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Five Big Ten men's soccer players were selected in the 2014 Major League Soccer SuperDraft. Indiana's A.J. Corrado and Nikita Kotlov, Michigan's Fabio Pereira, Michigan State's Kevin Cope and Wisconsin's AJ Cochran were all drafted by MLS clubs.
Corrado was drafted by the San Jose Earthquakes with the No. 47 overall pick in the MLS draft. He led the Hoosiers in assists (7) and tied for the team lead with 13 points. He earned second-team All-Big Ten honors and was a Capital One Academic All-America third team selection.
Kotlov was named to the Portland Timbers with the 73rd overall pick. He finished his senior year tied for the team lead in goals (five), while also adding three assists. He was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten pick and earned first-team honors in 2011.
Pereira was a fourth-round draft pick of the Seattle Sounders FC in the MLS draft. He ended his career as Michigan's career leader in shots with 194, second in assists (22), eighth in points (48) and ninth in goals (13). He was named to the All-Big Ten Freshman Team and was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in 2013.
Cope was drafted 25th overall in the MLS SuperDraft to the Philadelphia Union. The center back helped the Spartans pace the Big Ten in fewest goals allowed (17), and also scored two goals with two assists this season. He contributed to nine shutouts, was named first-team All-Big Ten and was an NSCAA third-team All-American selection.
Cochran was drafted 16th overall by the Houston Dynamo. He anchored a back line that earned seven shutouts during the season, while also scoring three goals. The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten honoree and first-team NSCAA All-American.
Indiana's Tommy Thompson was named to the Soccer America All-Freshman first team, the organization announced Wednesday. Thompson, the Big Ten Freshman of the Year, collected 13 points during his debut season, scoring five goals and recording three assists. He led the Hoosiers in shots (56) and helped Indiana win its 12th Big Ten Tournament title.
For the complete Soccer America All-Freshman teams, click here.
Soccer America announced its 2013 Men's Soccer MVPs on Wednesday, with Wisconsin's AJ Cochran and Michigan State's Kevin Cope earning honors. Cochran, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, was named to the first team after leading a backline that held opposing offenses to 1.29 goals per game. Starting all 21 matches, he scored three goals and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection. Cope was named to the second team after contributing to a backline that helped the Spartans lead the Big Ten in fewest goals allowed (17). He scored two goals and collected two assists in helping lead Michigan State to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
2013 Men's MVPs
AJ Cochran, Wisconsin
Kevin Cope, Michigan State
The TopDrawerSoccer.com Best XI teams were announced Monday, with four Big Ten men's soccer players earning accolades. The Best XI teams are comprised of three national teams and two freshmen teams. The full list of the Big Ten's representation on the Best XI teams can be found below.
Best XI Teams
Kevin Cope, MSU
AJ Cochran, WIS
Andrew Wolverton, PSU
Freshman Best XI
Tommy Thompson, IND
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The NSCAA Scholar All-America men's soccer teams were announced, with Michigan State's Kevin Cope and Tim Kreutz earning honors. Cope was tabbed a first-team selection, while Kreutz was named to the third team.
Cope, who earns the laurel for the second time, boasts a 3.75 GPA and studies finance. The senior contributed to a backline that helped the Spartans lead the Big Ten in fewest goals allowed (17), while he also scored two goals and collected two assists. Cope also earned NSCAA/NCAA second-team All-America honors. Kreutz, a finance major that maintains a 3.3 GPA, started all 23 games and collected 23 points, including nine goals and five assists. Cope and Kreutz were both first-team All-Big Ten selections and helped lead Michigan State to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
In order to be selected for the team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale throughout their career as well as start more than 50 percent of a team's games, while being a junior or a senior.
The Big Ten enjoyed a successful 2013 men's soccer season that concluded with five teams earning bids to the NCAA Tournament. Penn State earned the regular season title, while Indiana won the Big Ten Tournament.
