Stroud, Ulfarsson named All-Americans by United Soccer coaches


DURHAM – Duke’s second year of men’s soccer Pierre Stroud and Thorleifur Ulfarsson were selected as All-Americans by United Soccer Coaches, as the organization announced Thursday.

Both players become the program’s first All-Americans since Daniele Proch in 2018. Ulfarsson was named to the first team, the program’s first since André Wenger in 2011, while Stroud made a third team selection. Stroud and Ulfarsson become the 37th and 38th All-Americans in program history.

In John kerr‘s Head coach at Durham, nine people have won at least one All-America honor with the Blue Devils, Stroud and Ulfarsson joining them. James belshaw, Ryan finley, Mike Grella, Sebastien ibeagha, Proch, Wenger and Brian Blanc.

Hailing from Kopavogur, Iceland, Ulfarsson crowns a highly decorated second campaign, in which he was named a semi-finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy, ACC 2021 Offensive Player of the Year, All-ACC First Team and one of the top scorers in the country. Ulfarsson finished the season with 15 goals and one assist for 31 points in just 16 games, leading the ACC in several statistical categories.

2021 ACC Midfielder of the Year Stroud had an outstanding second season, scoring four goals and four assists for 12 points, while setting a career-high in minutes played at 1,711. Stroud was named All -ACC First Team and member of the ACC All-Tournament squad, becoming one of the best two-way players in the country as an active and energetic midfielder.

The duo will be honored at the All-America Ceremony and Reception on January 22, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri, held in conjunction with the United Soccer Coaches Convention.

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