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Hermann Trophy winner Robinson leads MLS SuperDraft picks

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Clemson forward Robbie Robinson capped off a strong season by becoming the first draft pick for Inter Miami in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft on Thursday.

The 6-foot-2 Robinson scored 18 times with nine assists as a junior as Clemson went 18-2-2 before falling to Stanford in the NCAA quarterfinals. The Tigers had three players selected on Thursday.

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College players from 13 countries found professional homes by the end of the draft’s first two rounds.

Twenty-nine Americans were selected, with Canada and England boasting four each to finish joint-second. Senegal, Germany, Denmark, France, and Spain had two players selected, with Ireland, New Zealand, Nigeria, Brazil and Mexico each placing one on the board.

Round 1
1. Inter Miami – Robbie Robinson, Clemson
2. Nashville – Jack Maher, Indiana
3. Inter Miami – Dylan Nealis, Georgetown
4. Vancouver – Ryan Raposo, Syracuse
5. Orlando City – Daryl Dike, Virginia
6. New England – Henry Kessler, Virginia
7. Columbus – Miguel Berry, San Diego
8. Houston – Garrett McLaughlin, Southern Methodist
9. Montreal – Jeremy Kelly, North Carolina (traded to Montreal)
10. New York Red Bulls – Patrick Seagrist, Marquette
11. Nashville – Alistair Johnston, Wake Forest
12. San Jose – Tanner Bearson, Stanford
13. Nashville – Elliot Panicco, Charlotte
14. FC Dallas – Nkosi Burgess, Seattle
15. New York Red Bulls – Cherif Dieye, Louisville
16. Portland – Aaron Molloy, Penn State
17. FC Fallas – Cal Jennings, Central Florida
18. Minnesota – Noah Billingsley, UC Santa Barbara
19. Toronto FC – Nyall Higgins, Syracuse
20. Real Salt Lake – Dayonn Harris, UConn
21. DC United – Simon Lefebvre, Temple
22. NYCFC – Jesus Perez, UIC
23. Atlanta United – Patrick Nielsen, Michigan State
24. LAFC – Paulo Pita, Marshall
25. Toronto – Ifunanyachi Achara, Georgetown
26. Chicago – Jonathan Jimenez, Pacific

Round 2
27. San Jose – Jack Skahan, North Carolina
28. Nashville – Tanner Dieterich, Clemson
29. Cincinnati – Rey Ortiz, Portland
30. New England – Simon Lekressner, California
31. Orlando – Joey DeZart, Wake Forest
32. Vancouver – Daniel Gagliardi, FIU
33. Toronto – Malick Mbaye, Clemson
34. Houston – Luka Prpa, Marquette
35. Seattle – Danny Reynolds, Wilmington
36. New York Red Bulls – Wallis Lapsley, UC Davis
37. Colorado – Robin Afamefuna, Virginia
38. San Jose – Jon Bell, UMBC
39. Orlando – Jonathan Dean, Central Florida
40. Dallas – Manuel Ferriol, James Madison
41. New York Red Bulls – Deri Corfe, Wright State
42. DC United – Josh Fawole, Loyola
43. New England – Keegan Meyer, High Point
44. Orlando – Austin Aviza, Providence
45. LA Galaxy – Tom Smart, Akron
46. Real Salt Lake – Michael Wetungu, Michigan State
47. Columbus – Remi Prieur, Saint Mary’s
48. NYCFC – Felicien Dumas, Notre Dame
49. Columbus – Danny Griffin, Providence
50. LAFC – Jack Hallahan, Michigan
51. Toronto – Simon Waever, Indiana
52. Seattle – Timo Mehlich, UNLV

VIDEO: Duke women’s soccer wins on goal with absurd bend

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Bend it like Blue Devils?

Duke women’s soccer beat Clemson on Saturday 3-2 on an absurd goal scored with 14 minutes remaining. Senior Taylor Racioppi whipped the ball with the outside of her foot, and it bent completely across the face of goal, leaving a diving Clemson goalkeeper Sandy MacIver absolutely no chance as it tucked into the top-right corner of the goal.

The curl on the ball combined with the shot off the outside of the foot renders this goal one of the best you’ll see.

Not only is the goal fantastic to watch, the win is massive for the Blue Devils. The game elevated the team to second in the conference with just four more regular season games to go. Coming into the match, Duke rested just one point above the Tigers in the standings.

Racioppi has been selected to train with the U.S. youth setup in the past, and has been a critical part of the Duke team over the last four years. She has 77 appearances for the school, with 73 of those starts, and has scored 21 goals and 17 assists including six goals and an assist this season.

MLS Combine begins Friday: Names to know one week from the SuperDraft

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How important, for better or worse, is the MLS Combine in relation to a player’s draft prospects?

Eighteen of the 21 players who were first round selections at the 2015 MLS SuperDraft participated in the combine, and it took to pick No. 8 for a non-combine player to be selected (Clement Simonin of NC State).

