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College Soccer

Blaming college soccer for U.S. World Cup disaster misses the point

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It's been years since college soccer was the main path to the national team

It hasn't been hard to find bad takes since the United States Men's National Team were knocked out of the 2018 World Cup on a disaster of an evening in Trinidad & Tobago on October 10. Among the worst takes I've seen over the past week have had something to do with it being all college soccer's fault.

SBI College Spotlight: Wild avoids transfer difficulties, thrives with Maryland

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Many players who transfer from smaller colleges to national powerhouse programsstruggle to acclimate to the new environment and increased level of competition. Gordon Wild has not only survivedin his first season after transferring to mighty Maryland, he has thrived.

Friday College Rewind: Maryland edges Georgetown late, San Diego State upsets Akron, and more

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With 44 seconds remaining in regulation, sophomore transfer Gordon Wild scored for Maryland to help give the SBI No. 4 Terrapinsa dramatic 2-1 victory over No. 14Georgetown on Friday night.

Eryk Williamson scored the first goal of the match in the 55th minute for Maryland, but Georgetown's Achara equalized in the 83rd minute.

Union Academy in College Returns to Campus

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College freshman with experience suiting up for the Philadelphia Union move into their dorms as they join upperclassmen Academy alumni prepping for the 2014 college soccer season.

A deadly Harry Shipp set piece kept Zach Steffen and Alex Shinsky from tasting College Cup victory at PPL Park in December, but both return to the University of Maryland Terrapins this fall looking for a repeat trip to college soccer's season-ending tournament.

SBI College Preview: Maryland aiming to leave the ACC as champions

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The 2013 season is a special one for the Maryland Terrapins Men's Soccer program.

Not only does the upcoming season mark the school's 60th anniversary as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference, but it also signifies the final year that the Terrapins will play ACC soccer, with a move to the Big Ten Conference set to begin on July 1, 2014.

What Happens to College Soccer?

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By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 12, 2012) US Soccer Players -- The Indiana Hoosiers are college soccer champions. In 2012, that means something different than it did in 2002 or even 2007. The achievement is still notable, and represents a return to the top for Indiana and their eighth championship overall, but the victory comes during a very strange time for the game at the college level.

College Spotlight: Maryland's Townsend off to dream start in senior season

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The University of Maryland's overtime loss to Michigan in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals last season was a shocking upset, and although it ended the Terps' hopes of a national title, good has come from it.

College Soccer Weekend Rewind

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The college soccer season may only be a few weeks old but some highly-rated programs are already failing to live up to lofty expectations.

No. 12 Duke slumped to a couple of home losses over the weekend to No. 8 UCSB and No. 9 SMU. The Blue Devils are 1-3-0 without having even started ACC play.

Maryland puts it together, W. Virginia tops Virginia in ACC/Big East Challenge

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BOYDS, Md. -- It took a half, but the Maryland men's soccer team put together a performance that merited the team's preseason No. 5 ranking in the SBI/Fox Soccer Top 25.

Sophomore Patrick Mullins and junior John Stertzer scored four minutes apart to snap Maryland out of a funk and break a scoreless deadlock early in the second half, and the Terrapins defeated St.

MLS Combine Profile: Hard-working Herrick set for professional stage

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In the half a decade that Jason Herrick spent in College Park, Md., he experienced the ups of winning a national championship and the downs of a long-term injury. The one thing that never wavered in that time was his work rate or professional mindset.

College Soccer Helps Develop US team

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It is en vogue in soccer circles to bash college soccer, but when you look at the US roster for this World Cup, it is obvious that college soccer is the route that has helped develop most of our team.

Ben Cohen of the Wall Street Journal writes about the debate of college soccer's role in developing players for our US national team.

Payne named as head coach at Army

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Russell Payne is one of the real good guys in college soccer, and after six successful seasons as an assistant coach at Maryland, was recently named as the head coach at the United States Military Academy.

Payne was one of Sasho Cirovski's first big recruits at Maryland and became the captain of Cirovski's first ACC Championship team in 1996.

