Four former champions, all winners of the NCAA Division I title in the last seven years, head to Talen Energy Stadium, home of MLS's Philadelphia Union, for the Men's College Cup. The final four will
offer a sneak peak of some of the top pro prospects in the college game. Men's College Cup, Semifinals:
#5 Akron vs. #9 Stanford, 6 pm ET ESPNU
#2 Indiana vs. #3 North Carolina, 8:45 pm ET ESPNU Stanford
(17-2-2) Coach: Jeremy Gunn
is one of four coaches to win NCAA titles in both Division I (Stanford 2015 and
2016) and Division II (Ft. Lewis 2005). Cardinal teams are 82-25-18 (.702) in his six seasons on The Farm.
-- Corey Baird
, Second on Cardinal with 6 goals and 6 assists in only 16 games.
-- Foster Langsdorf
, Pac-12 Player of the Year for third straight
-- Tomas Hilliard-Arc
e, Repeat winner of Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year award. Starting XI, last time
out: 1 Nico Corti
SR Westlake Village, Calif. (Real So Cal) 3 Tanner Beason
SO Winston-Salem, N.C (North Carolina Fusion) 4 Tomas Hilliard-Arce
Matthews, N.C. (Charlotte Soccer Acad.) 6 Adam Mosharrafa
JR Paradise Valley, Ariz. (Scottsdale Blackhawks) 22 Logan Panchot
FR St. Louis, Mo. (St. Louis Scott Gallagher
SC) 7 Bryce Marion
SR Cypress, Texas (Houston Dynamo Acad.) 8 Jared Gilbey
SO New York, N.Y. (NY Red Bulls Acad.) 12 Drew Skundrich
SR Lancaster, Pa. (PA
Classics) 23 Sam Werner
JR Bozeman, Mont. (Portland Timbers Acad.) 2 Foster Langsdorf
SR Vancouver, Wash. (Portland Timbers Acad.) 10 Corey Baird
Calif. (Real Salt Lake AZ) Akron (18-3-2) Coach: Jared Embick
was promoted from associate head coach when Caleb Porter left after the 2012 season to become the Portland Timbers head coach.
He has a 79-22-11 record and has led the Zips to the final four for the second time.
Three to watch:
, Portuguese defender is considered one of top freshmen in the country.
-- Sam Gainford,
Liverpool academy product is having best season (10 goals, 5
-- Stuart Holthusen,
Former New Zealand U-17 leads Akron with 12 goals.
Starting XI, last time out: 1 Ben Lundt
(Lenoir-Rhyne) JR Germany 2 Joao Moutinho
FR Portugal 4 Niko De Vera
SR Camas, Wash.
(Portland Timbers Acad.) 18 Nate Shultz
SR Mayfield, Ohio (Internationals SC) 25 Daniel Strachan
FR Lakewood, Ohio (Internationals SC) 6 Skye Harter
Copley, Ohio (Internationals SC)
10 Manuel Cordeiro
13 Pau Belana
SR Spain 7 Sam Gainford
9 Stuart Holthusen
SR New Zealand
11 Marcel Zajac
SO Mississauga, Ont. (Sigma FC)
Indiana (17-0-6) Coach:
played in two final fours
under his father, the legendary Jerry Yeagley, and is back at his second College Cup as a head coach, having led IU to the title in 2012.
Three to watch:
, Part of arguably the best backline in the college ranks.
, Considered one of the few MLS-ready players
, Freshman out of New Jersey leads the Hoosiers with 10 goals.
Starting XI, last time out:
1 Trey Muse
FR Louisville, Ky. (Seattle Sounders FC ) 5 Grant Lillard
SR Hinsdale, Ill. (Chicago Fire Acad.) 15 Andrew Gutman
JR Hinsdale, Ill. (Chicago
Fire Acad.) 19 Rece Buckmaster
JR Auburn, Ind. (Indiana Fire Acad.) 20 Timmy Mehl
FR Manhattan Beach, Calif. (Fram SC) 7 Trevor Swartz
JR Cameron Park, Calif.
(Sacramento United) 11 Cory Thomas
JR Corydon, Ind. (Rovers Youth Acad.) 12 Austin Panchot
JR. St. Louis, Mo (St. Louis Scott Gallagher MO) 13 Francesco Moore
Highland Park, Ill. (Chicago Magic PSG) 8 Mason Toye
FR South Orange, N.J. (PDA) 14 Griffin Dorsey
FR Evergreen, Colo. (Colorado Rush)
North Carolina (17-3-1) Coach:
was only second rookie coach to lead his team to the NCAA Division I title when the Tar Heels won in 2011. They're back at the
College Cup for the second year in a row and third time in Somoano's seven years.
Three to watch:
, Chicago Fire academy product leads Carolina with 13 assists.
, Leads Tar Heels with 11 goals in 16 games.
, Had goal and assist in
quarterfinals to give him 4 goals and 11 assists.
Starting XI, last time out: 1 James Pyle
Charlotte N.C. (Charlotte Soccer Acad.)
2 Mauricio Pineda
SO Bolingbrook, Ill. (Chicago Fire Acad.) 4 Alex Comsia
JR North Vancouver, B.C. (Vancouver
Whitecaps Residency) 5 John Nelson
FR Medina, Ohio (Internationals SC) 27 Mark Salas
FR Dallas, Texas (FC Dallas Acad.) 6 Cam Lindley
Carmel, Ind. (Chicago Fire Acad.) 8 Jack Skahan
SO Memphis, Tenn. (Philadelphia Union Acad.) 28 Jeremy Kelly
SO Chapel Hill, N.C. (Capital Area Railhawks Acad.)
10 Zach Wright
SR Smithville, TX (Sporting KC Acad.) 18 Alan Winn
SR Garland, Texas (Solar Chelsea) 26 Jelani Pieters
SO Oswego, Ill. (Sockers FC)