The number of candidates for the MAC Hermann Trophy, college soccers top individual award, has dwindled down to 15, as the semifinalists were announced ahead of this weekends Elite Eight action.

The three finalists will be named next Friday, and the winner will be announced at the Missouri Athletic Club in St. Louis on Jan. 7. Former Akron star and current Sporting Kansas City and U.S. mens national team forward Teal Bunbury won the award last year. Here are the semifinalists:

Will Bruin, F, IndianaTony Cascio, F, ConnecticutMichael Farfan, M, North CarolinaEthan Finlay, F, CreightonCorey Hertzog, F, Penn StateAntoine Hoppenot, F, PrincetonArthur Ivo, M, Southern MethodistMatt Kassel, M, MarylandRyan Kinne, M, MonmouthDarlington Nagbe, F, AkronColin Rolfe, F, LouisvilleKofi Sarkodie, D, AkronBen Sippola, M, ButlerA.J. Soares, D, CaliforniaAndrew Wenger, D, Duke

Surprised by any names on the list? Was there anybody who didnt make the semifinal cut that you think should have? Who do you think should win the award?

Share your thoughts below.