[MEN'S PREVIEW: Akron-Indiana]
What kind of effect has MLS defections had on college soccer? Akron has had eight players turn pro early in the last three years,
including Perry Kitchen
, DeAndre Yedlin
and Wil Trapp
, who would have all been on this
year's Zips team if they had remained in college. But the Zips still have plenty of talent as they take on defending national champion Indiana in the marquee match of the first round of the NCAA Men's
Tournament. Akron (16-3-1) vs. Indiana (8-11-2) Venue:
FirstEnergy Stadium-Cub Cadet Field Kickoff:
7 pm ET Online: MAC-Sports.com
Akron-FOX Sports 1350 AM (WARF); IUHoosiers.com STORY
-- Jared Embick
is in his first season at the helm at Akron after taking over for Caleb Porter
was named the Portland Timbers head coach. He has not been afraid to juggle the lineup -- replacing highly rated Fernando Pina
with unused sophomore Jake Fenlason
in goal for the Mid-American Tournament -- or try out players at new positions. The Zips have recently gotten hot, going 9-0-1 in their last 10 games.
They've scored 15 goals in their last six games after scoring just 15 in their first 14 games.
-- The Hoosiers have won eight NCAA titles, the most of any team in this year's tournament,
and return for the 27th consecutive year. But they needed to win the Big Ten earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Their losing record would have otherwise made them ineligible for postseason
play. NUMBER GAME: 10
Ten players who played for Akron in the previous three years
played in MLS in 2013. Eight players were on Akron's 2010 championship team: Chad Barson
, Scott Caldwell
, Chris Korb
, Darlington Nagbe, Michael Nanchoff, Kofi Sarkodie
, Kitchen and Mattocks. Yedlin and Trapp arrived at
Akron in 2011. FIVE PLAYERS TO WATCH: A.J. Corrado (Indiana).
Projected to go as high as fifth in the
2014 MLS SuperDraft. The The senior midfielder transferred from SMU after his freshman year. His team-high seven assists give him 23 in three seasons.
Brian Gallego (Akron).
One of eight Zips named to the Mid-American first-team all-conference team. The junior defender holds the distinction of being the first player whose MLS homegrown rights
were traded (from New York to Porter's Timbers). He a shot to the throat early in the Mid-American semifinal and didn't play the rest of the tournament.
Dylan Mares (Indiana).
Started for Louisville when it lost to Akron, 1-0, in the 2010 College Cup final. Transferred to IU after two seasons with
the Cardinals. Scored the golden goal against Michigan in the 2-1 win in the Big Ten quarterfinals.
Aodhan Quinn (Akron).
Ninth consecutive Akron
player to be named Mid-American Player of the Year. Son of former U.S. international Brian Quinn
is tied for the team lead with six goals. Transferred from
Bradley in 2011. Colin Webb (Indiana).
Lone freshman starter for IU. Named the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Tournament and hasn't given up a
goal since the 11th minute of the Big Ten quarterfinals against Michigan. AKRON: Goalkeeper 24 Jake Fenlason
SO San Diego, Calif. Defenders 15 Louis Cross
England 23 Robbie Derschang
SR Englewood, Colo. 4 Bryan Gallego
JR Kinnelon, N.J. 3 Saad Abdul-Salaam
JR Gahanna, Ohio Midfielders 6 Adam Najem
N.J. 8 Victor Souto
FR Brazil 13 Zac Portillos
SR Aurora, Colo. 10
SR San Diego, Calif. Forwards 7 Reinaldo Brenes
SR Costa Rica 14 Eric Stevenson
SR Columbus, Ohio Subs 25 Clint Caso
SO Kinnelon, N.J.
16 Phil Fives
SO Pittsburgh, Pa. 17 Riley Grant
FR Copley, Ohio 21
FR Dunn Loring, Va. 18 Osas Malkin
FR Pittsburgh, Pa. 20 Brad Ruhaak
FR Akron, Ohio 2 Andrew Souders
SO Amherst, Ohio INDIANA: Goalkeeper
32 Colin Webb
Diego, Calif. Defenders
23 Kerel Bradford
JR Chandler, Ariz. 17 Jacob Bushue
SR Champaign, Ill.
19 Patrick Doody
JR Naperville, Ill. 5 Matt McKain
SR Columbus, Ind. Midfielders 10 A.J. Corrado
SR Zionsville, Ind. 8 Nikita Kotlov
SR Indianapolis, Ind.
16 Dylan Lax
JR Columbus, Ind. 7 Harrison Petts
SR Zionsville, Ind.
4 Femi Hollinger-Janze
n SO Goshen, Ind. 9 Andrew Oliver
SO Indianapolis, Ind.
JR Zionsville, Ind.
21 Kyle Sparks
SO Avon, Ind./Avon 11 Tanner Thompson
Calif. 14 Tommy Thompson
FR Loomis, Calif. 15 Jamie Vollmer
JR Westfield, Ind.