COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Maryland men’s soccer team is ranked No. 6 by the United Soccer Coaches (formerly known as the NSCAA) preseason poll, announced Friday.
The Terps were 18-1-2 overall a year ago and return MAC Hermann Trophy finalist and Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Gordon Wild, who scored 17 goals as a sophomore in 2016. Maryland also welcomes back first team All-Big Ten pick Amar Sejdic and second-teamer Eryk Williamson in addition to All-Freshman Team selection Donovan Pines, who will be called upon to help replace the hole left by departed defenders Chris Odoi-Atsem, Alex Crognale and Suli Dainkeh.
A total of five teams in the preseason poll appear on Maryland’s 2017 docket, including No. 7 Indiana, No. 19 Coastal Carolina, No. 21 UCLA, No. 22 Michigan State and No. 24 Connecticut. Additionally, the Terps will welcome No. 8 Syracuse for an exhibition at Ludwig Field on Aug. 19.
Maryland opens up the 2017 season at Santa Clara on Aug. 25 before welcoming Hofstra for the home opener on Aug. 28.
United Soccer Coaches Preseason Poll
2 Wake Forest
4 North Carolina
10 Notre Dame
17 Virginia Tech
19 Coastal Carolina
20 New Mexico
22 Michigan State
23 Florida Gulf Coast