As is standard this time of year, the NSCAA has named their All-Region squads for the 2016 college soccer season. The Syracuse Orange landed three players on the teams this year. Miles Robinson took home first team All-South Region honors for his sophomore campaign. Freshman Mo Adams, the defensive midfielder for the team took home All-South second team recognition. Chris Nanco finished off his Syracuse career with All-South third team honors. The three continue the run of post season honors for the Orange on the 2016 campaign.
A sophomore, Robinson is racking up the honors at this point. In addition to being a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, Miles has also snagged the All-ACC First Team nod, ACC Defensive Player of the Year award, ECAC First Team honors and this All-South nod. I can only assume he'll end up on the All-America squads when they're announced when push comes to shove. Not bad for a kid halfway through his sophomore year on the hill. Not bad at all.
Senior Nanco lead the team in scoring as well as goals on the year. He puts a cap on a very solid career for the Orange with the All-Region nod and a first team All-ACC campaign. Overall a great year for the senior and he may be able to parlay this into something at the next level. You can't teach speed and Chris has tons of it to compliment his on the ball talents.
The final honoree was Mo Adams, the freshman holding midfielder for the squad earning a second team spot. Often an unsung position, it was good to see credit being given to Adams. Full disclosure, I'm a sucker for a No. 6 that plays solidly in the vein of Claude Makélélé. While Makélélé was a master of the position, Adams is finding his role with his ability to put in a tackle and spring a smart pass with composure. He was also honored as third team All-ACC on the year.
Last year we had two honorees for the All-South team. Both Julian Buescher and Ben Polk made the squads on the season. Buescher is now playing with DC United in MLS and Polk played with Portland Timbers II last year, moving to Orlando City II as of earlier this week.
As an aside, I still have no idea how the Syracuse Orange are part of the All-South Region. I can only assume it's a function of the ACC. "Thanks, conference realignment."