NCAA Tournament: Indiana, Michigan State, Northwestern, Penn State and Wisconsin all earned berths to the 2013 NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Championship, marking the fourth time in the last six years the Big Ten has earned five NCAA Tournament bids. The Nittany Lions and Badgers advanced to the second round after winning their opening games, while the Spartans earned a first-round bye. Michigan State edged Louisville, 1-0, in double overtime and Penn State defeated UC Santa Barbara, 1-0, continuing to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans defeated Georgetown, 1-0, to advance to the quarterfinals but fell to the eventual national champion, Notre Dame. For more on the NCAA Tournament, click here.
Regular-Season Crown: Penn State clinched the outright Big Ten Championship with a 2-1 double-overtime win over Northwestern on Oct. 27, marking its second-consecutive title and fifth overall. With the win, the Nittany Lions earned a first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament. For the complete release, click here.
Big Ten Tournament Title: Fifth-seeded Indiana won its 12th Big Ten Tournament Championship in school history after defeating third-seeded Michigan State, 1-0, in the championship game. The defending national champion Hoosiers earned the Big Ten's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. For more information on the Big Ten Men's Soccer Tournament, click here.
Where We Rank: Three Big Ten men's soccer teams appeared in the final NSCAA/NCAA Coaches' Poll: No. 7 Michigan State, No. 16 Penn State and No. 19 Wisconsin. For the complete top 25 poll, click here.
End-of-Year Awards: The Big Ten announced the men's soccer postseason honors on Nov. 14, with four teams earning accolades. Wisconsin's Tomislav Zadro claimed Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors, while teammate AJ Cochran was tabbed Defensive Player of the Year. Tyler Arnone of Michigan was named Midfielder of the Year, and Indiana's Tommy Thompson was selected as Freshman of the Year. Penn State's Andrew Wolverton claimed Goalkeeper of the Year accolades, while Nittany Lion head coach Bob Warming was named Big Ten Coach of the Year. For more information on the postseason honors and the All-Big Ten teams, click here.
All-America Accolades: Two Big Ten men's soccer players were named to the NSCAA/NCAA Division I Men's All-America Teams. Wisconsin's AJ Cochran, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, earned a first-team nod, while Michigan State's Kevin Cope, a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten defender, was named to the second team. For more on the NSCAA/NCAA All-America teams, click here.
Regional Recognition: Thirteen Big Ten men's soccer players were named to the NCAA Division I Men's All-Great Lakes Region team. Six student-athletes earned first-team nods, three were named to the second team and four earned third-team honors. Northwestern led the conference with four players earning All-Great Lakes Region recognition, while Michigan State and Wisconsin both had three student-athletes named to the teams. For the full list of conference players named to the All-Great Lakes Region team, click here.
Head of the Class: Following the conclusion of the fall season, the Big Ten recognized a total of 869 fall sports student-athletes that were named to the Academic All-Conference team, which included 81 men's soccer players. To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. For the complete Academic All-Big Ten release, click here.
The 2013 Division I men's soccer Senior CLASS Award All-America Teams were announced Friday, with three Big Ten student-athletes earning second-team nods.
Indiana's A.J. Corrado earned second-team honors after helping the Hoosiers win the Big Ten Tournament title. He scored three goals to go along with seven assists and was named second-team All-Big Ten.
Kevin Cope of Michigan State was named to the second team after contributing to a backline that helped the Spartans lead the Big Ten in fewest goals allowed (17). He scored two goals and collected two assists in helping lead Michigan State to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
Northwestern's Chris Ritter collected 15 points, scoring five goals and adding five assists. He helped the Wildcats advance to the NCAA Tournament for the eighth time and was also named to the All-Big Ten first team.
Two Big Ten men's soccer players were named to the NSCAA/NCAA Division I Men's All-America Teams, it was announced Friday. Wisconsin's AJ Cochran earned a first-team nod, while Michigan State's Kevin Cope was named to the second team.
Cochran, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, led a backline that held opposing offenses to 1.29 goals per game. Starting all 21 matches, he scored three goals and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection. Cochran helped the Badgers extend the nation's longest home unbeaten streak to 14 straight contests.
Cope, who was a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten defender, contributed to a backline that allowed the fewest goals (17) in the Big Ten. He scored two goals and collected two assists during the season, helping the Spartans advance to the "Elite Eight" of the NCAA Tournament.