So it is time to finally get it on today in Cary, North Carolina.
I am down here in North Carolina (beats being in New York) to call the Mens NCAA College Cup with Eric Wynalda and Quint Kessenich .
It was amazing yesterday to watch the excitement around these players and their coaches as they went through light training, media requests and finally a banquet last night. This final four has amazing stories and will start off with an ACC match-up between favorites Wake Forest and Virginia Tech at 4pm CST and then at 6:30 cst UMASS and Ohio State will play in the second sem-final on ESPNU.
Three out of the four teams are making their first ever appearance in the final four. Wake Forest was there last year and most that you talk to will tell you they feel it is their year but we all know what that means over a short tournament.
Here are a few players to keep an eye on :
Wake Forest- GK Brian Edwards, defender Julian Valentin, forward Cody Arnoux
Virginia Tech- Patrick Nyarko forward, Marcus Aigner gk, and 25 year old midfielder George Zehender
UMASS- gk Zack Simmons, forward Bryan Hogan
Ohio State- defender Eric Brunner, forward Xavier Balc and wide midfielder Roger Espinosa
A number of these players are being looked at by MLS coaches and staff and some of the above have been invited to the MLS combine. College soccer remains a big part of the soccer landscape in the United States.
Your thoughts on the NCAA mens college cup?