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Tennyson To Contend For Missouri Athletic Club Award
By: UCLA Athletics

Oct. 2, 2000

St. Louis, Mo. - UCLA men's soccer standout McKinley Tennyson Jr. (Indianapolis, IN) has been announced as a candidate for the 15th annual Missouri Athletic Club Collegiate Player of the Year award, the official National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas award for Division I player.

Tennyson, a 6-2 senior forward who was also selected as a finalist for the Hermann Trophy, has been one of the nation's leaders in scoring this season with nine goals and 18 points in just seven games. Last season, Tennyson tied for the team and conference lead in goals scored with 12 and ranked second in total points with 31. He has recorded 34 career goals and 86 career points. Tennyson was a second-team all-conference selection in 1999 and a Soccer America All-Freshman selection in 1997. At the 1997 NCAA Semifinals, he scored the game's only goal in the third overtime to defeat Indiana 1-0, and he assisted on the final goal in the championship game to help the Bruins win the NCAA title. His heroics in the tournament earned him Final Four All-Tournament honors.

The winner of the M.A.C. Award will be selected in balloting by NSCAA member Division I coaches and will be honored at an awards banquet at the Missouri Athletic Club on Friday, Jan. 5, 2001 and at the NSCAA convention later in January in Indianapolis.

In addition to selecting the 15 candidates for the M.A.C. Award, coaches also identified five "players to watch" during the season. Included amongst the five were UCLA freshman defender Alex Yi (Easton, MD). Yi, a member of the U.S. U-20 National Team, has started all eight games for the Bruins in 2000 and has totaled one assist while leading the Bruin defense to five shutouts.

2000 M.A.C. Award Candidates
Carl Bussey, SMU
Jason Cole, Saint Louis
Ali Curtis, Duke
Nick Downing, Maryland
Mohamed Fahim, SMU
Chris Gbandi, UConn
T.J. Hannig, Indiana
Jack Jewsbury, Saint Louis
Ryan Mack, Indiana
Lee Morrison, Stanford
Pat Noonan, Indiana
Brent Rahim, UConn
McKinley Tennyson Jr., UCLA
Ryan Trout, Virginia
Ricardo Villar, Penn State

2000 "Players to Watch"
Conor Casey, Portland
Brad Davis, Saint Louis
Kyle Martino, Virginia
Flavio Monteiro, UAB
Alex Yi, UCLA

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