College Cup Preview: Stanford

With the College Cup coming to Texas this weekend, San Antonio Soccer News concludes its look at the four teams competing.

Team: Stanford

City: Stanford, CA

Conference: Pac-12

2015 Finish: CHAMPIONS

Ranking: Fifth

Best Finish: Champions (2015)

Coach: Jeremy Gunn (four years)

Preview:

The defending champions are back again, after winning their first ever title 12 months ago, Stanford are back to try and defend their title. They were perhaps fortunate to even get to the quarterfinal as they squeaked past Virginia in the third round thanks to a golden goal.

Stanford are on a run of program best form as they have continued their growth under head coach Gunn, finally in his fourth season. With just three seniors in the squad this could be a long run of domination from Cardinal.

With strong coaching and their most decorated ever squad, Stanford are coming in as a strong chance of defending their title. The Cardinal have three All-Americans, the most in program history celebrating another strong season.

Tomas Hillard-Arce was the Stanford player on the first team after a strong season at the center of defense for the Cardinal. Hillard-Arce is in the MAC Hermann Trophy semi-finalist list and is a crucial part of the defense that has a goals allowed average of 0.62.

In addition to this, Stanford had five players on the all-region team and look set to be a phenomenally difficult team to beat on the road to the national championship.

2016 MLS SuperDraft Class:

Brandon Vincent – Chicago Fire (4)

Eric Verso – Montreal Impact (34)

Tyler Thompson – San Jose Earthquakes (69)

Possible 2017 MLS Draftees:

Brian Nana-Sinkam – a strong defender Nana-Sinkam has captained Stanford and while not setting the world on fire a national championship could push him up the draft order.

Prediction: Champions

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