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Aug. 7, 2013

DALLAS, Texas – University of South Carolina junior midfielder Braeden Troyer was named to the 11-member 2013 Preseason All-Conference USA Men’s Soccer Team, as announced by the league office on Wednesday. Troyer is one of more than 20 all-conference players returning to C-USA teams in 2013.

Troyer earned second-team all-conference honors last season during his sophomore campaign, while he was also named to the Capital One Academic All-District 4 Team and the C-USA All-Academic Team. Troyer posted three goals and one assist for seven points in 2012. Playing nearly every minute, he also had 15 shots on the year, with six on goal. The Columbia, S.C., native scored his first goal of the season versus then-No. 25 UAB in mid-October, before also posting scores against Marshall and Memphis. Troyer has eight career goals for the Garnet and Black.

Also announced by Conference USA was the preseason poll. Tulsa was picked to win the league, followed by C-USA newcomers New Mexico and Charlotte. The Gamecocks were picked to finish seventh in the poll. Tulsa forward Christian Mata was tabbed the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year and New Mexico defender Kyle Venter earned Preseason Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Below is the preseason poll and complete student-athlete honors. South Carolina reports for preseason camp on Aug. 13 with the first exhibition on Aug. 18 versus Mercer at Stone Stadium. Visit for information on all of South Carolina’s varsity sports.

Season tickets for men’s soccer, which includes admission to all home games, are currently on sale in the Gamecock Ticket Office. Fans can purchase tickets online at, or by calling 1-800-4SC-FANS. Cost for season tickets for men’s soccer is $25 for adults and $10 for youth (17 and under).

2013 Preseason C-USA Men’s Soccer Poll
Team (1st votes)Pts
1. Tulsa (3), 92
2. New Mexico (4), 90
3. Charlotte (1), 82
4. Old Dominion, 61
5. Kentucky, 56
6. UAB (1), 55
7. South Carolina, 44 8. FIU (1), 37
9. Marshall, 23
10. Florida Atlantic, 10

2013 Preseason All-C-USA Men’s Soccer Team
Thomas Allen, D, Charlotte
Giuseppe Gentile, F, Charlotte
Tyler Gibson, M, Charlotte
Steven Perinovic, D, Kentucky
Michael Calderon, M, New Mexico
Kyle Venter, D, New Mexico
Tim Hopkinson, F, Old Dominion
Braeden Troyer, M, South Carolina
Cristian Mata, F, Tulsa
Omar Mata, M, Tulsa
Darion Copeland, D, UAB

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Cristian Mata, F, Tulsa

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Kyle Venter, D, New Mexico