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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 Will Parchman

Anson Dorrance has won 21 national championships at North Carolina. That includes last year. And if you’re not picking UNC as frontrunners again this year, you are probably operating without a head. So you might want to get that checked out. By Crystal Dunn. M.D.

Anyway, this is a behind-the-scenes look at the Tar Heels as they go for their title defense this year. A female version of Borussia Dortmund? You be the judge.

 

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Written by Will Parchman

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We here at the 91st Minute are big on jerseys. Really big. Like, XXXXXL big. Critiquing U13 club jerseys during Wednesday evening kickabouts? Not below us. Or even close.

Which is why it’s time to take a peek at my pick for the top three soccer jerseys in NCAA Division I soccer on both sides. The criteria here is loose and hits every point on the continuum. Whether that’s a slavish dedication to keeping beautiful tradition alive (UCLA) or a willingness to march into newer horizons and push the boundaries of what’s couth (Maryland). It’s all good so long as your jerseys are.

So let’s take a look under the DriFit curtain. Here are my top three for men’s and women’s as the season ticks over to 2013.

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This is how the No. 2 team in the country enters the ACC Tournament: in style.

Maryland gave a nod to a great Dodge campaign with this recent promo and we likey – a lot.

Start with a head coach; win two national titles; celebrate 20 years, bring in a crew of 500 … thousand …

This “No Church in the Wild” beat is still insane, by the way, and could make anyone sound amazing. Anyone? Well, almost ANYONE.

The original Dodge commercial that killed the game is after the jump.

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Written by Jahmal Corner

After a week off, 5v5 is back in business. This week our five new panelists are debating the changes to college conferences across the country.

Tweet us your comments or questions @JC_TDS. With that said, let’s get it on!

 

Which best describes your feeling about college programs shifting to new conferences: Ruins conference history and rivalries; adds excitement to the game; it is what it is?

Patrick Murray, White and Blue Review: I think, in general, the realignment is a good thing for the game. The good conferences get even better, and that adds excitement to the game. Non-conference schedules in college soccer offer a lot of flexibility, too, so that rivalries can still be preserved if both teams are committed to them. I just read an article about the head coach of VCU – they’re trying to keep things going with in-state rivals like William & Mary and James Madison, but by moving to the Atlantic 10 they also gain a cross-town derby with Richmond. Everyone wins.

Scott French, ESPN: My feeling on conference realignment is that it is what it is. I don’t like it particularly, but it’s all about the big-money sports, so soccer just falls in line like every other “minor” sport. I’m rather sick of BCS schools and big-money programs and tend to follow only local schools (been a UCLA fan since growing up watching Wooden basketball), my alma mater (go Cal State Fullerton!) and rooting for small-conference programs over the big schools at every opportunity.

Robert Ziegler, Managing Editor of TopDrawerSoccer.com: It is what it is: If university presidents and athletic directors care less about their traditions than they do where the next football buck comes from, why should I? Most rivalries tend to be based on relative recent success of teams anyway, so I don’t doubt some new exciting matchups will materialize, right about the time when the conferences start another round of realignment for the sake of football TV money.

Joel Welser, College Sports Madness: I generally believe that it is what it is, but the rash of major conference movement does indeed ruin rivalries. There is certainly a place for conference realignment. It has happened a lot in the past, but it tends to be on a smaller scale and not as blatantly football-centric. The BCS has made its mark and every other sport has to follow. It’s hard to blame any school for doing what it has to do.

Charlie Nobile, United States Football Club: Adds excitement to the game. I think it creates more competition and keeps the game fresh and interesting.

 

Which program shift will have the most dramatic impact on the upcoming season?

Murray: Southern Methodist and Central Florida’s move to the Big East brings that whole conference up. They’re both programs on the rise, stacked for the next few seasons, and are coming off really close second-round NCAA losses last season. The C-USA was no slouch, but the Big East gauntlet is a whole new animal that these two schools will have to face. If they do well, and indications are that they can, they’ll have to knock off some big names to do it – Connecticut, Louisville, Notre Dame, and others —and that will alter the national landscape in a pretty huge way.

Ziegler: Texas A&M and Missouri coming into the SEC is a major change on the women’s side, as is West Virginia and TCU now joining the Big 12. West Virginia joining Akron in the MAC for men will make that competition more interesting.

Welser: I am intrigued by West Virginia heading to the MAC. It has been Akron and everybody else as of late, but the addition of the Mountaineers could really change that. The Zips have helped propel the rest of the MAC into the spotlight, but WVU could help the conference take the next step. For this season the MAC could conceivably have three teams in the top 25 at season’s beginning and season’s end.

Nobile: Cal State Bakersfield’s move to the Pac-12 will be interesting. They play a great style of soccer and get some very talented recruits. I’m interested in seeing how they stack up in the Pac-12.

