Caldwell, Zardes among players on 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List

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The 2012 college season is weeks away from getting started, and the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) have released their list of players to watch keep an eye on this year.

Senior Akron midfielder and New England Revolution academy product Scott Caldwell, and CSU-Bakersfield striker and LA Galaxy academy product Gyasi Zardes are among the 42 male players who have been identified for the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, which was announced on Monday. Other top MLS prospects on the list include Coastal Carolina striker Ashton Bennett, UConn playmaker Carlos Alvarez and Maryland fullback Taylor Kemp.

Iona leads the men's Watch List with four players, while Connecticut, Coastal Carolina, Old Dominion, Furman, Maryland, New Mexico and Memphis all have two players each on the list.

While the Hermann Award Watch List is a good sampling of the nation's top college players in terms of performance, it isn't necessarily considered a good gauge of the nation's top pro prospects. Last year's Watch List featured current MLS rookie standouts Andrew Wenger, Austin Berry, Kelyn Rowe and Tony Cascio, but did not include Darren Mattocks, Luis Silva, Nick DeLeon, Ryan Meara or Connor Lade, all players who were high on scouting radars heading into the 2011 college season.

Here is the full list of candidates on the 2012 Men's Hermann Award Watch List:

Men's Hermann Award Watch List

Sammy

Adjei

Jr.

F

Iona

Newark, N.J.

Carlos

Alvarez

Sr. 

M

Connecticut

Los Angeles

Borja

Barbero

So.

GK

Iona

Valladolid, Spain

Will

Bates

Sr.

F

Virginia

Chester, Va.

Nathaniel

Bekoe

Jr.

Fordham

Accra, Ghana

Ashton

Bennett*

Sr. 

Coastal Carolina

Claredon, Jamaica

Andrew

Blake

So.

GK

Connecticut

May Pen, Jamaica

Brendan

Burgdorf

Sr. 

F

Bucknell

Westfield, N.J.

Scott

Caldwell

Sr. 

M

Akron

Braintree, Mass.

Franklin

Castellanos

Jr.

Iona

Dover, N.J.

Marvcello

Castro

Sr.

D

Sacred Heart

Parana, Brazil

Marc

Cintron

Sr.

Providence

Piscataway, N.J.

Ryan

Clark

Sr.

Monmouth

Freehold, N.J.

Liam

Collins

Jr.

Memphis

Skibbereen, Ireland

Leonardo

Fernandes

Sr.

Stony Brook

North Babylon, N.Y.

Shaun

Foster

Jr.

D

Hofstra

Southport, England

Victor

Francoz

Sr.

GK

Old Dominion

Fleurieu Sur Saone, France

Tyler

Gibson

Jr.

Charlotte

Knoxville, Tenn.

Simon

Gomez

Jr.

F

Duquesne

Manizales, Colombia

Nick

Hagglund

Jr.

D

Xavier

Cincinnati

Chris

Hegngi

Sr.

F

Ohio State

Silver Spring, Md.

Coleton

Henning

Sr.

Furman

Shawnee, Kan.

Taylor

Kemp

Sr.

D

Maryland

Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Jonathan

Mendoza

Sr. 

M

Stetson

Altamonte Springs, Fla.

Steve

Neumann

Jr.

F

Georgetown

New Hope, Pa.

Oscar

Otto

Sr.

F

Iona

Willingshore, N.J.

James

Price

Sr.

D

Saint Francis (Pa.)

Christchurch, New Zealand

Jonny

Raj

Sr.

D

Fairfield

Auckland, New Zealand

Pedro

Ribeiro

Jr.

M

Coastal Carolina

Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Devon

Sandoval

Sr. 

F

New Mexico

Albuquerque, N.M.

Eric

Schoenle

Sr. 

D

West Virginia

Yardley, Pa.

Mark

Sherrod*

Jr.

F

Memphis

Knoxville, Tenn.

Patrick

Slogic

Jr.

D

Cornell

Colorado Springs, Colo.

Yannick

Smith*

Sr. 

F

Old Dominion

Hillsborough, N.J.

John

Stertzer

Sr. 

M

Maryland

Oakton, Va.

Kyle

Venter

Sr. 

New Mexico

Aurora, Colo.

Lee

Williams

Sr.

D

Appalachian State

Liverpool, England

Reece

Wilson

Sr.

F

Central Connecticut

London, England

Paul

Wyatt

Sr. 

M

James Madison

Modbury, England

Gyasi

Zardes*

Jr.

F

CSU Bakersfield

Hawthorne, Calif.

Eriq

Zaveleta

So.

F

Indiana

Westfield, Ind.

Walker

Zimmerman

So.

D

Furman

Lawrencevlle, Ga.

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On the Women's Hermann Watch List, which has 38 players, are Penn State junior forward Maya Hayes, Oklahoma State senior goalkeeper Adrianna Franch and Florida State senior defender Ines Jaurena.

What do you think of the selections? Which college players are you most looking forward to seeing play? Who are you hoping to see on your MLS team next season?

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6 Responses to Caldwell, Zardes among players on 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List

  1. NE Matt says:

    However it shakes out, it’s nice to know that my Revs will get the best of the bunch -__-

  2. Chief Hung Like A Bear says:

    Iona?

  3. Darwin says:

    Where did Alan Gordon go to school? Alan Gordon reminds me of Zlatan Ibrahimovich.

  4. Charles says:

    It is amazing how much playing time new guys out of college are getting. It would be one thing if they were replacing guys who are leaving MLS, but they are just taking they jobs….beacuse they are better. In some cases way better

  5. Dinho says:

    Wow, only ONE west coast player on the whole list…and he plays for CSU Bakersfield??!!?!??

    WTF!?!?!

  6. gael-nation says:

    Yes Iona. A top team to watch out for