The No. 2 Maryland men’s soccer team concludes its trip to the West Coast with a match against California on Sunday at 5 p.m.
• Season tickets for Maryland women's and men's soccer matches are available online by clicking here. Tickets for 10 women's and 10 men's matches are just $69 for adults and $39 for youth or seniors.
• Tickets for the upcoming, highly-anticipated Maryland-Duke match are available also online by clicking here. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth or seniors. Tickets are also available at Ludwig Field one hour prior to kick off.
• Updates will also be posted to the Maryland Men’s Soccer Twitter feed, so "Follow" to get updates sent straight to you.
• The Maryland-Cal game will be shown live on the Pac-12 Network.
Men’s Soccer LIVE on TerpsTV
• Every Maryland men's soccer home match – with the exception of Duke contest which will be shown on NSCAATV.com - will be streamed live on TerpsTV Premium in 2013. Fans will be able to watch all of the action from anywhere by subscribing to TerpsTV.
• A subscription to TerpsTV also includes live events for women's soccer, field hockey, volleyball in the fall, as well as weekly football press conferences and live events during the winter and spring seasons.
Scouting The Terps
• The Terps return seven starters from a year ago when the squad advanced to the College Cup for the first time since 2008 and boasted the top winning percentage in the nation.
|2013 Maryland Terrapins: 0-0-1, 0-0-0 ACC|
|(Soccer America #1 NSCAA #2, TopDrawerSoccer.com #2)|
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• Included in that mix of returning starters is 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy winner Patrick Mullins. The New Orleans, product was the ACC Offensive Most Valuable Player, registering team-highs in goals (17), assists (10) and points (44). Sophomore Schillo Tshuma will be looked upon to generate scoring as well after tallying 10 goals in 2012.
• Gone from last year’s starting midfield is All-American John Stertzer, who was drafted 12th overall by Real Salt Lake in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. However, the cupboard is far from empty with returning starters Dan Metzger and Sunny Jane and spot starters Tsubasa Endoh, Jereme Raley and Mikias Eticha back this season.
• Sophomores Mikey Ambrose and Dakota Edwards registered 22 and 23 starts, respectively, a year ago and look to lead the backline in 2013.
• There is a four-way battle in goal for the starting position as Keith Cardona, Jordan Tatum, Cody Niedermeier and rookie Zack Steffen will fight for time at keeper. Steffen is the early favorite to win the starting spot.
Scouting The Golden Bears
• Cal is coming off of an 8-7-3 record in 2012, which included a 6-0 loss at Maryland in the third game of the season. Steve Birnbaum missed that match. A 2011 All-Pac-12 first-team defender, Birnbaum played just once last year due to injury, but he is healthy and back for the Bears as a fifth-year senior.
|2013 California Golden Bears: 1-0-0, 0-0-0 Pac 12|
|(Soccer America NR, NSCAA NR, TopDrawerSoccer.com NR)|
• Cal defeated Georgetown 2-0 to open up its season on Friday.
• Kevin Grimes is in his 14th season as head coach at Cal; the former SMU All-American (class of 1990) claimed five Pac-10 Coach of the Year awards (2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010) before the Conference became the Pac-12 in 2011.
Terps Picked First in ACC Preseason Poll
• Maryland is the preseason favorite to claim the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Soccer Championship, according to a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches.
• The 2012 ACC Champion Terrapins, who return MAC Hermann Trophy winner Patrick Mullins, amassed 142 points in the balloting. North Carolina, which reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship last season, placed second with 122 points in the conference poll.
• Maryland led with 10 first-place votes. Wake Forest and Notre Dame, selected third and fourth, respectively, each received one first-place vote. The ballot awarded 12 points for each first-place ballot, 11 points for second place, etc.
Mullins Tabbed to MAC Hermann Watch List
• Patrick Mullins was one of 34 players named to the 2013 MAC Hermann Watch List.
• Mullins became only the second Terrapin to win the MAC Hermann Trophy in 2012. A forward from New Orleans, Mullins led Maryland’s high-scoring attack with 17 goals and 10 assists as a junior.
• He tallied seven game-winners to lead the Terps to the best winning percentage in the country (20-1-3).
Meet the New Kids on the Block
• The Maryland men’s soccer program welcomes another talented group this fall with a six-member freshman class in 2013.
• The Terps’ signing class is ranked third in the nation according to TopDrawerSoccer.com and features two members of the U-18 U.S. men’s national team with the signing of Zack Steffen and Suli Dainkeh.
• Other newcomers include Alex Crognale, Daniel Johnson, Chris Odoi-Atsem and Michael Sauers.
Terps Capture 2012 ACC Championship
• Top-seeded Maryland defeated No. 2 North Carolina 2-1 to win its third title in five seasons at the 2012 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship.
• The Terps picked up goals from freshmen Dakota Edwards and Schillo Tshuma to win their fifth overall conference tournament crown (1996, 2002, 2008, 2010, and 2012) in front of 9,341 fans at the Maryland SoccerPlex.
• 2012 ACC Offensive Player of the Year Patrick Mullins was tabbed the ACC Championship Tournament Most Valuable Player and was joined on the all-tournament squad by John Stertzer, London Woodberry, Tshuma and Edwards.
All Eyes on Sept. 6
• Maryland will open its regular season with a battle against ACC rival Duke Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Ludwig Field.
• Two years ago, Maryland set the attendance record at Ludwig when it welcomed Duke Oct. 14. 7,957 fans showed up to watch the Terps drop the Blue Devils 4-2.
• The Terps are anticipating a sellout crowd when the Blue Devils head to College Park for a final conference meeting.
• Maryland has seven College Cup appearances in the last 15 years, tied for most in the country.
• Maryland has advanced to the postseason in 12 straight years. No other school has done so more than five consecutive seasons.
• Maryland has finished in the top 15 in the final NSCAA poll for 11 straight seasons. No other school has done so more than five straight years.
• Every four-year player at Maryland since 1998 has been part of a College Cup team. The 15-year run is the longest active streak in the country. The second-longest is Wake Forest (seven years).
• Men’s soccer has more NCAA titles than all other men’s programs at Maryland combined since 1976.
In all sports with at least 32 schools in its NCAA Tournament
• Maryland has more consecutive appearances in the round-of-16 than any other program in the country with 11. The second-most on that elite list is five.
• No other head coach in the nation has more national championships since 2002 than Sasho Cirovski. He is joined in that elite company by the likes of Jim Calhoun of UConn, Billy Donovan of Florida, and Roy Williams of North Carolina, who have all won two.