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Speaking of the watch parties...I know it's less work, cheaper, and perhaps more comfortable to watch the games at home. However, I implore anyone in the Akron area who can ... GO TO ONE OF THE WATCH PARTIES. There is no better feeling than to support our team among other fans. For me, being at the watch party for the Elite8 match v Stanford was almost like watching the game at First Energy Stadium-Cub Cadet Field. Also, the team was aware of the watch party at the JAR for the Elite8. They greatly appreciated seeing the support they received from their fans who could not travel; they feed off of that love and support. Please go. Attendance also supports the Athletics Dept. continuing to arrange these for us in the future. Again, Please go. Thanks!

 

GO ZIPS!!!

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if you have missed any of the Beacon articles....this article from the Beacon has a link to all of their articles during the zips journey to the 2nd star

All kinds of credit to the Beacon for their outstanding coverage

https://www.ohio.com/news/20181207/ua-faces-off-against-michigan-state-tonight-heres-what-you-need-to-know-about-zips-journey-to-college-cup

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Seems like the team is finally getting some of the media attention it has long deserved.

 

Go Zips! I look forward to meeting some of you here in Santa Barbara later today ...

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55" curved Samsung TV - check

Matching curved Samsung sound bar - check

Wife and daughter in Washington DC and not returning until tomorrow afternoon - check

Son coming over to watch what we hope to be a double-header - check

PIzzas ordered for 7:15p pickup - check

Jug of Gold Peak sweet tea to chase the pizza - check

 

LET'S GO ZIPS!!!!! :rock:

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Terrific College Cup Analysis/Breakdown

 

"So the College Cup lineup is set and to say it will be a Midwestern affair would be a huge understatement. With three Big Ten teams and a fourth from Northeast Ohio, this year's College Cup should be in Columbus or Indy or Detroit. 

The Big Ten joins the ACC (08, 09, 13) in having three College Cup teams in the same year.

All four of this year's College Cup participants are former national champions. That also happened in 91 (Virginia, Santa Clara, Saint Louis, Indiana), 97 (UCLA, Virginia, Indiana, Saint Louis), 99 (Indiana, Santa Clara, UCLA, Connecticut), 03 (Indiana, St. John's, Santa Clara, Maryland), 08 (Maryland, North Carolina, St. John's, Wake Forest) and last year (Stanford, Indiana, Akron, North Carolina). 

How much college soccer royalty is here? Akron, which won it all in 2010 and has now been to the Cup three of the last four years, is the least successful, historically, among these programs. 

Indiana has now been to the College Cup/Final Four 20! times (that's a record) and won it all eight. 
Maryland is making its 14th College Cup trip and has won three national titles. 
Michigan State is in the Final Four for seventh time and won a pair of championships.
This is Akron's sixth trip to the Cup and they've won one NCAA crown.

Michigan State is making its first Final Four appearance in 50! years. To be polite, that's a record. The second longest gap in College Cup appearances belonged to Maryland, which went 29 years - 1969 to 1998 - between appearances. Next was Akron, which went 23 years (86 to 2009). 

Of course, in 1968, Maryland and Michigan State both made the final and when the game ended in a draw they were named co-NCAA champions.

In terms of the individual coaches, Michigan State's Damon Rensing is making his first College Cup appearance - as a player, assistant or head coach, all of which were at MSU.

IU's Todd Yeagley made it to the Final Four as a player (but didn't win a national title), assistant coach and head coach. This is his third Cup as HC and he's won one national title in charge.

Jared Embick made the Cup twice as an Akron assistant and was the No. 2 on their national title team and how now guided the Zips to three Cup appearances (the most for one coach in program history). 

For Maryland's Sasho Cirovski, the College Cup is nothing new. He's now been this far nine times and won two national titles. Only Indiana's Jerry Yeagley (16 Final Fours) and Bob Guelker (11 - 7 at Saint Louis, 4 at SIU-Edwardsville) have been to the Final Four more. 

So, some very interesting story lines and a lot of college soccer history represented at this year's College Cup."

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3 hours ago, SBZipfan said:

Seems like the team is finally getting some of the media attention it has long deserved.

 

Go Zips! I look forward to meeting some of you here in Santa Barbara later today ...

 

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Look forward to meeting you, too!

 

Go Zips!!!

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One tip left over from 2010: Make sure you know where the Zips fans' seating section is.  Last College Cup at Harder the ushers and security people were clueless!  Under 2 hours, and waiting breathlessly!  #GoZips!

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Our THIRD TEAM All-American...who should be a Hermann Trophy finalist.  DAVID EGBO for the goal!!!!!  Hackworth's shot off the post...Egbo puts it away.

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A decent crowd. A bit disappointed they aren't doing more to make the atmosphere more dynamic like having a pep band or active cheerleaders or even a host/announcer. Just a bunch of fans coming in to cheer on the Zips on the video screen. 

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These TV hacks are so far us MSU's ass they can't barely mention there's another team out there.

 

Even up 4-0...

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