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Dec. 3, 2004

COLUMBIA, S.C. – For the second straight season, University of South Carolina goalkeeper Brad Guzan has been selected to the National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America All-South Region team, the organization announced Friday. Guzan, a sophomore, is the goalkeeper on the first team.

A native of Homer Glen, Ill., where he attended Providence Catholic High School, Guzan served as a team captain for the Gamecocks this season. He registered a 1.34 goals-against average and posted five shutouts for a USC team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 17th time in school history. Guzan also collected 104 saves during the campaign, the third-most ever in a season by a South Carolina goalkeeper. As an All-Region selection, Guzan is now eligible for All-America consideration.

Guzan is also one of 15 semifinalists for the 2004 Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy, which honors college soccer’s national player of the year. Three finalists for the award will be announced at the NCAA College Cup next weekend in Carson, Calif., and the winner will then be revealed on Jan. 7, 2005, at a press conference held in St. Louis. The finalists and winner are determined by a vote of NSCAA Division I member coaches.

During its 27 seasons sponsoring varsity men’s soccer, South Carolina has had 54 selections to the All-South Region team under head coach Mark Berson. In every season since 1983, at least one Gamecock player has appeared on the team. Currently, the NSCAA honors 33 student-athletes on three teams. A total of 29 schools comprise the South Region, which is arguably the toughest region in the country.

USC finished the 2004 season with a 12-7-1 record after falling in first round of the NCAA Tournament to College of Charleston.