2020-21 Men’s DI Preseason Best XI Teams

2020-21 Men’s DI Preseason Best XI Teams
by TopDrawerSoccer
February 4, 2021

The spring portion of the men’s Division I season began this week, and as of publication, most major conferences start the path towards a spring championship.

TopDrawerSoccer unveils its Preseason Best XI teams, as is tradition, but obviously with a slightly different meaning with the ACC and Sun Belt teams competing in the fall of 2020.

Fall performances are factored in for the players listed in the teams below, and as of publication, all are expected to compete in the spring season. That could change in the wake of the 2021 MLS Draft and the uncertainty hovering over the league’s labor situation. Players from conferences not slated to play are not included.

Georgetown dominates, as the 2019 champions return the bulk of a stellar senior class at this point. Players could still depart, but the Hoyas have five players across the Preseason Best XI squads. The full teams for the 2021 spring season are listed below.

TopDrawerSoccer.com Men’s DI Preseason Best XI Teams

First Team

F: Ousseni Bouda (Stanford), Kimarni Smith (Clemson), Josh Dolling (Missouri State)

M: Gabriel Costa (SMU), Sofiane Djeffal (Oregon State), Jacob Montes (Georgetown), Valentin Noel (Pittsburgh)

D: Rio Hope-Gund (Georgetown), Spencer Glass (Indiana), Yanis Leerman (UCF)

GK: Andrew Thomas (Stanford)

Second Team

F: Josh Luchini (Lehigh), Derek Dodson (Georgetown), Liam Butts (Penn State)

M: Sebastian Schacht (St. Mary's (CA)), Taylor Davila (California), Veljko Petkovic (Pittsburgh), Noel Caliskan (Loyola Marymount)

D: Kyle Hiebert (Missouri State), Gerardo Lopez (Loyola Marymount), Nico Benalcazar (Wake Forest)

GK: Giannis Nikopolidis (Georgetown)

Third Team

F: Milo Yosef (Marshall), Jack Lynn (Notre Dame), Wilmer Cabrera Jr. (Butler)

M: Yoni Sorokin (UCF), Kristofer Strickler (Virginia Tech), Sean Zawadzki (Georgetown), Paulo Lima (Providence)

D: Carlo Ritaccio (Akron), Thomas Judge (James Madison), Brandon Hackenberg (Penn State)

GK: Tor Saunders (Coastal Carolina)

Freshman Best XI

F: DeAndre Kerr (Syracuse), Jacen Russell-Rowe (Maryland), Patrick Weah (Saint Louis)

M: Filip Mirkovic (Pittsburgh), Brandon Cambridge (Portland), Peter Stroud (Duke), Andre Ochoa (San Diego State)

D: Garrison Tubbs (Wake Forest), Finn McRobb (High Point), Alex Henderson (Georgia State)

GK: Niclas Wild (UNC Greensboro)

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