Men's College Cup: Recent champions converge on Philly

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:
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8
#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.

Three to watch:
-- 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 year.
-- Tomas Hilliard-Arce, 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 SR 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 SR Escondido, 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:
-- Joao Moutinho, Portuguese defender is considered one of top freshmen in the country.
--
Sam Gainford, Liverpool academy product is having best season (10 goals, 5 assists).
-- 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 SO Copley, Ohio (Internationals SC)
10 Manuel Cordeiro SR Portugal
13 Pau Belana SR Spain
7 Sam Gainford SR England
9 Stuart Holthusen SR New Zealand
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1 Marcel Zajac SO Mississauga, Ont. (Sigma FC)

Indiana (17-0-6)
Coach:
Todd Yeagley
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:
Andrew Gutman
, Part of arguably the best backline in the college ranks.
Grant Lillard
, Considered one of the few MLS-ready players in college.
Mason Toye
, 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 JR 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:
Carlos Somoano
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:
Cam Lindley
, Chicago Fire academy product leads Carolina with 13 assists.
Alan Winn
, Leads Tar Heels with 11 goals in 16 games.
Zach Wright
, Had goal and assist in quarterfinals to give him 4 goals and 11 assists.

Starting XI, last time out:
1 James Pyle JR 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 SO 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)
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