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Stanford pair honored as soccer first team All-Americans

Tomas Hilliard-Arce (facing camera) and Foster Langsdorf were named first team All-Americans by the United Soccer Coaches. Photo by Casey Valentine/

Stanford's Tomas Hilliard-Arce and Foster Langsdorf were named United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I first team All-Americans on Thursday night. It's the third time in the last four seasons Stanford has had multiple players receive first team All-America recognition.

The duo helped the Cardinal to its third straight College Cup where it will face Akron at Talen Energy Stadium in Philadelphia, Pa. on Friday in a national semifinal at 3 p.m. on ESPNU.

Both seniors, Hilliard-Arce and Langsdorf have won a pair of national championships and four Pac-12 titles. Stanford is the country's winningest program since their freshman seasons, sporting an overall record of 63-10-13 (.808).

Also on the first team a year ago, Hilliard-Arce joins Jordan Morris and Brandon Vincent as only Cardinal to be named first team All-Americans more than once. A two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, he has led a Cardinal defense that has posted 45 shutouts among his 85 career appearances at center back.

Stanford has a 0.61 team goals against average since 2014, finished in the top 10 nationally that category the past two years and is currently second this season (0.42). The Cardinal is in the midst of an NCAA-record run of 10 consecutive postseason shutouts spanning 1,022:17 of match time. A force on set pieces, Hilliard-Arce also has 13 career goals and five assists, including four goals and three assists this season.

A second-team All-American as a junior, Langsdorf joins an exclusive list of Stanford first team All-Americans that includes Hilliard-Arce (2016, 2017), Morris (2014, 2015), Vincent (2014, 2015), Bobby Warshaw (2009), Todd Dunivant (2002), Lee Morrison (2001), Ryan Nelsen (2000) and Jamie Clark (1998).

In November, Lansgdorf became the first two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year in conference history. The league's career scoring leader with 36 goals, he is 11th nationally with 13 this season, ninth in the country in total points (32) and sixth in game-winning goals (5).

Langsdorf was fifth nationally with 15 goals a year ago and is the first Cardinal with back-to-back, double-digit goal campaigns since 1990 and 1991. Sixth in school history in career goals and alone in seventh with 84 career points, his career goal total is the most for a Stanford player in 34 years. Langsdorf has 17 career game-winning goals, including 13 the past two seasons to go along with 12 career assists.

Both Hilliard-Arce and Langsdorf are also semifinalists for the MAC Hermann Trophy and are finalists for the Senior CLASS Award.

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