Maryland looks like the favorite for the College Cup

August 15, 2009
Burns OrtizBy Maria Burns Ortiz
In my fourth year of compiling preseason rankings for men's college soccer, you'd think I'd have it down to a science. But that would defeat the very purpose.

Instead of relying on number crunching or coaches' opinions, I go on gut instinct, the occasional observation, a bit of reporting, some research and a dash of voodoo.

The result? In 2008, I had six of the final top 11 teams pegged in the preseason. No other "official poll" had more than four. But I'll be the first ...

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