Duke ranked top school for men’s soccer in study

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Duke University came in ranked No. 1 in a top 10 list of Division 1 schools for men’s soccer by College Factual in a study published today on USAToday.com.

The rankings were determined by athletic success, school quality and the academic success of athletes. The rankings were coincidentally published the same day Duke alumnus Mike Grella was announced as a new signing for the New York Red Bulls.

Grella, who has played in England and Denmark since finishing his career at Duke in 2009, joins fellow Duke alumnus and recent homegrown signing Sean Davis on the Red Bulls roster. Philadelphia Union forward Andrew Wenger, New England defender Darrius Barnes and Cole Grossman, who plays for Stabæk in Norway, are also former Duke players playing in top flight leagues.

Former player and current head coach John Kerr was a member of a team that won the national championship in 1986. The Blue Devils have made it to the College Cup final three times (1982 and 1995 were the other years), the College Cup five times and the NCAA tournament 25 times.

Notre Dame, which won its first College Cup in 2013, came in second in the rankings, followed by Wake Forest, the University of Denver, Loyola Marymount, Northwestern, California, Georgetown, UConn and Washington. Wake Forest and UConn, which has won the College Cup twice, are the only other previous national champions on the list.

Neither Maryland (No. 17) or UC Santa Barbara (No. 25), which boast arguably the best stadium environments for college soccer in the nation, cracked the top 10.

St. Louis, which has the most division 1 championships with 10, was ranked No. 35. Indiana, which is second in titles with eight, checked in at No. 74 and 2014 national champions Virginia, seven-time winners, are 29th.

You can see all the rankings and the rationale on USA Today.

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