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NCAA, W-League and Nicole Cup

A few items to share.....

*Soccer America magazine has unveiled its NCAA preseason polls:
1. UCLA -- 2006 finalists but Zizzo is gone and others might go
2. Wake Forest -- u-20 defender Julian Valentin returns
3. Duke -- senior-dominated squad led by Michael Videira
4. UC Santa Barbara -- defending champs return a lot
5. Southern Methodist -- Brazilian influences
6. Virginia -- lost Colaluca, Soumare, Cristman to MLS
7. Maryland -- Edu, Seitz left early, but King returns
8. Santa Clara -- three Pan Am Games representatives
9. Notre Dame -- Hermann winner Lapira is back
10. St. John's -- Top three scorers return
1. North Carolina; 2. Notre Dame; 3. UCLA; 4. Portland; 5. Santa Clara; 6. Texas A&M; 7. Florida State; 8. Texas; 9. Virginia; 10. Colorado.

*The Washington Freedom will play the Atlanta Silverbacks for the USL's W-League championship Sunday at 5:30 p.m. in Rochester, N.Y. Live coverage on Fox Soccer Channel.

*The second annual Nicole Cup, a 4v4 tournament hosted by Jaime Moreno and his wife Louise, will be held Aug. 11-12 in Sterling, Va., in memory of Nicole Megaloudis, the local soccer star who was killed in an auto accident three years ago. Nicole was the step daughter of former MLS coach and current u-20 coach Thomas Rongen. There will be appearances by D.C. players, an equipment drive to support the Tahuichi Academy in Bolivia and a silent auction with items ranging from Ronaldinho and Dirk Nowitzki autographed jerseys, to Yankees and MLS Cup tickets and vacation packages. For more information, click here.

By Steve Goff  |  August 4, 2007; 8:53 PM ET
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Go Terps! That's all.

Posted by: Terp | August 4, 2007 10:13 PM | Report abuse

4 teams from the acc in the top ten, oy, i hope patrick nyarko can light it up, either us hokies or clemson should be a dark horse to win the acc this year

Posted by: hokie4ever | August 4, 2007 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Go Freedom! That's all.

Posted by: Stevan | August 4, 2007 11:53 PM | Report abuse

We'll miss the Nichole Cup this year, which is too bad because it is a lot of fun. My wife and I went to the first one and it was not only a good 'team day' type event, but that one also had a number of Chivas USA (like EZ) players there too.

Spent way too much money in the silent auction to snare a RSL away jersey and a ball signed by their initial team. But all for a good cause.

I'd recommend all who can to attend. And bring your cameras.

Posted by: seahawkdad | August 5, 2007 7:57 AM | Report abuse

Hey, Atlanta might have someone that can actually win a championship!

Posted by: RK | August 5, 2007 11:14 AM | Report abuse

This is the year Wake goes from Final Four to National Title.

Posted by: Tom | August 5, 2007 12:17 PM | Report abuse

NCAA preseason rankings -


Posted by: JMR | August 5, 2007 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Watch our for the University of Richmond this year. They're going to knock off UVA at Charlottesville and win the A10.

Posted by: Shaft` | August 5, 2007 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Where's our lineup for today's match?

Posted by: AlecW81 | August 5, 2007 2:08 PM | Report abuse

go JMU. :) Kyle Morsink, younger bro of kurt morsink KCW

Posted by: castroviejo71 | August 5, 2007 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Watch out for a very deep Hokie men's team this season. Now that I was able to get through saying that with a straight face, I wouldn't be surprised if the VT women's team pulled a few upsets this season.

Posted by: sitruc | August 5, 2007 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Freedom currently up 2-0. Why isn't there a play-by-play thread for this?

Posted by: sitruc | August 5, 2007 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Let's make this the thread. At the half, Freedom dominance near total in the middle third of the field. Atlanta can't get the ball forward except on breakaways, and the Freedom defensive speed shuts those down. Meanwhile, superb Freedom flank attacks on the right side. Could easily be 3-0 if not 4-0.

Posted by: dcca | August 5, 2007 6:48 PM | Report abuse won 3-1.

Posted by: sitruc | August 5, 2007 8:15 PM | Report abuse

WOO-HOO! Two championships in two leagues!

Were all spectators on the near side?

Posted by: I-270, Exit 1 | August 5, 2007 8:41 PM | Report abuse

What was the reasoning behind the Washington Post Sports TV Listings on Sunday NOT showing the W-League Championship as an option under the Soccer heading?

Posted by: Dsmac | August 6, 2007 9:59 AM | Report abuse

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