UCF Knights men's soccer
|UCF Knights |
|University||University of Central Florida|
|Head Coach||Bryan Cunningham (5th year)|
|Stadium||UCF Soccer and Track Stadium |
|Colors||Black and Old Gold |
|NCAA Tournament Appearances|
|1982, 1983, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011|
|Conference Tournament Champions|
|1979, 1980, 1981, 2002, 2003, 2004|
|Conference Regular Season Champions|
The University of Central Florida Knights men's soccer program, commonly referred to as the UCF Knights, represents the University of Central Florida in National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division I. The Knights compete in Conference USA (C-USA) and play their home games on UCF's main campus in Orlando, Florida at the UCF Soccer and Track Stadium. The Knights are currently led by head coach Bryan Cunningham.
The Knights soccer program began in 1975 under Jim Rudy. The Knights went 10–4–1 that year, defeating St. Leo in their first match 8–0. In 1984, the team made the move to Division I. The Knights were nationally ranked for the first time during the 2010 season, and rose to a program high of No. 8 during the 2011 season.
The Knights have an all-time record of 332–259–51 (86–71–17).
The Knights play their home games at the UCF Soccer and Track Stadium which is apart of Knights Plaza, located on the north end of UCF's main campus in Orlando, Florida. The soccer field is made of natural grass and measures 347 feet (106 m) x 200 feet (61 m).
In 2011, the stadium was heavily renovated, boasting a 2,000 seat capacity with a new 1,475-seat stand, press box, 7,500 square feet (700 m) clubhouse, restrooms and new entrance on the west side of the facility. The original 500-seat stand was retained as a visitors' stand.
UCF has produced a number of notable soccer stars. Most notably, Eric Vasquez, Sean Johnson and Ryan McIntosh. Vasquez, who made his professional soccer debut with the Columbus Crew in Major League Soccer, later played for Miami FC in the United Soccer Leagues' First Division and the Orlando Sharks of the Major Indoor Soccer League before retiring due to injury. Former Knights Goalkeeper Ryan McIntosh initially played with D.C. United, and after a year with the D.C. United Reserve team, McIntosh signed with the Atlanta Silverbacks of USL Division One, where he led the team to the league final. Both players were a part of the 2004 Central Florida Kraze amateur soccer team that won the Premier Development League's championship by defeating the Boulder Rapids Resevers, 1-0 at the UCF soccer stadium.
Sean Johnson, another former UCF goalkeeper, joined the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer in 2010. He was a member of the United States U-20 men's national soccer team which qualified for the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt.
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