NCAA Men's Tournament

Colleges still an important pipeline to the pros

December 10, 2008
By Doug McIntyre
When the 50th men's College Cup kicks off Friday in Frisco, Texas, it will offer American soccer fans a rare chance to watch future pros like Matt Kassel of Maryland and Ike Opara of Wake Forest in action. It also will provide the NCAA a national stage on which to display its often-underestimated quality. While the NBA and the NFL (and to a lesser degree baseball and hockey) rely on colleges to provide an endless supply of new players, the prevailing wisdom is that NCAA soccer is an unsuitable ...

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