2 National Championships • 8 NCAA College Cups • 42 All-Americans • 14 ACC Championships
Clemson University is home to one of the most storied programs in all of college soccer. The program, led by Head Coach Mike Noonan, has won two national championships, made eight NCAA college cup appearances, accumulated 54 NCAA tournament wins and has appeared in the NCAA 32 times. The program has played elite soccer for 60 seasons, with the first seven years coming between 1934 and 1939. Since 1967, Clemson has fielded a team each season.
Early on in each season, Clemson and South Carolina square off against one another to kick-start the Palmetto Series between the two schools. The match always produces high-quality performances out of each side and attracts one of the best crowds in the country for any match. The Tigers currently hold a 30-17-1 advantage in the series over the Gamecocks.
Known throughout the country as “Clemson United,” the Tigers have become synonymous with success and one of the greatest home-field advantages in college soccer, as the program plays all home matches at Historic Riggs Field.
Clemson has won 486 home games during its 60-year history. The 2019 team was perfect at Historic Riggs Field, going 13-0-2 and scoring 48 goals.
During the 2019 season, Clemson won the ACC regular-season title after finishing league play with a 6-1-1 record. The title was the fifteenth in program history and was earned after the team outscored its opponents by a 26-11 margin. The team delivered an emphatic victory to capture the title, defeating NC State in Raleigh, N.C. by a final score of 3-0.
After a dominant ACC regular season, Clemson went into the postseason with momentum and poise. The Tigers rode a series of excellent team performances all the way to the finals of the ACC tournament where they were engaged in a historic matchup, as they faced off against Virginia. Clemson and Virginia were ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the country, respectively, when they met for the final.
Each member of Clemson United has a unique story, and the years each player spends as a part of the program equip them with a skill set which they can carry on with them after their time on the field is over to make a positive impact in the world.
Robbie Robinson experienced one of the greatest seasons in Clemson history during the 2019 campaign. The junior from Camden, S.C. was tied atop the country with his 18 goals scored, contributed nine assists and accumulated a nation-leading 45 points during 19 games of action. Robinson’s excellent production earned him the honor of being named the winner of the 2019 MAC Hermann Trophy, college soccer’s most prestigious honor.
On Jan. 9th, 2020, Robinson made history by becoming the first player in Clemson men’s soccer history, and just the second athlete in Clemson Athletics history, to be selected No. 1 in their respective sport’s professional draft. Robinson, who was selected by Inter Miami CF, was the first of three Tigers to be selected in the opening two rounds of the 2020 MLS SuperDraft, as Tanner Dieterich and Malick Mbaye were chosen by Nashville SC and Toronto FC, respectively.
Throughout the season, Clemson accumulated two semifinalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy, four All-Americans, five All-South region honorees, seven All-ACC honors, two ACC All-Freshman honors and ACC Offensive player, Defensive player, Freshman and Coach of the Year.
The Clemson men’s soccer family is one that extends across generations, as those who were once members of Clemson United remain a part of the team for life. Each year, the team hosts its annual Alumni Golf Gathering which brings together current team members and alumni for a day full of banter and fun!