Casey Townsend's ambitious exit plan

Originally Published: October 20, 2011
By Mechelle Voepel | ESPN.com

In December 2010, Casey Townsend and his Maryland teammates were just one step from men's soccer's College Cup. They were a No. 2 seed playing at home against No. 10 Michigan. All the advantages seemed to be in the Terps' corner.

But the Wolverines pulled the quarterfinal upset, 3-2 in double overtime. A despondent Townsend, then a junior, was left with a decision: Stay for his senior season at Maryland, or go pro?

"Losing that game did play a big role in me wanting ...

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