All five of the Generation Adidas players aren’t heading to the combine. Outside of those five, you’ll see most of Jan. 14’s draftees coming from the Combine.

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The 2016 Combine will pit four squads of 15 players against each other for matches on Friday, Sunday and Tuesday. Full rosters are here.

A disclaimer: the MLS Combine is far from ideal. Many players won’t be playing in their natural positions, and most have been out of game action for a month or more.

We’ll list the draft order below, and won’t bother you with a mock draft at this point. But here are some names to monitor over the next five days, ones who could make big moves under the bright lights.

Brandon Vincent, D, Stanford — Jordan Morris is a stud, sure, but his college teammate could honestly be the No. 1 overall pick if Chicago sees it close and personal this week.

Callum Irving, GK, Kentucky — The Canadian backstop played with the Whitecaps Academy before starring for the Wildcats.

Neco Brett, F, Robert Morris — A bit mercurial and undersized, you cannot ignore that Brett scored 15, 14 and 13 goals in his last three seasons in Moon. The Jamaican born striker has speed to burn and a classy touch.

Patrick Hodan, M, Notre Dame — Has a legitimate chance to be a 10-year vet in the league. A solid leader who was invited to Andreas Herzog’s U-23 College ID camp in the summer.

Kyle Fisher, D, Clemson — After a College Cup season with the Tigers, Fisher is poised to be a first year contributed in Major League Soccer.

James Moberg, M, Washington — Big and coming off a season-ending knee injury, the 6-foot-2 senior has a chance to show off the promise of elite playmaking he showed in his first three seasons (6, 9 and 6 assists).

Thomas Sanner, F, Princeton — 6-foot-4 forwards with noses for goal don’t grow on trees, and Sanner is the Tigers’ third-all-time leading scorer with 32 in 64 games.

  1. Chicago Fire
  2. Colorado Rapids
  3. Philadelphia Union
  4. New York City FC
  5. Real Salt Lake
  6. Philadelphia Union
  7. Orlando City
  8. San Jose Earthquakes
  9. Toronto FC
  10. New England Revolution
  11. Sporting KC
  12. L.A. Galaxy
  13. D.C. United
  14. Montreal Impact
  15. Seattle Sounders
  16. Vancouver Whitecaps
  17. FC Dallas
  18. New York Red Bulls
  19. Columbus Crew
  20. Portland Timbers

Stanford thumps Clemson, 4-0, to win NCAA men’s title

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) U.S. national team forward Jordan Morris scored twice to lead Stanford to its first NCAA title in men’s soccer with a 4-0 win over Clemson in Sunday’s final.

The Cardinal (18-2-3) needed just 87 seconds to take the lead when Corey Baird and Eric Verso helped set up Morris for his first goal.

Morris scored again in the 51st minute to put Stanford up 2-0. Brandon Vincent converted a penalty kick 20 minutes later to make it 3-0.

Verso closed out the scoring in the 74th minute.

The Tigers (17-3-3) didn’t score in either game in the College Cup, winning on penalty kicks in the semifinals.

Stanford, Clemson to face off in NCAA national championship

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) After 110 tough minutes in the semifinals, both Stanford and Clemson advanced after penalty kick shootouts to the national championship of the College Cup on Sunday.

“We didn’t win,” Clemson coach Mike Noonan said. “We drew. We advanced.”

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The previous national championship Clemson (17-2-4) won was in 1987. The first one came in 1984.

“There were a lot of the guys from the ’84 and the ’87 team (at the semifinal match),” Noonan said. “We’ve been supported by them throughout the entire run and their message to us was, it’s been 30 years. It’s time. It’s about you guys and it’s about your team. We want to start talking about 2015.”

Stanford’s (17-2-3) never won a soccer national championship, but coach Jeremy Gunn has. He coached the Fort Lewis College squad from 1999 to 2006, advancing to the NCAA Division II championship three times, taking the title in 2005.

“I think what really does help is that I’ve been to, what, seven Final Fours now,” Gunn said. “You get to see that you can come here and run around and try to jump through every hoop and answer every text, though I’m not sure texts were invented when I first started. You realize just how to manage it for the players.”

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In its semifinal, Clemson was led by goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell, who made eight saves in regulation and overtime and allowed Syracuse to only score on one of four penalty kicks. His eight saves were the highest he’s had in a match all season. Through the regular season, Tarbell had 75 saves and eight shutouts, the highest in the ACC.

“It’s the result of doing your best every day in training and in games,” Tarbell said. “Approaching every game exactly the same way no matter what stage it is. Just pray and dreams for games like that. Things have to fall your way as a goalkeeper and they did, and that helped us get all the way to the finals.”

Stanford is led by Jordan Morris, the first college player to be called up to the U.S. men’s national team since 1999. Morris had three shots in the semifinal against Akron. His penalty kick was blocked. Though Morris has an international cap and has had international success, his team keeps him grounded.

“He’s got great teammates who love him,” Gunn said. “But they love him because of who he is.”