Washington D.C. is both the nation’s capital and its best soccer market. Top television ratings for everything from the Champions League to the World Cup to the U.S. Women’s National Team are plenty proof of that.
But come Friday night, D.C.’s live soccer scene will be on full display with two major events taking place within ten miles of one another.
At the same time the U.S. Men’s National Team are kicking off against Peru at RFK Stadium, 6th-ranked Maryland will be doing the same in College Park -- against No. 1 UCLA.
“It’s going to be the most electric environment in college soccer all year,” long-time Maryland head coach Sasho Cirvoski promised this week. “We’re going up against [U.S. vs. Peru] and we’ll still have an overflow crowd of over 8,000 people.”
While Maryland’s Ludwig Field is known for its environment, those fans that do choose NCAA over international soccer will get much more than a raucous college crowd. Some of the nation’s best young players will be on the field as two of America’s top college programs go toe-to-toe.
“It’s going to be a great college soccer game,” said Cirovski, who has led Maryland to a pair of NCAA titles. “There will be MLS scouts from virtually every team on hand.”
Maryland enters Friday’s game with a 1-0-1 record. The Terps tied Notre Dame in their season opener before hammering St. John’s (4-0) last Sunday.
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Going into the 2018 NBA Combine, Kevin Huerter was not receiving much hype, was off many NBA Draft boards, and many assumed he was heading back to college anyways.
Playing in the first scrimmage of the combine process, all those storylines quickly changed.
Playing against players like Jacob Evans, Donte DiVincenzo, Udoka Azubuike, and Jevon Carter, Huerter emerged as one of the top stars. The two-year Maryland spot-up shooter saw 25 minutes of action and only trailed Penn State prospect Tony Carr in points on his squad.
With 14 points (5-11 FG, 3-8 three-pointers), Huerter showed development since he was last seen with the Terps. His passing was the biggest asset for his team and was not afraid to take a shot against these top defenders. The 6-7 forward also added three rebounds, an assist, and had only one turnover.
Although his shooting in-game was not fantastic, in the individual drills he showed off. Of the seven shooting marks, he ranked in the top five in five of them. He also had the best shuttle run (2.96 seconds).
No question, Huerter’s draft stock significantly rose. Although still early, he is looking to be the highest rated Terp prospect this year over Justin Jackson and Bruno Fernando.
Consensus among those at the NBA Combine seems to believe that Huerter will return for his junior season at Maryland.
After today though, it may be hard to say no.
D.J. Moore has an adorable new puppy!
Days after the Carolina Panthers selected Moore as the No. 24 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the former Maryland wide receiver returned to his roots and paid a visit to College Park.
But the first-rounder wasn’t alone when he went to Maryland. According to the Terps’ football Twitter account, he brought his new puppy with him. Seriously, look at this puppy!
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The Big Ten Receiver of the Year in 2017, Moore was obviously a crucial component of the Terps’ offense. He finished the season with 80 catches — a Maryland single-season record, which was also a Big Ten high.
He declared for the NFL Draft after his junior season with Maryland.
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