Four Zips Named to Soccer America Preseason All-America Team

Updated 8/27/2010
AKRON, Ohio - Four members of The University of Akron men's soccer team - Anthony Ampaipitakwong, Darlington Nagbe, Kofi Sarkodie and Zarek Valentin - were named to Preseason All-America Team by Soccer America Thursday.

The Zips' four representatives on the 25-player team were the most of any single school in the country. Virginia, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Tulsa were the only other schools with multiple selections with two apiece.

It has been a busy preseason for the UA quartet. Ampaipitakwong, Nagbe and Sarkodie have each already been named to the Hermann Trophy Watch List as well as the College Soccer News Preseason All-America Team. Valentin, a Soccer America Freshman All-American in 2009, teamed up with Perry Kitchen to help to lead the U.S. Under-20 National Team to a Milk Cup championship in Northern Ireland over the summer.

Akron, which returns eight of 11 starters from a team that went to the national championship game in 2009, picked up a 3-1 victory over VCU at Lee Jackson Field Wednesday night in front of nearly 3,000 fans in its first of two exhibition matches. The Zips, who are ranked No. 1 in the country by three of the four major polls released to date including the NSCAA and Soccer America rankings, will have one final tune-up at South Florida Saturday night before kicking off the regular season on Sept. 3 in Chapel Hill against North Carolina.

2010 SOCCER AMERICA PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS
GOALKEEPERS
 PLAYER, SCHOOL, YEAR
 Jeffrey Attinella, South Florida, Sr.
 Zac MacMath, Maryland, Jr.
 Diego Restrepo, Virginia, Sr.
 
DEFENDERS
PLAYER, SCHOOL, YEAR
 Aaron Maund, Notre Dame, Jr.
 Karl Reddick, Boston College, Sr.
 Kofi Sarkodie, Akron, Jr..
 Indy Smith, UNC Wilmington, Sr.
 Zarek Valentin, Akron, Soph.
 Bobby Warshaw, Stanford, Sr.
 
MIDFIELDERS
PLAYER, SCHOOL, YEAR
 Anthony Ampaipitakwong, Akron, Sr.
 Danny Barrera, UC Santa Barbara, Jr.
 Michael Farfan, North Carolina, Sr.
 Ethan Finlay, Creighton, Jr.
 Cole Grossman, Duke, Sr.
 Daniel Keat, Dartmouth, Sr.
 Ashley McInnes, Tulsa, Sr.
 Dillon Powers, Notre Dame, Soph.
 
FORWARDS
PLAYER, SCHOOL, YEAR
 Will Bates, Virginia, Soph.
 Matt Eliason, Northwestern, Sr.
 Ryan Kinne, Monmouth, Sr.
 Samson Malijani, Fairleigh Dickinson, Sr.
 Darlington Nagbe, Akron, Jr.
 Austin Neil, Tulsa, Jr.
 Colin Rolfe, Louisville, Jr.
 Billy Schuler, North Carolina, Jr.