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Tyler Ruthven Prepares for Pro Draft

Gamecock senior men’s soccer player Tyler Ruthven is hoping to hear his name called by a Major League Soccer team this Thursday when the league holds its annual SuperDraft in Philadelphia at the NSCAA Convention. A defender from Alpharetta, Ga., Tyler played three seasons for the Garnet & Black after transferring from the University of San Francisco. Tyler was named to the All-Conference USA First Team in 2009 and also garnered third team All-South Region honors.

What’s the experience been like as far as getting noticed for the draft and putting yourself out there to start your career as a professional?

MLS is only about 16 years old, so there’s not a lot of money invested yet into identifying players. After my sophomore year, I worked out with the Colorado Rapids and after my junior year, I worked out for the Chicago Fire. So that was good for me to get myself out there and have a chance to get invited to the combine. [Editor’s Note – In the summers between his sophomore year and junior year, Tyler played in the USL Premier Development League which gives college soccer players a chance to play high level soccer during their break while still maintaining their college eligibility. An appropriate comparison would be the wood bat summer leagues for college baseball players.]

What’s the next step to getting drafted?

The league invited 60 players to Fort Lauderdale for the MLS Player Combine. Everyone thought I would get an invite, but I didn’t and was named an alternate. A few clubs do private combines where they invite 30-60 players that they would like to see in a more private setting. D.C. United invited me to their combine and then a couple weeks later, the Seattle club [Sounders FC] invited me to Las Vegas. There’s also a team in Portland that will begin playing in MLS next year and they’ve contacted my agent and are interested in signing me.

How’s draft day going to be?

I’m just hoping that someone will pick me up – it would probably be towards the end. The draft is only 4 rounds – 64 players. I’d love a shot to go to preseason. If I don’t get drafted, there’s always a shot I could get invited to preseason as a free agent.

What have you been doing since South Carolina’s season ended to prepare for a pro career?

I took a week off and I didn’t even move just to give my body a break. After that I started working out with Billy [Anderson, assistant strength coach at South Carolina] on a lot of fitness-based stuff. I’ve been working out at least 4 times a week ever since and doing a lot of running on my own as well.

What do you think you can bring to the table for a professional team?

I’m a 6’2 center back – to play that position in this country, you have to have some size. I think my athleticism as well, I’ve always been told that for a big man, I move pretty well.

Do you have a particular professional club you’ve always followed?

Not really any one team – I try to watch the game abroad as more of a student of the game and not as a fan. I’ve always loved the way Arsenal plays, but I’m not necessarily a fan of them.

Is there a professional player that you’ve seen that you admire and try to model your game after?

The last couple of years, [Nemanja] Vidic from Manchester United is a player I’ve followed. He’s someone who has a similar body type and style of play.

Editor’s Note – see video of Vidic in action below:

The MLS Draft will be held on Thursday with preseason training scheduled to begin on Feb. 1. Good luck to Tyler!

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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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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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Cocks Crow: Monday

Here’s your game recaps from Saturday night’s 38-16 win against Florida Atlantic:

The Gamecocks are back in action this Thursday night for their third national television broadcast of the season as they take on the No. 5 Ole Miss Rebels at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are still available – visit GamecocksOnline.com or call 800-4SC-FANS to order.

Women’s soccer continued its unbeaten start to the season, defeating South Alabama 6-1 on Sunday to finish the non-conference portion of the season 8-0.  Men’s soccer picked up a 1-0 win against Northern Illinois on Sunday to move to 4-1-1.  Volleyball finished the weekend 1-1 to move to 9-2 overall, 1-1 in the SEC.  Cross country won the Winthrop Invitational over the weekend as well.

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Cocks Crow: Weekend Recap

Even though Saturday night ended in frustration for us, I’m excited about the positives that we can take from the team’s performance.  The pulse from the fan base through the Internet is one of hope and excitement about what lies ahead for the Gamecocks.  I’m definitely looking forward to kicking things off at Williams-Brice Stadium this Saturday.  Here’s some game recaps from Saturday night:

The Gamecock women’s soccer team continues their impressive start to the season, winning the Carolina’s Cup on Sunday after blanking Clemson 5-0 on Friday night and UNC-Wilmington 2-0 on Sunday afternoon.  South Carolina has outscored their opponents 18-0 this season and lead the country with six shutouts.

Men’s soccer went 1-1 this weekend to finish in 2nd place in the adidas Gamecock Classic.  Volleyball traveled to Houston to compete in the Mizuno Invitational, winning two of three over the weekend.  Men’s golf opened their season with a fifth place finish at the Carpet Capital Collegiate.

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The Closer: Another Clemson Match-Up

Women’s soccer travels to Clemson tonight to face the Tigers in the Carolinas Cup at 7:30 p.m. The Gamecocks are unbeaten against the Tigers in all sports so far this season (volleyball, men’s soccer, cross country).

Men’s soccer is at home tonight in their first match of the adidas Gamecock Classic.  The Gamecocks play Butler at 7:30 p.m.

Keep up with the Gamecocks tomorrow night against Georgia with Gamecocks Gameday Live. The Spurs Up Road Show is ready to go for the season’s first SEC game.

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