Akpan Named a Finalist for Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy, Tabbed to NSCAA All-America First Team

Akpan Named a Finalist for Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy, Tabbed to NSCAA All-America First Team

Pictured: Andre Akpan scored 12 goals and handed out six assists during his senior season.
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior forward Andre Akpan of the Harvard men’s soccer team has been honored as one of three finalists for the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy, presented to the nation’s top Division I men’s soccer player.  Akpan, who was also tabbed to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) first team, is the first Harvard player to be voted a finalist for the Hermann Trophy.

A semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy for three straight seasons, Akpan , a forward, joins Corben Bone of Wake Forest and Teal Bunbury of Akron as finalists for the trophy this year. The three finalists will be invited to the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis for a news conference on Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, where the winner will be announced. A dinner and formal presentation of the award will follow the news conference that evening.

Harvard's all-time leading scorer with 127 points, Akpan also ranks first in school history with 33 assists and finished his career tied with Chris Ohiri '64 for first with 47 goals. A native of Grand Prairie, Texas, Akpan, a four-time unanimous All-Ivy League first-team honoree, was tabbed the Ivy League Player of the Year this season. Akpan has also received several national postseason honors, as he is a nominee for Soccer News Net Player of the Year and he earned a nod to the Top Drawer Soccer National Team of the Year, garnering a spot on the second team.

A co-captain of the Crimson, Akpan scored 12 goals this season to lead the Harvard offense. He also had a team-best four game-winning tallies and paced the squad with 30 points, ranking him 17th in the nation with 1.58 points per game. Akpan was honored as the Ivy League Player of the Week on two occasions this fall and scored two goals in a game on three occasions. He helped the Crimson reach as high as No. 6 in the national rankings and win its second Ivy League title in four seasons. Harvard reached the third round of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1987, defeating Monmouth, 3-0, in a second-round contest. Akpan scored a goal in victory against the Hawks, tying Ohiri for the school record. An ECAC Division I Men’s All-Star choice, Akpan also succeeded in the classroom, having garnered a spot on the Academic All-Ivy League team this year.

Akpan, who competed in the NCAA tournament during each of his four seasons at Harvard, is a three-time NSCAA All-America performer and has been tabbed to three NSCAA All-Northeast Region first teams. A two-time College Soccer News Preseason All-American, Akpan was the only underclassmen to be named to the Hermann Trophy semifinalist list after scoring 14 goals as a sophomore in 2007. During his rookie campaign in 2006, Akpan was tabbed the National Rookie of the Year by Top Drawer Soccer and was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year after setting Harvard’s freshman scoring record with 34 points on 11 goals and 12 assists, good enough to lead all freshmen in Division I.

Akpan also has international experience, as he has represented the United States at the 2007 FIFA Under-20 World Cup. Last summer, Akpan competed with the Chicago Fire Player Development team, helping the squad reach the PDL title game.