South Carolina Gamecocks men's soccer
|South Carolina Gamecocks|
|University||University of South Carolina|
|Head coach||Mark Berson (38th season)|
|Stadium||Stone Stadium |
|Colors||Garnet and Black|
|NCAA Tournament runner-up|
|NCAA Tournament College Cup|
|NCAA Tournament appearances|
|1979, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016|
|Conference Tournament championships|
|C-USA: 2005, 2010|
|Conference Regular Season championships|
|Metro: 1993 |
The South Carolina Gamecocks men's soccer team represents the University of South Carolina and competes in Conference USA. The team has been coached by Mark Berson since its inception in 1978 and has participated in 20 NCAA Tournaments, reaching the Quarterfinals on four occasions. Since 1981, South Carolina has played its home games at Stone Stadium, which is affectionately called "The Graveyard" by South Carolina fans due to an adjoining cemetery.
South Carolina first fielded a Men's soccer team in 1978 under the direction of current coach Mark Berson. The program wasted little time making a name for itself on the national stage, as it reached the NCAA Quarterfinals in 1985. The 14-year period from 1985 to 1998 was a dominant era for South Carolina, as it posted a 213–61–22 overall record with 12 NCAA Tournament appearances. Of the 12 NCAA Tournament trips during this run, the Gamecocks advanced to the Second Round or beyond on nine occasions.
Throughout its history, South Carolina has made 22 NCAA Tournaments, with four Quarterfinal appearances, two Semi-final appearances, and a 1993 National Runner-up finish. The 1993 squad won 16 contests before falling to Virginia 2–0 in the National Title game. The Gamecocks' most recent NCAA Tournament appearance came in 2016. Since the SEC does not sponsor NCAA Men's Soccer, South Carolina has participated as an Independent (even in its original years in the Metro Conference), finally joining the Metro for men's soccer in 1993 and 1994, but was forced back to independent status following the 1995 reunification with the Great Midwest Conference to form Conference USA until 2005, when Kentucky left the Mid-American Conference in order to allow the two SEC schools to play in Conference USA together.
In terms of conference championships, South Carolina won the Metro Conference season title in 1993 and the Conference USA tournament in 2005 and 2010, along with its regular season title in 2011.
All-Time career leaders
Single season records
Notable former players
- Joshua Alcala – Free Agent
- Bradlee Baladez – FC Dallas
- Blake Brettschneider – Rochester Rhinos
- Brad Guzan – Atlanta United, United States men's national soccer team
- Tim Hankinson – Head coach of Indy Eleven
- Makan Hislop – United Petrotrin, Trinidad and Tobago national football team
- Jimmy Maurer – New York Cosmos
- Janny Rivera – Atlanta Silverbacks
- Tyler Ruthven – Miami FC
- Joey Worthen – Head coach of Florida Atlantic Men's Soccer Team
- Braeden Troyer – Richmond Kickers
- Clint Mathis – Los Angeles Galaxy, New York Red Bulls, Hannover 96, Colorado Rapids, Ergotelis, Real Salt Lake; Former member of US National Team
- Josh Wolff – Sporting Kansas City, 1860 Munich, D.C. United; Former member of US National Team
- Warren Lipka – Played for Maryland Bays in the ASL; Former US women's youth national team assistant
- Doug Allsion – Played 5 seasons in the NPSL; Current Furman men's soccer coach
- Paul Turin – Played for the Tulsa Roughnecks of the NASL
- Henry Ring – Chicago Fire
- Clark Brisson – Charleston Battery
- Rob Smith – Columbus Crew
- Rubén Tufiño – Played in Liga de Fútbol Profesional Boliviano, most notably with Blooming and Bolivar; earned 35 caps for Bolivian National Team
- Mike Gosselin – earned one cap for US National Team
- Billy Clifford – played three seasons for the Jacksonville Cyclones
- Ray Vigliotti – Played for the Miami Americans of the ASL; played for the New York Arrows, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Baltimore Blast, and Wichita Wings of the Major Indoor Soccer League
- Richard Wurdack – Played for the Denver Avalanche and Kansas City Comets of the Major Indoor Soccer League
- Warren Lipka – Played for the Fort Wayne Flames, Indiana Kick, and the Detroit Rockers of the American Indoor Soccer Association
- Scott Cook – Played for the Maryland Bays of the American Professional Soccer League
- Charles Arndt – Played for the Maryland Bays of the ASL
In other fields
- "Colors – Communications and Public Affairs | University of South Carolina". Retrieved July 16, 2019.
- "University of South Carolina Official Athletic Site". Gamecocksonline.com. Retrieved 2015-04-26.
- "Stone Stadium Review". stadiumjourney.com. Retrieved 2015-04-26.