NSCAA releases Hermann watch list

NSCAA releases Hermann watch list

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NSCAA releases Hermann watch list


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The college soccer season is around the corner and the NSCAA has released its Hermann Trophy watch list to provide a guide of players to keep an eye on during the upcoming campaign.

The list managed to leave off Louisville striker Colin Rolfe — a Hermann Trophy finalist last season — and Notre Dame and United States Under-20 midfielder Dillon Powers — a consensus top prospect and Generation adidas candidate — while including current New York Red Bulls (and therefore no longer in college) defender Sacir Hot.

A couple of top candidates to win the Hermann Trophy who actually made the list include UCLA and U.S. U-20 midfielder Kelyn Rowe (pictured above) and Duke's versatile defender Andrew Wenger.

Considering the omission of Rolfe and Powers and inclusion of Hot, the official watch list should be taken with a grain of salt, but it's still a metric to use in order to identify some of the top collegiate players in the country.

Here is the NSCAA's 2011 Hermann Trophy watch list:


R.J. Allen, D, Monmouth

Carlos Alvarez, M, Connecticut

Gideon Asante, M, Old Dominion

James Belshaw, GK, Duke

Austin Berry, D, Louisville

Thomas Brandt, D, Penn

Andrew Bulls, M, UMBC

Brendan Burgdorf, F, Bucknell

Michael Bustamante, M, Boston University

Cody Calafiore, M, Temple

Tony Cascio, F, Connecticut

Juan Castillo, F, SMU

Marcello Castro, D, Sacred Heart

Justin Chavez, D, Tulsa

Warren Creavalle, M, Central Florida

Roger Downes, D, Loyola Marymount

Ethan Finlay, F, Creighton

Shaun Foster, D, Hofstra

Raymon Gaddis, D, West Virginia

Sam Garza, F, UCSB

Bryan Gaul, F, Bradley

Max Hamilton, M, Monmouth

Antoine Hoppenot, F, Princeton

Sacir Hot, D, Boston College (signed by New York Red Bulls on January 31; ineligible)

Arthur Ivo, M, SMU

Matt Lampson, GK, Ohio State

Enzo Martinez, M, North Carolina

Ryan Meara, GK, Fordham

Karo Okiomah, F, High Point

Tyler Polak, D, Creighton

Josey Portillo, M, Florida Gulf Coast

Tim Richardson, M, Fordham

Charles Rodriguez, D, Charlotte

Kelyn Rowe, M, UCLA

Kevin Strunk, D, Lehigh

Chris Thomas, F, Elon

Casey Townsend, F, Maryland

Anthony Vasquez, D, Monmouth

Patrick Wallen, F, San Diego

Andrew Wenger, D, Duke

Chris Wheeler, F, Mount St. Mary's

Gyasi Zardes, F, Cal St. Bakersfield


Which players are you expecting to stand out this season? Who do you see winning the Hermann Trophy? Anybody else not on the list that you think will turn some heads this season?

Share your thoughts below.

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