The final weekend of the college soccer season is upon us, which means one last chance to get a look at some of the stars of the college game who might have their names called in the MLS SuperDraft come January.
USMNT forward Jordan Morris isn't one of those players - and the Seattle Sounders Academy alum may or may not be playing in MLS next season - but he's still the player to watch this weekend as he tries to lead the Stanford Cardinal to their first ever national title.
He isn't the only Cardinal to keep an eye on though when they square off against Akron on Friday night.
Senior defender Brandon Vincent is one of the top prospects for the SuperDraft and depending on when he goes could possibly be the left back Union fans have been wanting for so long. Vincent showed his skill on both sides of the field in the quarterfinal win over Wake Forest, but also missed a penalty he drew to give the Demon Deacons a second life in overtime.
Foster Langsdorf, who ended up scoring the game-winner to beat Wake Forest with his head, is another offensive weapon. The sophomore forward out of the Portland Timbers Academy is second on the team in goals with 7. The guy who assisted Langsdorf's goal is a Real Salt Lake Academy alum - Corey Baird - who leads the team with 11 assists.
Off the bench, you'll want to keep an eye on Amir Bashti, a freshman out of the San Jose Earthquakes Academy who has four goals and two assists in his first season.
Two names you won't hear as much are a couple of defenders who played together for PA Classics in the Development Academy - Brian Nana-Sinkam and Drew Skundrich. Nana-Sinkam is a junior from Lititz and Skundrich is a sophomore from Lancaster.
Akron already has had a huge impact on MLS with the number of stars it has produced (Darlington Nagbe, DeAndre Yedlin, Wil Trapp to name a few) and has a strong core of players with next-level potential in Adam Najem, Richie Laryea, Sam Gainford, Stuart Holthusen and Victor Souto. The five players have combined to score 45 goals this season for the Zips.
Najem is a junior out of the New York Red Bulls Academy, Holthusen a sophomore from New Zealand, Souto a junior from Brazil, Gainford a sophomore from England and Laryea a sophomore from Canada. Laryea is a potential Generation adidas target for this year so he could be available for selection in the SuperDraft.
Syracuse is the only team in this year's College Cup that hasn't been before and they're also the only team with ties to the Philadelphia Union Academy. Freshmen Morgan Hackworth and Chris Gomez both played in the Development Academy with the U18 team and junior reserve forward Kenny Lassiter was a member of the team that won the 2012 Generation adidas Cup. Lassiter has played 18 games this season and made one start, but Hackworth has only seen the field six times and Gomez is still waiting to make his debut.
The stars of the Orange are sophomore midfielder Julian Bueschner (8 goals, 11 assists), a technically gifted German who spent time with the German U16 and U18 teams before coming to the states, and junior Ben Polk, who leads the team with 12 goals. Polk transferred to Syracuse this season from junior college and is originally from England so comparisons to Dom Dwyer are unavoidable. He's been at his best in the postseason, scoring five goals in the ACC and NCAA tournaments.
Clemson is a team loaded with international talent and experience.
Senior defender Kyle Fisher and senior forward TJ Casner should both go early in the draft, but the talent on this team runs deep. Paul Clowes, a senior midfielder from England who played at Manchester City from age 6 to 18 was the ACC midfielder of the year this season. Thales Moreno and Diego Campus both had strong games in the quarterfinal win over Maryland and Kyle Murphy was second on the team with eight goals.
Top to bottom, Clemson is probably the most well-balanced and experienced team left in the tournament, which should make them a favorite to win it all even against a star-studded Stanford or Akron team in the final.