Courtesy of Akron Sports Information Department
AKRON, Ohio – Aodhan Quinn, a winger from The University of Akron men's soccer program, was named one of the 10 best midfielders in the country Friday by Top Drawer Soccer.
Writes college soccer analyst, Travis Clark from TDS:
"(Quinn is) another attacker who has made significant strides in his development at the college level, Quinn will shoulder much of the offensive load for new Akron head coach Jared Embick in terms of sparking the team creatively. Fortunately for the Zips, he's more than capable of it, despite rather low points totals of four goals and three assists. A player with a refined soccer brain and excellent touch, Quinn will get another chance to show pro scouts he has the right tools for the next level."
Quinn appeared in 19 matches for Akron in 2012, making 17 starts, and earned All-Mid-American Conference Second Team honors after totalling four goals and three assists. The native of San Diego, Calif., played his best soccer when it mattered most, finding the back of the net in the MAC Tournament Championship match versus Northern Illinois and then assisting the game-winning goal in a win against Michigan in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Quinn, who is currently playing in the Premier Development League with the Seattle Sounders FC Under 23s, is the second Zips' player to be recognized by Top Drawer Soccer this month, joining Bryan Gallego, who was recently named one of the top 10 defenders in college soccer.
Quinn and Gallego are just two of several veteran players that will be expected to lead the Zips in 2013. Others include top goal-scorer Reinaldo Brenes, Robbie Derschang, Eric Stevenson and Saad Abdul-Salaam.
The Zips swept the MAC regular-season and tournament titles for the fifth time in six years in 2012 and advanced to the Round of 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the fifth straight season. In all, UA returns nine letterwinners and five starters for Jared Embick's first year at the helm.