Ahead of Friday night's men's College Cup semifinals, Dave Rowaan of Waking the Red takes a look at the potential future MLS players who will be playing in each match.
Steve Neumann - Junior, Forward: The Hoyas forward had a strong season netting seven goals and 13 assists. It may not be enough to earn him a place in the 2013 Generation adidas class, but if he ends up going back to Georgetown for his senior season and can build on those numbers, expect him to be a top attacking prospect for 2014.
Brandon Allen - Freshman, Forward: With 15 goals on the season to his name, the New York Red Bulls academy product is well on his way to eventually earning himself a home grown deal. After spending 2010-2011 in the Red Bulls' academy, he became a top recruit for the Hoyas and has not failed to deliver on expectations this season. 2013 might be too soon for him to sign, but NYRB fans should keep an eye on him as a player who should one day be in their first team.
Ian Christianson - Senior, Midfielder: Christianson has made the most of his four years at Georgetown, developing into a solid holding midfielder. He is not one to jump into the attacking side of things often but his defensive work is enough to at least merit some consideration by the Chicago Fire to sign him to a home grown deal for the 2013 season.
London Woodberry - Senior, Defender: An impressive senior season for Maryland seems to have caught the eyes of FC Dallas, who will certainly have to consider signing him to a Home Grown deal after he has developed into one of the top central defenders in this year's senior class. When you combine his strong defensive game with the fact that he has a knack for chipping in the odd goal, you can see why Dallas is excited about his prospects.
John Stertzer - Senior, Midfielder: With his impressive four-year Maryland career coming to an end, Stertzer is all but a lock to be taken in the first round of the 2013 SuperDraft. Another good year with seven goals and six assists proved once again that he is among the more complete midfielders in the college game. A good College Cup and MLS Combine could see him wind up in the top 10 come draft day.
Patrick Mullins - Junior, Forward: Even with the Generation adidas classes shrinking in recent years, Mullins is still expected to be offered a deal after scoring 16 goals so far in 2012. Having being nameda finalist for the MAC Hermann trophy, he will be one player to watch for any team picking early in this year's draft that might need some help at forward.
Taylor Kemp - Senior, Defender: Limited to just 11 games so far in 2012 by injuries, Kemp has seen his draft stock take a bit of a hit. He has the talent to be a decent defender at the next level but in a draft class that is fairly deep in talent at left back he will need to impress in the College Cup. He's more likely to be a Supplemental Draft pick but could prove to be a steal for someone if he is.
Eriq Zavaleta - Sophomore, Forward: One of those players who could well be left off the Generation adidas class as MLS seems to be moving away from the program, but it he is it would be a shame. He has made a strong case to be included with two game winning goals already in tournament pushing hisseason total to 18 goals. His well rounded game should make him a top pick this year if he does sign a GA deal, but if he returns to Indiana in 2013, college soccer better watch out.
Nikita Kotlov - Junior, Midfielder: He was one of the top recruits in the nation when he joined Indiana
but slipped off the radar for much of his first three years at the school. He is back on it now though, thanks to a series of impressive performances in recent weeks including a hat trick against Xavier inthe second round of the NCAA Tournament. He will need to build on his eight goals and four assists so far in 2012 if he is hoping to be a draft pick in 2014.
Luis Soffner - Senior, Goalkeeper: The 2013 SuperDraft class is looking like it will be a bit light on goalkeeping prospects as other than the possibility of Andre Blake (UConn) signing a Generation adidas deal, there are not many standouts. Soffner has had a solid senior season allowing just 18 goals in 22 games so far and could be a nice addition to a team looking for goalkeeping depth in the draft.
Jose Gomez - Senior, Midfielder: A finalist for the MAC Harmann Trophy, Gomez has used the 2012 season to cement his place as a top prospect for the 2013 SuperDraft. His six goals and nine assists thisyear are impressive totals but it his abilities as a creative midfielder that make him standout in this draft class. The College Cup will give him a chance to show that he has what it takes to handle the physicality of MLS play.
Andrew Ribeiro - Senior, Midfielder: One of the key cogs in the Blue Jays midfield who takes on the task of supporting Gomez. His numbers don't jump off the page with only three goals in 2012, but all of them were game winners as he has proven he can step up when the game is on the line. A strong showing this weekend should help him get selected in the draft even if it is not until the supplemental rounds.
Eric Miller - Sophomore, Defender: Coming into the season he was widely considered to be a possible Generation adidas candidate, but he did not have the best season and has seen his stock take a dip. He still has the ability to get back on track and his performances with the U.S. under-20 program will ensure that he remains a player that scouts will be keeping an eye on as he is likely to be back with the BlueJays in 2013.