Written by Will Parchman

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And then there were four.

The men’s College Cup is set to kick off Friday with a battery of games between Akron-Stanford and Syracuse-Clemson. What if we took all four rosters, smashed them together and conjured up a Best XI from the beautiful wreckage. I think it’d turn out nicely.

In fact, it turned out so nicely that I’m going to share it with you all. This is my first choice XI from the players left in the field.

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Written by Will Parchman

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We’re taking a week off from our College Goal of the Week vote to get ready for our epic TDS Goal of the Year contest next week. That’s good news for you, but it also left us with a golazo-sized hole in our soccer hearts this week.

Adam Najem wanted that to not be a thing, so he did this, and man are we thanking him for it.

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Written by Will Parchman

Notre Dame came back from a 1-0 deficit to win the NCAA championship 2-1 over Maryland in Philly on Sunday night. Check out a couple highlights here, including the celebration following the program’s first national title.

 

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Written by The 91st

Sunday’s NCAA national championship will be an all-ACC affair, after Notre Dame topped New Mexico 2-0 and the Maryland Terrapins defeated rivals Virginia 2-1 on Friday night at PPL Park.

Both games had entertaining moments. See for yourself with the highlights of the Notre Dame-Mexico up top, and Maryland and UVA after the jump.

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Written by The 91st

The NCAA must be busy. They announced future sites of ALL national championships from 2014-2018 on Wednesday afternoon.

That includes the Division I-III men’s and women’s soccer titles. Check out the video and start making travel plans – or set a goal for where you want to be a year or two from now.

The music is the best part.

 

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Written by The 91st

The Maryland men put together quite the season, reaching the College Cup and creating highlights along the way. Above are the 12 top goals from their season, and is a serious collection of great Terrapins moments.

 

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Taylor Kemp has been a staple of Maryland’s defense ever since he arrived in 2009. But after this weekend’s College Cup, it was all over.  The All-ACC standout left behind an indelible mark on the program not to mention this heartfelt message detailing what Maryland has meant to him. Take it away, Taylor:

It’s been an incredible three-and-a-half years where I formed relationships that will stick with me for a lifetime. I was fortunate enough to be a part of several teams throughout my time here at Maryland, but for many reasons, this past season’s team will forever reverberate through my memories. Maybe it’s because this was my senior year, maybe it’s because we worked so desperately hard for success, or maybe it’s because this really was as rare and special as it felt. All I know is how thankful I am for every day I had with this team.

I still can’t believe it’s all actually coming to an end, but I know that I am incredibly blessed for the experiences and growth I’ve had here. I am a better person now than when I arrived on campus and that is because of the people who surrounded me every day – my brothers. I will miss this place in so many ways, and while I am excited to move into a new phase of my life, I will never fully leave Maryland. If I’ve learned anything about Maryland pride, it’s that it stays with you forever. I will always be a Maryland Terrapin and couldn’t be prouder.

And I know that my boys I’m leaving behind are even hungrier now than this year and will stop at nothing until we have another National Championship up on our wall!

So, pending this final week, farewell Maryland, I hope that I have in some way given back a fraction of what you’ve given me.

 

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Written by Dill Pickle

Just so you know, Indiana’s national title triumph on Sunday was just the beginning … the beginning of history repeating itself. Go ahead and put the Hoosiers down for another College Cup in 2013.

I know what you’re thinking: but they were only a No. 16 seed! Lightning doesn’t strike twice! How am I supposed to trust the prediction of a guy named Dill Pickle!

All valid points. But so are these:

 

1. History. Of the seven previous national titles won by the Hoosiers, six of them were part of back-to-back efforts. Indiana turned the trick in 2003-04, 1998-1999 and 1982-83. Only in 1988 did they produce a one-and-done title effort. And how can we trust anything that happened in 1988? People were listening TO THIS back then. Yup. Do-over.

 

2. Family Tree. Lest we forget whose father was leading all those Hoosier championships of old – coach Todd Yeagley’s father, Jerry. Now that he’s added to the family legacy he’ll be liberated and ready to enjoy a run of his own. There’s just too much precedent for this not to happen.

See the final point after the jump

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Written by Dill Pickle

So you’re going to an exclusive party that happens just once every four years. Everyone’s there: P. Diddy, President Obama, Honey Boo Boo … do you play it straight with a black suit and black tie or do you swing for the fences ( think chinchilla tuxedo, BOOM!)?

Maryland is swinging BEYOND the fences by breaking out the above new Under Armour cleats for this weekend’s College Cup. Screw the black tie! The Terrapins brought out the stunna cleats, a bold statement that says: this is MY party and I’ll shine if I want to … Honey Boo Boo.

I don’t even know if I like these; to be honest, they dilated my eyes at first glance. But I love the power play by Maryland. I love that they had the guts to walk into the party with these, stealing the show.

Your move, Georgetown.

 

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Written by The 91st

The Men’s College Cup is here. We’ve chatted with one player from each team in order to break down the championship matchups. Let’s do it.

ALSO: See 5 facts about College Cup site Hoover, Alabama

 

Describe the four remaining programs using one word?

 

A.J. Corrado of Indiana says: Creighton: Style; Georgetown: Strength; Maryland: Perennial (contenders); Us: Confident

Jose Gomez of Creighton says: Georgetown: Compact (in the midfield); Maryland: Offensive; Indiana: Physical; Us: Fundamental

Andy Riemer of Georgetown says: Creighton: Consistent; Indiana: Tradition; Maryland: Dangerous

Patrick Mullins of Maryland says: Creighton: Possession-oriented; Georgetown: Hard-working; Indiana: Teamwork; Us: Aggressive.

 

What opposing player will be the X-factor for your Friday opponent?


Corrado on Creighton: Jose Gomez is their X-factor, to me. He gives them time and space and can make things happen. He’s a huge part of how their team works.

Gomez on Indiana: Eriq Zavaleta. I watched them against North Carolina (in the Elite Eight) and their team didn’t have many chances but he just made it happen. He’s that kind of player.

Riemer on Maryland: John Stertzer. I played with him at Potomac Academy and he’s one of their key players. He has a really great understanding of the game and is a play-maker.

Mullins on Georgetown: I wouldn’t single out one player, I think they play really attractive soccer and have good teamwork. They have guys that can hurt  you in different ways.

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