Four go straight from college to MLS starting XI on Sunday


Four players made the jump from college soccer to the Starting XI of Major League Soccer clubs during opening day games on Sunday.

MAC Hermann Trophy winner and former Stanford forward Jordan Morris started for Seattle Sounders and had a golden opportunity fall to his feet that he was unable to convert early in a match Sporting Kansas City won 1-0 against the 10-men Sounders. Former Maryland playmaker Tsubasa Endoh had a bright debut, drawing a critical penalty in Toronto FC’s 2-0 win over New York Red Bulls.

Former Georgetown right back Keegan Rosenberry was the only of the four from the Hoyas back line drafted in January to see the field on Sunday and it was in a challenging 2-0 defeat to FC Dallas. Former Stanford left back Brandon Vincent didn’t fair better with his debut in a Chicago Fire defense that conceded four goals in a 4-3 loss to New York City FC.

Six others saw the field as substitutes on Sunday. Jonathan Campbell (North Carolina) and Joey Calistri (Northwestern) came off the bench for the Fire; Hadji Barry (UCF) made his Orlando City debut and Julian Buescher (Syracuse), Fabian Herbers (Creighton) and Kip Colvey (Cal Poly) all made cameos.

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