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Written by Jahmal Corner

One of the top commercials during March Madness, put out by the NCAA, has a catch phrase I’m sure you’ve heard a couple (thousand) times: “There are more than 400,000 NCAA athletes, and almost all of them will go pro in something other than sports.”

Having spent the last couple of months working on a college recruiting guide for TopDrawerSoccer.com which is due out soon, I’ve revised the quote to the following: “There are more than 200,000 youth soccer players in the U.S, and almost all of them will go pro in something other than soccer.”

Keeping this in mind, I came across a few youth soccer stars who ended up going pro as top rated chefs – one, at least in part because of soccer. Note to self:  keep reminding the kids that soccer is fun, but it’s not everything.

Fabio Viviani: This Top Chef contestant and fan favorite is probably best known to all for his Domino’s Artisan pizza commercials, but apparently he was a soccer fanatic when he was a kid. His mom took his soccer balls away from him so he wouldn’t break things in the house (sound familiar?) and he became an expert at making balls from found objects.

Gordon Ramsay: The ever-controversial and never-at-a-loss-for-words chef, once “played” for Glasgow Rovers – or, so he says – until a knee injury ended his career. The Rangers claim that he was on trial there as a teenager, but never actually made the first team. I wonder if his volatile temper had anything to do with his fate. Too many red cards, perhaps?

See the rest of the list after the jump:

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MAC Hermann Trophy Finalists

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Hermann Trophy finalists

via NSCAA

The two-time Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year, a first-team All-ACC selection and College Cup participant and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year comprise the three finalists for the 2011 Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy, the highest individual honor in intercollegiate soccer.

It’s no surprise that Ethan Finlay from Creighton (left), Andrew Wenger from Duke (center), and Billy Schuler from North Carolina (right) have all been named finalists for College Soccer’s top award as each player has performed at a dominant level all season long.

Wenger was the headline of Duke’s offense this year with a league-best 17 goals, tied for the most in Duke single-season history. Along with his impressive year of two hat tricks and five multiple-goal games, he was also recently called up to play for the U.S. Under-23 National Team in training camp.

Finlay and Schuler have both lead their respective teams to the College Cup and are viewed as locks for Top 10 picks should they choose to enter the 2012 MLS Draft.

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It appears the Duke Women’s Soccer team is channeling their inner Tim Tebow in preparation for today’s match against Wake Forest. Whether they receive Tebow’s magical powers or not, this is going to be an incredible match-up with two of the top two recruiting programs in the country on display.

You can catch the action live on ESPN3 at 7:30 ET.

 

Women’s National Top 100

Duke: Mollie Pathman #11, Laura Weinberg #43, Kaitlyn Kerr #53, Natasha Anasi #63, Tara Campbell #73

Wake Forest: Katie Stengel #6, Rachel Nuzzolese #55

Women’s Freshmen Top 100

Duke: Kelly Cobb #8

Wake Forest: Riley Ridgik #42, Kim Marshall #48

 

 

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Upon further review, it seems many people (including the selection committee) have discounted how good New Mexico really is. Above is a video of their win against Duke last weekend to advance for a matchup with the University of South Florida. The Lobos played well, and with the home fans supporting them like crazy, it was only a matter of time before the New Mexico would overtake the Dukies. Some say that Duke lost, because they were a man down and it was a bad call, but that’s part of the game, deal with it. The fact is New Mexico isn’t getting the respect they should; they’re the Rodney Dangerfield of College Soccer.

I am officially going on the record, New Mexico will make it to the Final 4.Their next match against the South Florida Bulls is not at home in Albuquerque, but I’m going to go on a hunch that many of the same fans who came out to cheer on their team against the Blue Devils will be huddled around a TV rooting on their Lobos, plus a few extra people jumping on the bandwagon. To bad they won’t be at home, the fans made an exciting atmosphere for the team. One thing to work on for next season though, can we get the Lobos a pitch that isn’t a dirt hole? Ridiculous!

After that a tough match-up will await them, with either Creighton or UCSB. However, with a week to prepare I think Coach Fishbein will have his team ready. According to our rankings, the Lobos have been ranked #1 the last few weeks of this season, and I think it’s time they receive some attention!

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It’s tournament time, with so much men and women’s college soccer action happening right now. I decided to compile a few videos from different schools, which show a few highlights and interviews with the coaches and players. Above is the UCLA Men taking care of Delaware. Below is Stanford’s Lindsey Taylor and Camille Levin discussing the Cardinals 2-0 victory over Boston College.

The video below is of the 15th seeded UCSB Gauchos defeating Providence, 3-2, on a soggy Sunday night at Harder Stadium. Luis Silva scored his 17th goal of the year early in the game that settled the team down for the rest of the match:

Finally, the Wake Forest Women’s Soccer team was able to get past Penn State, and move onto their Elite Eight matchup with Central Florida. The girls, and their coach answered a few questions following their match:

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