Last month our friends at Red Nation ‘Canada’s Online Soccer Magazine’ published their annual NCAA Division 1 All-Canadian team. And it’s stacked! Canadians certainly had a major impact on the College Soccer scene this year – this group combined would give any D1 team a tough test on the field. Hopefully we’ll see some of these players continue playing in the professional ranks after college.
GK – Darrin MacLeod, Drake
A four year starter at Drake, as well as several years of Toronto FC Academy experience, MacLeod finished his collegiate career playing in 76 games with Drake. He had a 1.44 Goals Against Average and a .735 Save Percentage with 19 career NCAA D1 shutouts. MacLeod helped his school advance to the 2015 NCAA National Tournament and won multiple MVC Defensive Player of the Week awards. The Waterloo native played with both TFC Academy and K-W United PDL side during the summer and is looking for a professional opportunities now that his college career is complete.
FB – Quinton Duncan, Tulsa
Quinton returns to my All-Canadian Team after being selected as a Freshman in 2013. As a senior in 2016, Duncan competed in 20 games, playing in all his school Tulsa’s minutes expect three. He scored one goal and added four assists and finished his NCAA D1 Career playing in 80 games, scoring three goals and adding six assists. Quinton lost steam in terms of an MLS Draft candidate with his school underperforming, although the Whitecaps residency graduate could qualify for a homegrown contract or at least be given an opportunity to play for Whitecaps 2, and could also be a key players for a Canadian Premier League side in the future.
CB – Nyal Higgins, Oakland
Nyal just completed his freshman season in NCAA D1 playing with some fellow Canadians on Oakland. Higgins had a successful youth career with Ajax before moving to League One Ontario side Vaughan and performed very well at last year’s Sigma College Showcase. The Canadian U-18 player played in 16 games during his freshman season scoring two goals and the school looked much stronger in defense when he played. At 6’2/175 with good footballing skills, Higgins is a potential future MLS Draft Pick and could be a candidate for the new Canadian Generation Adidas Contract.
CB – Kamal Miller, Syracuse
Kamal is the best underclassman Canadian in NCAA Division 1 and will be regarded as an MLS Draft prospect as long as he remains with Syracuse. Miller played in 20 games during his sophomore year, scoring two goals and adding two assists and has already played 45 games for the Orange in two seasons helping his school reach the National Championship Tournament both seasons. Miller was recently called into the Canadian U-20 National Team and is a name to watch regarding the Canadian Soccer scene.
FB – Alex Comsia, North Carolina
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Courtesy of www.rednationonline.ca
Words by Aaron Neilson @ENBSports