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Dec 04, 2019

Robbie Robinson: The Nation’s Best Player

Head Coach Mike Noonan on Robinson

“Robbie cares so much about Clemson and our team doing well. He loves to play soccer. If he could play soccer 24/7, he would. His joy around playing the game is what has propelled him to doing so well this year.”

The Case

Robbie Robinson has solidified his spot as the best offensive force in the country. His skill on the ball and top-end speed are matched by few others in the country. Robinson has the ability to change a match by his mere presence on the field and has done so many times this season.

The junior from Camden, S.C., is in the midst of one of the most well-rounded seasons that a Clemson men’s soccer player has ever produced. The production throughout the season has been consistent and prolific, with Robinson contributing two or more points in 12 of his 18 matches. Entering the Tigers’ NCAA quarterfinal match, Robinson either outright leads, or is in a tie for first, in four individual offensive categories. That fact is something that nobody else can claim.

All of this also comes against the best competition in the country, with Robinson scoring seven goals and contributing four assists in nine matches against ACC opponents this season.

For Robinson’s exemplary efforts he was named the ACC’s Offensive Player of the Year and earned All-ACC First Team honors. The end of season awards comes after earning ACC Offensive Player of the Week honors in consecutive weeks in October. Robinson has shared the attacking force with Kimarni Smith and Grayson Barber, with the three players contributing to log 104 points. The 2019 Clemson team has accumulated 211 points this season while allowing less than a goal a game.

Within the program’s record books, Robinson is tied for 6th all-time in Clemson history for assists in a match, contributing three in the team’s contest against Syracuse. Robinson’s 18 goals and 45 points are the most by a player in either category since 2002. He is also one of six players in the past 20 years to contribute nine or more assists. Robinson is also the first Clemson player since 1998 to record multiple hat-tricks in the same season.

Robinson currently sits within the top 10 of nine individual categories in the NCAA. Out of those nine categories, Robinson leads eight of them within the ACC and is second in total assists, with teammate Tanner Dieterich leading the category.

The Evidence

The Facts

The Milestones