College soccer’s Final Four will take place this weekend at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester. All the teams that have made their way here are past champions, including the two-time reigning title winner. Here’s a look at the matchups, how to watch the games, and which players might be in Major League Soccer in the future.
Friday, December 8
6 p.m.: No. 9 Stanford vs. No. 5 Akron
8:45 p.m.: No. 3 North Carolina vs. No. 2 Indiana
Sunday, December 10
1 p.m.: Championship game
Tickets: Available here. All-session passes start at $45 for adults and $35 for children 14 and younger. Single-day tickets start at $33 and $23.
Past national championships
Indiana: 8 (1982, 1983, 1988, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2012)
Stanford: 2 (2015, 2016)
North Carolina: 2 (2001, 2011)
Akron: 1 (2010)
Players to watch
Defender Tomas Hilliard-Arce: Renowned college soccer scouting website TopDrawerSoccer.com calls him “the top pro prospect on display this weekend” and says he has “the speed, size and know-how to succeed in MLS.”
Forward Foster Langsdorf: The Portland Timbers academy product has been the Cardinal’s top scorer since Jordan Morris left for the pros. Langsdorf has 13 goals and six assists this year, after a 15-goal campaign in 2016.
Defender Morgan Hackworth: The son of former Union manager John Hackworth is a Union academy product in his own right. He’ll return to his old home this weekend as a stalwart on the Zips’ back line.
Forward Stuart Holthusen: He played for New Zealand at the 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup. His 12 goals this season include two in the College Cup, highlighted by an overtime winner against Wisconsin in the round of 16.
Defender Will Campbell: A Wallingford native and product of Strath Haven High and the Union academy. He is just a freshman and hasn’t played much this season. It wouldn’t be surprising if he joins the Union before graduating.
Midfielder Cameron Lindley: He’s a product of the Chicago Fire academy and a U.S. youth national team program regular, and has been on a pro track for some time.
Midfielder Griffin Dorsey: He’s reported to be a target for an offer to join MLS’ Generation Adidas program, which pays above-average salaries to college players to get them to turn pro early.
Defender Grant Lillard: The centerback anchors a stingy Hoosiers defense that has allowed just six goals in the entire season. He’s also a Fire academy product.