CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson United was voted the unanimous No. 1 team in the nation in the United Soccer Coaches preseason poll. The Tigers earned all eight first place votes following their 2021 National Championship winning season.
“It is another first for our program and one we are proud of," raved Head Coach Mike Noonan. "In the past few years, Clemson Men’s Soccer has attained a No. 1 final season ranking, a No. 1 RPI ranking, a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and now a No. 1 preseason ranking. We are always cognizant that the rankings at the end of the year are what is most important and we are looking forward to getting started on the 2022 season on August 26 vs Indiana at Riggs.”
Clemson is one of six ACC teams ranked in the pre-season top-25. Notre Dame earned the No. 4 spot, while Pitt begins its campaign at No. 7. Duke, Wake Forest and North Carolina round out the conference's representation at No. 12, 15 and 24, respectively.
The Tigers return All-ACC players Ousmane Sylla and Hamady Diop from their championship side, along with College Cup Offensive MVP Isaiah Reid.
Noonan's 13th season at the helm will begin on August 26 at Historic Riggs Field against eight-time NCAA Champion and No. 13 ranked Indiana in a battle of college soccer's blue bloods.
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