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There are clearly many Indiana Men’s Soccer Players playing professionally, but there are also many who chose not to go pro. This doesn’t make them any less notable, considering most of them contributed to these achievements:

NCAA Men’s Division I Soccer Championship:

  • Winners (8) – 1982, 1983, 1988, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2012
  • Runners-Up (6) – 1976, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1994, 2001

Big Ten Conference Tournament:

  • Winners (11) – 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006
  • Runners-Up (3) – 2005, 2007, 2008

Big Ten Regular Season:

  • Winners (14) – 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 20001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010
  • Runners-Up (3) – 1991, 1992, 2005

For this, we applaud all the Hoosiers that made the soccer program as notable as it is today.

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Posted: April 22, 2013 by sabeeson in IU Men's Soccer
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The IU Men’s Soccer Program is Facebook-less.

I know. I was surprised, too. You’d think that such a successful program would promote their team via Facebook, which even come before Twitter, but you’ll just have to resort to @IUMensSoccer for all your updates on the team!

Along with having a good reputation throughout Bloomington, specifically on campus, the Indiana University Men’s Soccer program leaves lasting impressions on aspiring soccer stars.

Every summer Todd Yeagley and the rest of the IU Soccer Staff hosts a soccer camp for boys between the ages of 10 and 19. The campers get to stay in the dorms and eat at the IU dining halls, getting a feel for college life.

The Indiana Soccer Camp develops players who come it at all levels of play and aim to increase their level of skill by the end of the camp. The players get a chance to train with the the best coaches at the collegiate level.

As a whole the soccer program reaches out to a broad audience, creating better soccer players at all ages and levels. Hopefully, a future Hoosier and professional are in the mix. For more information about the soccer program visit indianasoccercamp.com.

Photo Courtesy of Indiana Soccer Camps

Photo Courtesy of Indiana Soccer Camps

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Photo Courtesy of IU Men’s Soccer Twitter

One of the most useful and efficient ways to get the latest updates on Indiana University’s Men’s Soccer team is their twitter account. @IUMensSoccer provides updates to everything the team is doing.

They provide a play by play during games such as the score and scoring chances or saves. During the offseason (like now for example) the account tweets about practices and scrimmages. Most recently they have tweeted about the new star being added to the scoreboard at Armstrong Stadium.

In addition, they do a lot of promoting past players if anything substantial comes along. For example, when Luis Soffner and Eriq Zavaleta were drafted in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft they tweeted pictures and information so that fans could stay up to date. Again, as I’ve mentioned, they also took part in #GetWellKA, where the New England Revs tried to reach their fan base to get well wishes sent to their player.

The twitter account definitely gives the men’s soccer program at Indiana a good image and helps promote games etc, so that fans come out and support the team. Definitely give it a follow!

Kevin Alston, Revolution defender and Hoosier, was recently diagnosed with a rare but treatable leukemia, myelogenous leukemia. He has taken an indefinite leave of absence for treatment, but is expected to return to the team. The amount of support Alston has received from Hoosier nation proves the saying “Once a Hoosier, Always a Hoosier.”

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Photo Courtesy of IU Men’s Soccer Twitter Account

Previous players, including players who are too young to have played with him (Eriq Zavaleta), have tweeted sending their prayers to Alston. The Indiana Men’s Soccer twitter account has been retweeting the shout-outs to make the fans aware of the situation.

They even retweeted the New England Revolution’s tweet about the email address that fans can email to send him well wishes and positive thoughts.

This form of support really shows how close knit the program is and that Hoosier Nation continually supports alumnae.

If my previous posts haven’t explained the overall prestige of the IU Men’s Soccer Program you should check out this list of all of the Hoosiers that have played professionally.

As a freshman at Indiana University, Lee Nguyen already had an outstanding resume. His freshman season (2005) brought him many honors such as: National Freshman of the Year, 2005 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, only Big Ten freshman to be named to the All-Big Ten first team, unanimous selection to Big Ten All-Freshman Team, and numerous others among this caliber.

After his freshman year at Indiana, Nguyen went on to play for the Ajax Orlando Prospects and began his roller coaster of a career. The Prospects were an American soccer team that was a member of the US Leagues Premier Development League. When the team began to disintegrate, Nguyen started surveying his options overseas.

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Photo Courtesy of wvhooligan.com

This started his international career. He started in the Netherlands for PSV Eindhoven from 2007-2008. From there he traveled not too far to Denmark where he played with the Randers FC for a season in 2008. The next three seasons he played in Vietnem for Hoang Anh Gia Lai and then Becamex Binh Duong FC, where he was the highest paid athlete.

It wasn’t until 2011 that the MLS had been committed to Nguyen’s talent. In December he signed a multi-year deal with the MLS. A weighted lottery system placed in in Vancouver to play for the Whitecaps FC. He was later waived before the start of the season and picked-up by the New England Revolution, where he now plays with other former Hoosiers Alec Purdie and Kevin Alston (pictured below).

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Nick Garcia brings a new meaning to the lyrics “All I do is win, win, win, no matter what.” This Indiana Alum truly has won on all platforms.

Starting in high school in Texas, Garcia won two TAPPS state high school championships. He was selected to the to the all-district, all-state, and all-tournament teams, and was named Gatorade’s National Boys Soccer Player of the Year. At the same time, he played with the Dallas Texans youth club, a prestigious soccer club in North Texas.

