United Soccer Coaches Preseason Top 25
Some minor paperwork out of the way first. What was once the NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) has morphed into United Soccer Coaches. We won’t get into the minutiae, however we’ll point out the new name and logo to eliminate any confusion. The United Soccer Coaches Preseason Top 25 for the 2017 NCAA DI Men is out and the ACC, once again, dominates the turf.
Simply by virtue of being the reigning national champions, Stanford comes out as the top team in the poll. Based upon some preseason previews of the Cardinal, that may well be a well earned spot to start off the season.
Don’t think for a moment that teams from the ACC aren’t in position to push Stanford off their throne to go tumbling down the hill.
The one team looking for that opportunity is Wake Forest who was on the wrong end of the championship shootout last season.
United Soccer Coaches Preseason Top 25 – The ACC
With eight teams holding down a position in the poll, the ACC presents more than any conferences fair share of ranked teams. Out of the eight, six sit in the top 10 of the preseason rankings.
Rosters change throughout the spring and summer and often there are some pleasant surprise additions as the season approaches. Here’s a look at those ACC teams loading up the poll. (Highlighted for soccer team link).
- #2 Wake Forest
- #4 North Carolina
- #5 Clemson
- #8 Syracuse
- #9 Louisville
- #10 Notre Dame
- #13 Virginia
- #17 Virginia Tech
United Soccer Coaches Preseason Top 25 – Names To Know
Early games and exhibitions get underway in just a bit over a week. Action is scheduled for the weekend of August 12-13. These match ups are great opportunities for fans to check out their favorite team’s roster before they head into the heart of their competition.
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Find out where ACC Women’s Soccer teams rank this season with this look at the United Soccer Coaches 2017 Preseason Top 25.