Porter to DC United?

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The hottest rumor on the coaching carousel rumor mill appears to be the courtship of Caleb Porter by DC United of Major League Soccer, as Steven Goff of the Washington Post reports.

Here's what I have been able to piece together since first reporting the Porter-DCU link several weeks ago:

My contacts in coaching and soccer-industry circles say the University of Akron boss is atop the MLS club's wish list to fill the head coaching vacancy left open by Tom Soehn.

In defense of American college soccer: A community perspective

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For most Americans who identify as soccer aficionados (including many émigrés) this time of year is exciting because of the start of the European season. In this crowd the fact that it is also the start of the American college season is mostly of no note at all, or perhaps a cause for casual derision.

D.C. United

MLS Draft 2017: D.C. United selects Maryland Terrapins defender Chris Odoi-Atsem

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The Black-and-Red went local with the 12th overall pick, fortifying their defensive depth with Odoi-Atsem

With their first pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, D.C. United selected Maryland Terrapins defender Chris Odoi-Atsem. Described by Terps coach Sasho Cirovski as "the strongest one-on-one defender [he'd] ever coached," Odoi-Atsem has deep local roots.

MLS Draft 2015: D.C. United selects Maryland Terrapins midfielder Dan Metzger with the 42nd overall pick

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United "saved the best for last," to quote the man directly, in taking Maryland Terrapins defensive midfielder Dan Metzger.

With their second pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, D.C. United selected midfielder Dan Metzger, a co-captain at the University of Maryland. The Holmdel, NY native is a former USA under-18 national team player and three-year starter for the Terps under head coach Sasho Cirovski.

Philadelphia Union

Philadelphia Union tops University of Maryland 5-0 in scrimmage

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A rotating cast of first-teamers got the better of the University of Maryland in a match at Talen Energy Stadium on Tuesday morning.

For the Philadelphia Union, Tuesday morning's scrimmage with the University of Maryland was a chance to try different formations and cycle in some players who haven't seen much game action with the first team.

Philadelphia Union to host University of Maryland

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The University of Maryland unveiled their spring schedule Friday, and it includes a morning exhibition with the Philadelphia Union in Chester.

Sebastian Elney will get a chance to face the team he could wind up signing a homegrown player contract with when Maryland plays the Philadelphia Union in an exhibition match on April 12.

Crystal Palace friendly recaps & reaction, latest on Rais M’Bolhi to the Union reports, more

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Recaps and reaction from Crystal Palace friendly. Reports say Algerian national team goalkeeper Rais M'Bolhi to Union. More news.


Big week starts for trio with MLS hopes

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Three players with Wisconsin ties are looking to impress coaches this weekend at the Major League Soccer Combine, which kicked off Friday in Lauderhill, Fla.

Midfielders Tony Walls (Wauwatosa East/UW-Green Bay) and Calum Mallace (Marquette) came off the bench for the adiPower team in their 3-2 win over Team PRIME in the first of six matches at the Combine.

Zac MacMath, Maryland and U-20 goalkeeper, turning pro via report

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Via the industrious and resourceful Steven Goff/The Washington Post comes word from Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski that Terrapins and U-20 national team goalkeeper Zac MacMath is turning pro and forgoing his senior season.

The Rest

ACC Semifinals: UNC, Maryland advance

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It may not have been pretty, but the ACC got the final everyone wanted when No. 3 Maryland and No. 4 North Carolina advanced from their respective semifinals on Friday night at WakeMed Soccer Park in Carey, NC.

Maryland started off the evening by extracting revenge for last year's ACC tournament loss to Virginia with a 2-0 victory over the Cavaliers.

What it takes to be a C-H-A-M-P-I-O-N

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The following is a excerpt taken from Sasho Cirovski, Maryland Men's Head Soccer Coach. So you want to be a Champion? There has never been a better time to be a youngster aspiring to have a career in soccer in the USA. So then, what does it take to make it! Well, there is no easy answer to that question.