Half of MLS All-Star Roster Has College Experience
Half of the 20 players that will represent Major League Soccer in the 2013 All-Star Game in Kansas City played college soccer, providing further evidence of the NCAA’s continued relevance in North American soccer.
UCLA is the only school with more than one alumnus on the roster and a total of 10 colleges are represented in the side that will do battle with Serie A power AS Roma at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas. North Carolina, St. John’s, Notre Dame, Maryland, Indiana, St. Louis, Syracuse and Division II school Chico State each have one alumnus.
Of the other half that didn’t play college ball, four – IMG Academy grads Landon Donovan, Mike Magee and Kyle Beckerman and teenage MLS draftee Jack McInerney – are from the U.S. and one, Will Johnson, is from Canada. Peru (Raul Fernandez), France (Thierry Henry, Aurelien Collin), Italy (Marco Di Vaio) and Brazil (Camilo Sanvezzo) are also represented.
The former college players include:
- Nick Rimando – UCLA (1997-99)
- Corey Ashe – UNC (2003-06)
- Tony Beltran – St. John’s (2005), UCLA (2006-07)
- Matt Besler – Notre Dame (2005-08)
- Omar Gonzalez – Maryland (2006-08)
- DeAndre Yedlin – Akron (2011-12)
- Patrice Bernier – Syracuse (1998-99)
- Brad Davis – St. Louis (2000-01)
- Graham Zusi – Indiana (2005-08)
- Chris Wondolowski – Chico State (2001-04)