The semifinalist list for the MAC Hermann Trophy, college soccer’s equivalent of the Heisman Trophy, was named today. Included on the list was Syracuse’s stalwart centerback, Miles Robinson. The semifinalist list trims the competition to fifteen nominees each for men and women. The NSCAA will trim the list further in a few weeks to their three finalists to be present at the award ceremony at the Missouri Athletic Club (hence the MAC) on January 6, 2017.
This season has been one for the ages for Robinson. On the year, he played in ten of the squad’s record setting eleven clean sheet efforts. He has been arguably the squad’s best player during a run to the NCAA Round of Sixteen. He was also named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and is first team All-ACC as a centerback. He was named as the second best player in college soccer according to TopDrawerSoccer.com in their midseason rankings. Oh, also that minor detail of him being called up to the US Under-20 National Team. The man has been honored for many things and it’s fitting to place him on the short list for college player of the year.
Some of the other notable nominees this year that the Orange have played against include Wake Forest’s Jacori Hayes and Ian Harkes, both senior midfielders, the latter being the son of former USMNT star John Harkes and Louisville’s junior defender, Tim Kubel.
Notable former winners of the trophy include Jordan Morris, current Seattle Sounders forward in 2015, Darlington Nagbe of the Portland Timbers (2010), Patrick Mullins of DC United (2012 and 2013) and Teal Bunbury of the New England Revolution (2009). Some former US Men’s National Team stars also took home the hardware, such as Tony Meola (1989), Alexi Lalas (1991), Brad Friedel (1992) and Claudio Reyna (1993).
This nomination makes the third semifinalist for the Syracuse Orange in the past three years. Last year, Julian Buescher was named to the semifinal list. He parlayed that into a contract and some nice playing time with DC United this season. In 2014, Alex Bono was named to the finalists list, and is now playing with Toronto FC and fighting for a spot in MLS Cup this Wednesday.