Oct. 7, 2008
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The NCAA Men’s College Cup will celebrate its 50th anniversary this fall and the NCAA has announced the 32 student-athletes and six coaches that will make up the voting ballot, which will be hosted on NCAA.com. Fans will have the chance to select the 11 best student-athletes and one coach throughout the last 50 years of the championship.
Voting for the NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer 50th Anniversary team begins Monday, October 6 and will run until noon on Wednesday, October 15. Fans will only be able to submit one vote.
Click here to vote.
The student-athlete nominees are: Jeff Agoos, Virginia; Amr Aly, Columbia; Armando Betancourt, Indiana; Paul Caligiuri, UCLA; Richard Chinapoo, Long Island; Dan Counce, Saint Louis; Angelo DiBernardo, Indiana; Mike Fisher, Virginia; Brad Friedel, UCLA; Chris Gbandi, Connecticut; John Harkes, Virginia; Thomas Kain, Duke; John Kerr, Duke; Michael King, Fairleigh Dickinson; Dema Kovalenko, Indiana; Jason Kreis, Duke; Alexi Lalas, Rutgers; Brian Maisonneuve, Indiana; Pat McBride, Saint Louis; Tony Meola, Virginia; Joe Morrone, Connecticut; Bruce Murray, Clemson; Glenn Mynernick, Hartwick; Pat Noonan, Indiana; Barry Nix, Columbia; Fred Pereira, Brown; Farrukh Quraishi, SUNY Oneonta; Claudio Reyna, Virginia; Ken Snow, Indiana; Jim Stamatis, Penn State; Al Trost, Saint Louis; and Roy Wegerle, South Florida.
Murray won the Hermann Trophy as the top men’s soccer player in the country in 1987. He led Clemson to two NCAA Championships in 1984 and 1987. He was a two-time All-American. Murray had the winning goal in three NCAA Tournament games for the Tigers in 1987 on the way to the National Championship.
He was named first team All-ACC in 1985 and 1987. He was also the first Clemson player in history in the 40-40 club (over 40 goals and 40 assists in a career). He is sixth in school history in total points with 142 and seventh in total goals with 48. Murray is second in school history with 46 career assists.
In the 84 games he played during his career, Murray had either a goal or an assist in 56 games. He played for the U.S. National Team and was the United State’s all-time leading scorer when he retired from soccer. He is also a member of the ACC 50-year Anniversary Team and was named one of the top 50 male athletes in ACC history in 2003, the 50th year of the ACC.
The coach nominees are: Bruce Arena, Virginia; Robert Guelker, Saint Louis/SIUE; Harry Keough, Saint Louis; Steve Negoesco, San Francisco; Sigi Schmid, UCLA; Jerry Yeagley, Indiana.
Members selected to the anniversary team will be honored at the 2008 NCAA Men’s College Cup in Frisco, Texas at Pizza Hut Park on December 12-14.
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