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Home >College Soccer Reporter > Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012
[RANKINGS] Connecticut is No. 1 in the Soccer America Soccer America Men's Preseason Top 25 ahead of Akron, Maryland, UC Santa Barbara and Charlotte. Defending champion North Carolina is No. 6. For the complete Top 25 ... Read the whole story
[ELITE EIGHT: #1 Connecticut] Connecticut has all the elements for making a national championship run, a deep and talented team loaded with experience. Another key is chemistry. The Huskies hope to build on a successful spring trip to Canada that Coach Ray Reid says is one of the best things ... Read the whole story
[ELITE EIGHT: #2 Akron] Akron didn't suffer the wholesale losses it did in 2011 when it had seven players from its national championship team taken in the MLS SuperDraft and five in the first eight picks. But the loss of Jamaican Darren Mattocks, who went with the No. 2 pick ... Read the whole story
[ELITE EIGHT: #3 Maryland] Last season was a tale of two halves for Maryland. Unbeaten through 12 games, the Terrapins won only one of their last five games and finished with a 14-4-3 record. The bad news is that Maryland's top scorer Casey Townsend (17 goals) graduated. The good news ... Read the whole story
[ELITE EIGHT: #4 UC Santa Barbara] UC Santa Barbara lost Luis Silva, who is starting from MLS's Toronto FC, Sam Garza, who signed a Generation adidas contract with the San Jose Earthquakes, and Ghanaian David Opuko, who joined Finnish club MyPa, but the Gauchos have added quartet of transfers who ... Read the whole story
[ELITE EIGHT: #5 Charlotte] Charlotte came out of nowhere to reach the College Cup final for the first time in 2011. The 49ers were unseeded entering the postseason but knocked off defending champion Akron, the No. 3 seed UConn and No. 2 Creighton in consecutive games before falling to North ... Read the whole story
[ELITE EIGHT: #6 NORTH CAROLINA] Turnover has been a constant at Chapel Hill in recent years, and the Heels haven't missed a beat. They returned only three starters from the 2010 team that included Jalil Anibaba, Michael Farfan and Stephen McCarthy, now all MLS regulars, and won the 2011 College ... Read the whole story
[ELITE EIGHT: #7 NEW MEXICO] Expectations are high at New Mexico after the Lobos went 10-0-0 in the MPSF and ran off 13 straight wins en route to their first unbeaten season (18-0-4). But they are also motivated to improve on their 2011 NCAA Tournament run that ended after two ... Read the whole story



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