
Kasey Keller, Portland
Nat Borchers, Denver
Chad Marshall, Stanford
Shalrie Joseph, St. John's
Robbie Rogers, Maryland
Conor Casey, Portland
There are more that I probably just haven't thought to list.
I watched last year's College Cup and was kinda unimpressed; pleased to see the positive, attacking play in the Maryland/Georgetown game. Don't get to see any college soccer (Arizona St next year) but I'm just happy to see anything other than 1-0 grind-fests. The number of current USMNT players who have NCAA time is probably going to decrease in the future as MLS get their academies tuned up, but I'm always pleased to see positive, attacking play. Exciting game in the first semifinal ... looking forward to Georgetown/Indiana.
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