Upon reaching the midpoint of the men’s Division I season, TopDrawerSoccer unveils the first Freshman Top 100 list of the campaign. The staff at TopDrawerSoccer considered each player’s individual success as well as contributions to the success of each program in the ranking of the debut list for the 2016 season.
Indiana-native and U.S. Youth National Team midfielder Cameron Lindley tops the list of the TDS Top 100 Freshman after eight weeks of his first season. Lindley has been a key piece of the North Carolina's success this season. The Chicago Fire Academy alum has six assists in 946 minutes of play.
Tommy McCabe decided to enroll early in South Bend in January. The move has paid off for both McCabe and the Irish. The former U.S. U17 MNT midfielder is having an outstanding season with Notre Dame. McCabe has played 1109 minutes of a possible 1125 minutes this season for the top ranked Irish. McCabe is No. 2 on the TDS Top 100 Freshman list.
Mauricio Pineda, Lindley’s teammate in Chapel Hill, checks in at No. 3. Pineda has four goals in 12 appearances this season. The talented defender has helped boost the North Carolina side in his debut season.
Clemson midfielder Malick Mbaye checks in at No. 4. Mbaye missed the first few games of the season, but he has been terrific since then. The former Montverde man looks to be fitting in nicely in the ACC this season.
Akron defender Nicholas Hinds rounds out the top five. Hinds has one assist in 11 appearances this season for the Zips.
Check out this season’s debut TopDrawerSoccer Freshman Top 100.