MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List Released
The watch list for the award giving annually to the most outstanding college soccer player was released on Wednesday and it includes a 2013 finalist, two 2013 semifinalists, the younger brother of a USMNT player and a player who participated in the MLS Homegrown game earlier this week.
UCLA senior midfielder Leo Stolz, a 2013 finalist from Munich, Germany who spurned a Generation adidas offer to return to the Bruins for his final year, will be the favorite for the trophy won by New England Revolution forward Patrick Mullins in 2013 and 2012 when he was at Maryland.
Stolz is joined on the watch list by 2013 semifinalists Sagi Lev-Ari of Cal State Northridge and Laurie Bell of Milwaukee. Notre Dame midfielder Nick Besler, the younger brother of Sporting Kansas City defender Matt Besler, and Cristian Roldan, a Washington sophomore who played for the Portland Timbers U-23 squad in Monday’s MLS Homegrown game are also on the list of 32 players.
Washington goalkeeper Spencer Richey, who redshirted after a season ending injury early last season, joins Rodan on the list of 32 players, which includes three other sets of teammates: Brandon Allen and Joshua Yaro of Georgetown; Cyle Larin and Adria Beso at Connecticut; and Saint Louis Billikens Anthony Manning and Robert Kristo.
The Big East and Pac 12 lead the way with four each on the list while the ACC, American Athletic and Atlantic 10 each have three players. Players hail from nine different countries (U.S., Canada, Spain, Germany, Israel, Ghana, Gambia, Jamaica and England) and 13 different states (California, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Kansas, Georgia, South Carolina, Missouri, Texas, Washington, Oklahoma and Nevada). Three players hail from St. Louis, home of the Missouri Athletic Club, which has given the award annually since 1986. There are seven sophomores, six juniors and 19 seniors.
Coaches will narrow the list down to 15 near the end of the regular season and three semifinalists will be selected with the winner announced at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis in January. Fans will also be given an opportunity to participate in the process on the Hermann Trophy website.
|Brandon Allen||Jr.||F||Georgetown||Old Bridge, N.J.|
|Laurie Bell||Sr.||M||Milwaukee||Poynton, England|
|Nick Besler||Sr.||M||Notre Dame||Overland Park, Kan.|
|Adria Beso||Sr.||M||Connecticut||Lleida, Spain|
|Eric Bird||Sr.||M||Virginia||Virginia Beach, Va.|
|Winston Boldt||Sr.||GK||Army||St. Louis, Mo.|
|Kevin Correa||Jr.||F||St. Francis (N.Y.)||Flushing, N.Y.|
|Connor Davis||Jr.||M||Wofford||Roswell, Ga.|
|Guillermo Delgado||So.||F||Delaware||Tres Cantos, Spain|
|Ricky Garbanzo||Sr.||F||Coastal Carolina||Rock Hill, S.C.|
|Joseph Greenspan||Sr.||D||Navy||Westfield, N.J.|
|Faik Hajderovic||Jr.||M||Evansville||St. Louis, Mo.|
|Ismaila Jome||So.||M||UC Santa Barbara||Banjul, Gambia|
|Steffen Kraus||So.||GK||George Mason||Stuttgart, Germany|
|Robert Kristo||Sr.||F||Saint Louis||St. Louis, Mo.|
|Cyle Larin||So.||F||Connecticut||Brampton, Ontario|
|Sagi Lev-Ari||Sr.||F||Cal State Northridge||Haifa, Israel|
|Anthony Manning||Sr.||D||Saint Louis||Mesquite, Tex.|
|Dan Metzger||Sr.||M||Maryland||Staten Island, N.Y.|
|Tyler Miller||Sr.||GK||Northwestern||Woodbury, N.J.|
|Jordan Morris||Sr.||GK||Stanford||Mercer Island, Wash.|
|Craig Nitti||Sr.||D||Loyola Marymount||Calabasa, Calif.|
|C. Nortey||Jr.||F||Marquette||Accra, Ghana|
|Boyd Okwuonu||Sr.||D||North Carolina||Edmond, Okla.|
|Tim Parker||Sr.||D||St. John's||Hicksville, N.Y.|
|Matt Polster||Sr.||D||SIU Edwardsville||Las Vegas, N.V.|
|Spencer Richey||Sr.||GK||Washington||Seattle, Wash.|
|Cristian Roldan||So.||M||Washington||Pico Rivera, Calif.|
|Leo Stolz||Sr.||M||UCLA||Munich, Germany|
|Romario Williams||Jr.||F||Central Florida||Portmore, Jamaica|
|Joshua Yaro||So.||D||Georgetown||Carpinteria, Calif.|