Gordon Wild, Maryland’s prolific scorer, and Ian Harkes, a Gonzaga High School graduate who captained Wake Forest to the national title match, were named men’s finalists Wednesday for the Hermann Trophy, college soccer’s most prestigious individual award.
They are joined by Florida Gulf Coast’s Albert Ruiz, a Spanish forward who led the nation with 22 goals.
The women’s finalists are Stanford’s Andi Sullivan, a Lorton, Va., resident who started in four U.S. national team matches this fall; West Virginia senior Kadeisha Buchanan, a Canadian national team defender; and senior midfielder Morgan Andrews, a member of NCAA champion Southern California.
Sullivan, a junior midfielder who tore an ACL in the NCAA tournament, attended South County High School and played for McLean Youth Soccer.
The winners will be announced Jan. 6 in St. Louis.
Wild, a German native and sophomore transfer from South Carolina-Upstate, scored 17 goals, tied for second in the nation, and was named Big Ten offensive player of the year and first-team all-American.
Unless MLS makes a formal offer in the coming weeks, he is expected to return to Maryland.
Harkes, a Fairfax resident and two-time first-team Washington Post All-Met, was a four-year starter in defensive midfield for the Demon Deacons. He posted five goals and four assists this season, including the golden goal in a semifinal victory over Denver last Friday. The No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament, Wake lost to fifth-seeded Stanford on penalty kicks in Sunday’s final in Houston.
Harkes’s father, John, is a former D.C. United and U.S. national team captain who played in two World Cups and was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 2005. He now coaches FC Cincinnati, which this year set attendance records in its first season in the third-division USL.
In 1987, as a senior at the University of Virginia, John won the MAC player of the year award, which, 15 years later, merged with the Hermann to create a unified trophy.
Ian played in United’s youth academy years ago and is apparently eligible for an MLS homegrown contract. United is expected to tender an offer this winter.
Born in England while his father was playing for Derby County, Ian holds a British passport, which would help facilitate a potential contract with a European club.