August 29, 2011

Top Drawer provides its current ranking of the top 10 men's upperclassmen:

1. Kelyn Rowe, Midfielder, UCLA (Soph): Youth national team veteran is an exciting offensive talent. Rowe combines slashing runs on the ball with strong athletic ability and a good soccer brain. He knows where the goal is and how to get into a position to put the ball there.

2. Darren Mattocks, Forward, Akron (Soph.): This explosive forward fits so well into Caleb Porter's system at Akron. He has good technical speed for driving at goal, rapid acceleration for running onto through balls and the ability to turn his marker when playing with his back to goal. Look for a big year from the Jamaican.

3. Will Bates, Forward, Virginia (Junior): The Cavaliers leading scorer, Bates is a powerful striker with enormous potential. He possesses strength and is crafty in front of the goal.

4. Dillon Powers, Midfielder, Notre Dame (Junior): A two-way midfielder with an appealing blend of rugged tackling and cultured passing. The Dallas-area native's best attribute may be his field vision, which is exceptional.

5. Tyler Polak, Defender, Creighton (Soph.): A rugged defender who competes with tenacity. Polak is a staple at outside back for the Bluejays where he played more minutes than any field player for Creighton last season.

6. Eric Schoenle, Defender, West Virginia (Junior): A defender with a major upside in the form of offensive ability. Schoenle is good in the air on set pieces, but also can play with the ball at his feet, even making the occasional dribbling foray into the opposition half. The 6-foot-2 junior from the Philadelphia area has strong defensive abilities as well.

7. Tony Cascio, Midfielder, Connecticut (Senior): Playing with good size and great spirit, Cascio led the league with 10 goals last season. He is an aggressive player with a good combination of speed and technical ability.

8. Matt Hedges, Defender, North Carolina (Senior): A great presence at 6-4, and an intimidating defender who is making his transition to the ACC this season. Hedges was named the Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year for Butler in 2010, but he also has the skill to add to the attack.

9. Colin Rolfe, Forward, Louisville (Junior): Adept at scoring in transition, utilizing his attributes of speed and timing. Rolfe can smack a ball with pace and accuracy and has a consistently positive attitude about pressing forward.

10. Ian Christianson, Midfielder, Georgetown (Junior): The Hoyas' team MVP in 2010, Christianson is the gel for his team in the midfield. Possessing good speed and a great soccer brain, Christianson was second on the team in scoring last season but his contributions go beyond the boxscore.

See the Full List: College National Top 100 Players to Watch

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