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NCAA Aug 08, 2023

NCAA Men’s Soccer Defenders to Watch during the 2023 season

KANSAS CITY, MO – United Soccer Coaches has announced the Defenders on its NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Players to Watch lists for the 2023 season.

On the men’s side, 2022 second-teamer Leo Burney of the University of Pennsylvania is the lone returner.

The lists are being released for the first time this season by the Division I All-America Committees to promote college soccer leading up to the official start date for the regular season later this month. The lists include United Soccer Coaches All-Americans and first or second team All-Region players from 2022, who are scheduled to return for the 2023 season.Here is the schedule for all of the position announcements this fall:

  • August 5 – Goalkeepers
  • August 9 – Defenders
  • August 12 – Midfielders
  • August 16 – Forwards

2023 NCAA Division I Men’s Players to Watch – Defenders

Name Class School Hometown
Nick Atkinson Sr. Army West Point Raleigh, N.C.
Hugo Bacharach Sr. Indiana University Benicassim, Spain
Zach Barrett Sr. University of Vermont Phoenixville, Pa.
Hesron Barry Sr. University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Thomas Beecham Sr. California Baptist University Newcastle, Australia
Max Broughton Sr. West Virginia University Rawtenstall, England
Leo Burney Jr. University of Pennsylvania Seattle, Wash.
Brendan Clark Sr. University of California-Riverside Pompano Beach, Fla.
Case Cox Sr. Belmont University Louisville, Ky.
Connor Drought Sr. Cornell University Mukilteo, Wash.
Emmanuel Hagan Sr. University of North Carolina-Greensboro Accra, Ghana
Timo Hummrich GR5 Fordham University Berlin, Germany
Pierce Infuso Sr. Hofstra University Merrick, N.Y.
Will Jackson Sr. University of Akron Hudson, Ohio
Franc Gamiz Quer GR5 Elon University Sabadell, Spain
Makel Rasheed GR5 Xavier University Rockville, Md.
Joel Sangwa Sr. University of Akron Phoenix, Ariz.
Tommy Silva Sr. UCLA Tucson, Ariz.
Bjarne Thiesen Sr. University of Maryland Kiel, Germany
Garrison Tubbs Sr. Wake Forest University Brunswick, Ga.
Vemund Hole Vik GR5 University of North Carolina Aalesund, Norway
Robert Winkler Sr. Long Island University Jena, Germany
Trevor Wright Jr. University of Denver Castle Rock, Colo.
Ronan Wynne Sr. University of Denver Auckland, New Zealand

*GR5 Indicates student-athletes exercising their extra year of eligibility due to COVID-19

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