Vetting the contenders (and others) for the Cup

November 19, 2009
By Maria Burns Ortiz
The 48 NCAA men's soccer teams that will be contending for a national championship this year have been announced. As always, it's an interesting combination of sure bets, not-a-chances, favorites, underdogs and dark horses.

Here's a look at some of the teams that hope to battle it out and earn their place in the annals of college soccer history -- or at least a spot in this year's College Cup:


The Terrapins came into the year with high expectations, ...

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