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Clint Mathis: MLS Champion

Former Gamecock striker Clint Mathis was on the winning end of last night’s Major League Soccer Cup Final as Real Salt Lake defeated the LA Galaxy in penalties at Qwest Field in Seattle. Coming off the bench for the injured Javier Morales in the 22nd minute, Mathis created several opportunities for RSL as the game went on. Mathis was the first RSL player to convert a kick in the shootout as his team prevailed in the end over David Beckham and the Galaxy.

Mathis played for the Gamecocks from ’94-’97 and was a tw0-time All-American at South Carolina. He scored 53 goals in 58 games and is third on South Carolina’s all-time scoring list.

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Brad Guzan, the Hero

Former South Carolina goalkeeper Brad Guzan was the hero last night as he led Aston Villa to a penalty shootout victory over Sunderland in the Carling Cup on Tuesday night. Guzan saved four penalty kicks in the game (one during the game and three in the shootout) to propel Villa to the quarterfinals of the tournament.

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Guzan is currently the backup goalkeeper on Aston Villa behind American Brad Friedel. He is also the U.S. Men’s National Team’s backup goalkeeper behind Tim Howard. His manager Martin O’Neill had this to say about his performance last night:

His was a fabulous, fantastic performance. He’s got everything and he’s as brave as they come. Friedel has been terrific for us but Guzan was immense tonight. I can’t remember the last time a keeper saved four penalties but, by the end, I was almost expecting him to save them.

Click here to read an interview with Guzan on Aston Villa’s official website.

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Cocks Crow: Big Game for Men’s Soccer Tonight

The men’s soccer team faces No. 3 Wake Forest tonight in a game that could have a huge impact on a NCAA Tournament bid for the Gamecocks.  A win over the Deacons would look pretty good to the selection committee. The Gamecocks are currently 7-4-2 and Wake Forest comes in with a record of 9-2-2.  Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. at Stone Stadium.

Tonight is Club Soccer Night as all youth soccer clubs and organizations will receive $1 admission to the match. Make sure to get out to The Graveyard tonight to support the Gamecocks!

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Crucial Win for Men’s Soccer Last Night

The men’s soccer team battled SMU last night into double overtime, winning on a free kick by Jeff Scannella in the 103rd minute (click here for recap and video with Coach Berson).  The win improves the team’s record to 7-3-2 and 2-0-1 in Conference USA action. But here’s two nuggets about the team I was unaware of until this morning:

  • Men’s soccer now has an RPI of 7 – huge for a potential NCAA Tournament selection.
  • In years past, the winner of the Conference USA Tournament at the end of the regular season received an auto bid to the NCAA Tournament.  That same rule still applies, but this year, only 4 teams make the conference tournament and the top seed hosts.  Finish out of the top four and you’re sitting at home in the postseason. Here’s a look at the current C-USA standings:
Team C-USA Overall
W L T Pts. W L T
UAB 3 0 1 10 9 2 1
Marshall 3 0 0 9 7 4 1
South Carolina 2 0 1 7 7 3 2
Tulsa 2 0 1 7 7 3 2
SMU 1 2 1 4 5 6 1
UCF 1 2 0 3 5 4 2
Kentucky 1 3 0 3 8 5 0
Memphis 1 3 0 3 4 4 2
FIU 0 4 0 0 4 8 0

Two big home games coming up over the next week for the Gamecocks – Kentucky comes to town this Saturday for a 7 p.m. match and No. 5 Wake Forest visits on Tuesday, October 20th at 7 p.m.

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National Praise for Soccer

National recognition continues to roll in for both the men’s and women’s soccer teams:

  • The women’s soccer team are ranked No. 18 in this week’s National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll.  The team has only allowed 22 shots in its last four games.
  • Women’s goalkeeper Mollie Patton was named to the Soccer America Team of the Week.  Patton has not allowed a goal in her last 360 minutes of play and is tied for 2nd in the country with four shutouts.
  • The men’s soccer team also cracked the national rankings, coming in at No. 25 in this week’s Soccer America poll.
  • Men’s goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week for a record sixth time in his career.  Maurer was in goal for Carolina’s third-straight shutout win over Clemson on Friday night.
  • Forward Sam Arthur was also named to the Soccer America Team of the Week after scoring twice last week.  Arthur scored in South Carolina’s 3-1 win against Charlotte and also scored the game-winner against Clemson.

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The Closer: Gamecocks in Top 100

Did you know? College Soccer News recently named Gamecock freshmen Alex Long and Eric Martinez to its list of “100 Freshmen From Coast to Coast to Keep an Eye on in 2009.”

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Alex Long

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Eric Martinez

Long earned NSCAA Adidas High School All-America honors and all-state accolades in North Carolina during his prep career.  Martinez, the reigning North Carolina state player of the year, was named an ESPNRISE.com All-American, an NSCAA Adidas High School All-American, and is listed by ESPN.com (RISE Magazine) as one of the top 10 recruits in the country.  Both players are members of the U18 U.S. Men’s National Team and were named as to the Parade All-American team.

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Cocks Crow: New Name, Men’s Soccer, WIS

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