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Zips ranked No. 1 in preseason poll by Goal.com

By Michael Beaven Published: August 3, 2011

The defending NCAA national champion University of Akron men's soccer team is ranked No. 1 in a preseason poll conducted by Goal.com.

The Zips, who start the regular season later this month, won the school's first team national title in any sport last season.

UCLA is ranked No. 2. North Carolina, a College Cup participant last year, is No. 3 and last year's runner-up, Louisville, is No. 4.

SMU, Indiana, Notre Dame, Creighton, Georgetown and Maryland round out the top 10.

Zips coach Caleb Porter will rely on four returning starters; sophomore forward Darren Mattocks, junior defender Chad Barson, junior goal keeper David Meves and junior midfielder Scott Caldwell.

Okay, UA men's soccer fans here are 10 questions for you. Please give your answers in the comments section:

1. Which new UA player(s) are you most looking forward to seeing play this year?

2. Which new UA player(s) will have the greatest impact on this year's team?

3. What are your expectations for this year's team?

4. Which former UA player(s) from last year will be missed the most this year?

5. Of the four returning Zips starters, who do you think will make the biggest improvement this year?

6. Will UA repeat as the national champion this year?

7. Can coach Caleb Porter continue to have the Zips play the "dominant soccer" brand that has made them so successful?

8.  Who is the most exciting player the Zips have produced in Porter's tenure?

9. Which opponent are you most pumped up to see the Zips play this year?

10. What are your most memorable moments from last year's team?

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