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Cavaliers Highlight NCAA 50th Anniversary Men's Soccer Team

CHARLOTTESVILLE Former Cavalier men’s soccer stars Jeff Agoos, John Harkes and Claudio Reyna have been named members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Men’s Soccer 50th Anniversary Team.

A list of more than 100 student-athletes and 10 head coaches was narrowed down to 32 and six, respectively, through a voting subcommittee. The finalists were included on an online ballot and voted on by the public through the NCAA.com website.

The 11 student-athletes  who make up the NCAA Division I Men's Soccer  50th Anniversary team are: Jeff Agoos, Virginia; Armando Betancourt, Indiana; Paul Caligiuri, UCLA; Richard Chinapoo, Long Island; Angelo DiBernardo, Indiana; Brad Friedel, UCLA; John Harkes, Virginia; Glenn Myernick, Hartwick; Farrukh Quraishi, SUNY Oneonta; Claudio Reyna, Virginia;  and Al Trost, Saint Louis.
 
The NCAA Division I Men's Soccer 50th Anniversary coach is Indiana's Jerry Yeagley.

Agoos earned first team All-America honors twice, in 1988 and 1990, and also earned third team and second team honors in 1986 and 1989, respectively. He finished second in Hermann Award voting his senior season. In 1989, his junior year, Virginia went to the NCAA championship game where they became NCAA co-champions with Santa Clara.

From 1985 to 1987, Harkes played soccer at Virginia under fellow 50th Anniversary Team nominee, head coach Bruce Arena. Harkes was named to the NSCAA All-America first team in 1986 and 1987 in addition to earning the MAC/Hermann award in 1987.

Reyna was a big contributor to Virginia's NCAA championship titles in 1991, 1992 and 1993 and also racked up first team All-America honors in the process. He won the Hermann Trophy in 1993 and the MAC Award in 1992 and 1993. In addition Reyna was named the 1992 and 1993 Soccer America Player of the Year.

Members selected to the anniversary team will be honored at the 2008 NCAA Men's College Cup in Frisco, Texas, at Pizza Hut Park on Dec. 12-14.

The other former Cavaliers who appeared on the online ballot were Mike Fisher (1993-1996), Tony Meola (1988-1989) and Bruce Arena (head coach, 1978-1995).


 

 

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