Michael Stephens Named To Soccer America MVP Second Team

Dec. 17, 2008

UCLA junior midfielder Michael Stephens was named to the Soccer America MVP second team.

Stephens enjoyed his finest season to date, earning Pac-10 Player of the Year honors and NSCAA All-Far West first-team acclaim. He led UCLA in scoring with 23 points (7g, 9a), was second on the squad in goals scored and tied for first on the team and in the Pac-10 in assists. He was also named to Top Drawer Soccer's National Team of the Season.

Soccer America's MVPs were introduced in 1976 and honor the players who have had the biggest impact on their team's success regardless of position. Beginning in 2007, Soccer America selected first and second teams.

Stephens and junior goalkeeper Brian Perk are currently in training with the U.S. Under-20 Men's National Team at an eight-day camp in Sunrise, Fla. that runs from Dec. 15-22. The training camp includes a pair of friendly scrimmages against Haiti on Dec. 20 and Canada on Dec. 22.

2008 Soccer America MVPS
First Team

Neal Kitson, St. Johns, Sr.
Doug DeMartin, Michigan State, Sr.
Sam Cronin, Wake Forest, Sr.
Omar Gonzalez, Maryland, Jr.
Andrei Gotsmanov, Creighton, Sr.
Baggio Husidic, UIC, Jr.
Yohance Marshall, South Florida, Sr.
Brian Shriver, North Carolina, Sr.
Marcus Tracy, Wake Forest, Sr.
Steve Zakuani, Akron, Soph.
Graham Zusi, Maryland, Sr.

Second Team
Milos Kocic, Loyola (Md.), Jr.
Andre Akpan, Harvard, Jr.
Quincy Amarikwa, UC Davis, Sr.
Mark Blades, Northwestern, Jr.
Corben Bone, Wake Forest, Soph.
Irving Garcia, UC Irvine, Jr.
Jeremy Hall, Maryland, Jr.
Craig Henderson, Dartmouth, Sr.
Ike Opara, Wake Forest, Soph.
Michael Stephens, UCLA, Jr.
Andrew Wiedeman, California, Soph.

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