Akpan is one of eight 2008 MVPs second-team picks selected to the 2009 Preseason All-American team.
UIC goalie Jovan Bubonja, a member of the 2009 Preseason All-American team, was a 2007 MVPs second-team pick.
Soccer America Men's Preseason All-Americans
Jovan Bubonja, UIC, Sr.
Mark Blades, Northwestern, Sr.
Joel Gustafsson, St. John's, Sr.
Ike Opara, Wake Forest, Jr.
Barry Rice, Kentucky, Sr.
Corben Bone, Wake Forest, Jr.
Craig Henderson, Dartmouth, Sr.
Michael Stephens, UCLA, Sr.
Andre Akpan, Harvard, Sr.
Samson Malijani, Fairleigh Dickinson, Sr.
Andrew Wiedeman, California, Jr.
Brian Perk, UCLA, Sr.
Tennant McVea, Loyola (Md.), Sr.
Ofori Sarkodie, Indiana, Sr.
Chris Schuler, Creighton, Sr.
Anthony Ampaipitakwong, Akron, Jr.
Nelson Becerra, St. John's, Sr.
Stephen McCarthy, North Carolina, Sr.
Toni Stahl, Connecticut, Sr.
Bright Dike, Notre Dame, Sr.
Irving Garcia, UC Irvine, Sr.
Casey Townsend, Maryland, Soph.