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Posted on Fri, Dec 10, 2010 : 10:20 a.m.

Your guide to coverage of Michigan soccer at the College Cup

By Pete Cunningham

Is there an outbreak of soccer fever in Ann Arbor?

The Michigan soccer team has advanced to the College Cup for the first time in program history and plays Akron tonight in Santa Barbara, Calif. (11 p.m., ESPN2)

If you're caught up in the Wolverines' postseason run and want to watch the game with a fun bunch, visit Buffalo Wild Wings on State Street in Ann Arbor and join the Michigan soccer fan group, the Michigan Ultras, at their viewing party.

If you're relatively new to the college soccer scene, has put together the following guide to what's going on at the game's version of the Final Four.

• The last time Michigan lost was a 7-1 whipping at the hands of Akron on Oct. 19, and the Wolverines are seeking redemption.

• All other previous Michigan soccer coverage on can be found here.

• You can find team stats, a roster and plenty of College Cup details at You can also follow live stats and a live blog there during the game.

• The Saginaw News tracks the coaching career of Steve Burns, who once led a semi-professional team in the Saginaw area.

• The Louisville Courier-Journal looks at tonight's other semifinal, Louisville vs. North Carolina.

• Akron may be a "little guy" on the college sports scene, but reports that the Zips are a heavy hitter in college soccer.

• While Michigan is looking to advance to its first national championship game, the Zips are trying to get back to the final after losing in a penalty kick shootout to Virginia last year.

• The Wolverines don't need to shut out Akron if they hope to win, but if they allow two goals ... there's tough sledding ahead. Akron is 65-0-2 over the past five years when scoring two or more goals.

• Akron forward Darlington Nagbe has grown into a prolific goal scorer, despite playing goalie when he first started the game.

• UC Santa Barbara is hosting the College Cup, and its student newspaper, The Daily Nexus, has profiled all teams involved.

• Should the Wolverines advance to play Louisville, they'd better be ready for an offensive shootout.

• Should the Wolverines advance to play North Carolina, they'd better just be ready for a shootout, period.

• What Michigan is really hoping for is for the game to come down to a music video making contest: