Taieb Selected to MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List
2018 MAC Hermann Trophy Men's Watch List
UC Santa Barbara junior defender Faouzi Taieb earned a spot on the 2018 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, it was announced by United Soccer Coaches and the Missouri Athletic Club.
Taieb is one of 32 student-athletes on the radar for the nation's most prestigious award which honors the nation's top player. He is the eighth Gaucho all-time to crack that list, joining Tyler Rosenlund (2005), Andy Iro (2006, 2007), Eric Avila (2007), Chris Pontius (2008), Sam Garza (2011) and Ismaila Jome (2014).
He is the 13th Big West player to be considered for the MAC Hermann Trophy since 2005.
Taieb, a native of Marseille, France, is a key addition on the Gaucho backline. A transfer from St. Francis Brooklyn, Taieb earned ECAC and NEC Defensive Player of the Year honors after anchoring a defense that allowed just two goals during conference play. He also was named to the All-Northeast Region First Team as a sophomore, and the NEC Rookie of the Year as a freshman.
The MAC Hermann Trophy, presented by World Wide Technology, will be announced on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis.
Fifteen semifinalists will be named near the end of the college season based on voting by NCAA Division I coaches and from those candidates, three finalists will be placed on the ballot for the coveted award.
BIG WEST REPRESENTATIVES ON MAC HERMANN TROPHY WATCH LIST
2018 – Faouzi Taieb, UC Santa Barbara
2017 – None
2016 – Nick DePuy, UC Santa Barbara
2015 – Chase Minter, Cal Poly
2014 – Sagi Lev-Ari, CSUN
Ismaila Jome, UC Santa Barbara
2013 – Mackenzie Pridham, Cal Poly
2012 – None
2011 – Sam Garza, UC Santa Barbara
2010 – Spencer Thompson, UC Irvine
2009 – Patrick Sigler, Cal Poly
2008 – Chris Pontius, UC Santa Barbara
2007 – Andy Iro, UC Santa Barbara
Eric Avila, UC Santa Barbara
2006 – Andy Iro, UC Santa Barbara
2005 – Tyler Rosenlund, UC Santa Barbara