By bringing his talents to Indiana University, Garcia brought championships. He won consecutive NCAA Men’s Soccer championships with the IU soccer program in 1998 and 1999. These made his all-time championship record four total… As a sophomore in college.

Garcia then signed with Project-40 and the MLS in 2000. Project-40, then sponsored by Adidas, was a program that encouraged early entry for American soccer players to sign with the MLS without a college degree, but would give scholarships to students who wished to continue with college if their professional dreams and expectations were not fulfilled.

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Image Courtesy of Dallas Texans Soccer Club

Fortunately for Garcia, he was signed 2nd overall in the 2000 MLS SuperDraft by the Kansas City Wizards.

As I’m sure you can assume by Garcia’s championship pattern, the Wizards won the MLS Cup in 2000, the first year Garcia played with them, and won the US Open Cup in 2004. During his time in Kansas City, he played in or started approximately 200 games from 2000 to 2007. However, his luck and success would not carry over to his next team.

Garcia was traded to the San Jose Earthquakes for their return to the MLS in 2008, where he became team captain. Soon after he was traded to Toronto FC, where he ended up becoming a free agent.

Garcia’s career may have ended sooner than he would have liked, but he has won 6 championships, making him a champion despite the ending of his career.

Even though Angelo DiBernardo played for Indiana from 1976-1978, he should not counted out of the greats that went through the program, in fact, he may be one of the greatest of the greats to go through the program. 

In the 1978 season, DiBernardo was given the Hermann Trophy as the top collegiate player in the country. He then left the Hoosiers to follow every players dream and go pro. His career at Indiana ended with 54 goals, 17 assists, and 125 total points. Much later after leaving the university, he was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at IU in 1991 and also selected to the Soccer America College Team of the Century. Yes, that says Century, as in 100 years, as in he was named as one of the greatest collegiate players of the 1900’s. That’s just not normal.

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Photo Courtesy of topdrawersoccer.com

DiBernardo went on to play for numerous NASL teams, such as the LA Aztecs and the New York Cosmos, but his real notoriety comes from his time with the U.S. National Team. 

Playing every national game in 1979, DiBernardo was selected to play for the 1980 Olympic Team. Unfortunately, he was not able to play due to Presidents Carter’s boycott because the Olympics were being hosted by the Soviet Union. I personally find it funny that the winter Olympics were held that year in Lake Placid, NY where the U.S. Men’s National Ice Hockey team defeated the Soviet Union to win the gold medal, but that’s completely beside the point. 

After being cut from the Cosmos because of a pay cut, DiBernardo returned to the national stage. He played for two of the United States’ games in the 1984 Olympics and then played in the qualification game for the 1985 World Cup, but lost to Costa Rica.

With a back injury ending his career while playing for an indoor soccer league with the St. Louis Steamers, DiBernardo moved onto a fulfilling career as a Spanish teacher and soccer coach at Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora, Illinois and also founded America’s Soccer Club with Rudy Keller, which is a girl’s and boy’s soccer club in Naperville, Illinois.

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Photo Courtesy of wvhs-warriorsoccercamp.com

Despite his injury, Angelo DiBernardo continued his love for soccer by contributing to youth programs and sharing his passion, an attribute that society should recognize and appreciate. 

 

 

Growing up Carlos Zavaleta’s son and Greg Vanney’s nephew, Eriq Zavaleta had soccer in his blood, literally. Carlos Zavaleta played professionally in the United States, as well as in El Salvador and Vanney played in the MLS and for the U.S. National team. Soccer was his destiny, fate, and pretty much guaranteed future. 

As a freshman in high school, Zavaleta scored 25 goals and had nine assists. His high school career at Westfield High School did not slow down, as he had 20 goals and ten assists as a senior. He then played for the Columbus Crew’s USL Super-20 Championship team in 2011.

Following his outstanding high school career, Zavaleta brought his talents to Indiana University, where he started 22 games, scored 10 goals, added five assists, and led the team with 25 points…in his FRESHMAN season. Not to mention he was also named College Soccer News All-Freshman first team, NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region first team selection, Soccer America All-Freshman first team, and Chicagoland Soccer News Player of Year in that year, as well. His success carried into his sophomore year as he started in all 24 matches, scoring 18 goals, making four assists, and again becoming the team leader in points with 40. He made the assist to teammate Nikita Kotlov, which won the Hoosiers the 2012 National Title. In this season he again was recognized in many ways such as: Big-Ten All-Tournament team, NSCAA third-team All-American, College Soccer News first-team All-American, and College Cup All-Tournament team.

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Photo Courtesy of soundersfc.com

This should come as a surprise to none of you, but Eriq Zavaleta left the Hoosiers after his sophomore season to play professional soccer in the MLS. In January of 2013, agent Ron Waxman announced that Zavaleta signed a Generation Adidas contract with the MLS, deeming him eligible for the 2013 MLS SuperDraft. With that, Zavaleta was drafted 10th overall by the Seattle Sounders FC club…again, as a sophomore.

Eriq Zavaleta has brought so much to Indiana University and, in my opinion, has only a certain amount of time before he his inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at the university. Be sure to follow him on Twitter (@_AIR_RIQ_)! He updates his life as a Sounder and often tweets about the Hoosier support!

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Eriq Zavaleta tweeting about his support for the Hoosiers in the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.