The National Soccer Coaches Association of America named its semifinalists for the prestigious Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy today, including Stanford forward (and Seattle Sounders academy graduate) Jordan Morris. The Mercer Island native has had a phenomenal season for the Cardinal, scoring eight goals so far this season on his way to being named Pac-12 Player of the Year last month.
Less well known than Morris, is his former forward partner David Olsen. Olsen is at Seattle University learning under Pete Fewing and had scored 20 goals when they were paired up top with the Academy. David is now a sophomore with 16 goals in 23 games.
Yes, that means two Sounders Academy products are in the final 15 for the best players in NCAA Division 1 men's soccer.
The MAC Hermann Trophy is the highest individual award given in college soccer, sort of akin to college football's Heisman trophy. Morris was named a semifinalist for the trophy last season, but the award was eventually given to the New York Red Bulls' Leo Stolz, then a student at UCLA. The trophy will be presented at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on Friday, January 8th. Morris' Stanford teammate Brandon Vincent was also named a semifinalist for the award.
D-1 coaches will vote on the eventual winner, but fans can vote for their top choices at Lockerdome starting today.