More than half of this year’s MLS Best XI played in college

Alumni

More than half of the players who made this year’s Major League Soccer Best XI played college soccer. A total of six college alumni are in the best XI, the most since 2009 when there were seven.

Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles was at Portland from 2002-2006, sitting out his first year as a redshirt. The Arizona native set a school record for 346 saves.

FC Dallas defender Matt Hedges started his college career at Butler in 2008 and spent three seasons with the Bulldogs before transferring to North Carolina for his final season. He was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year his last year of college en route to helping the Tar Heels win the 2011 national championship.

Sporting Kansas City midfielder Benny Feilhaber started his college career as a walk-on at UCLA in 2003 and signed a professional contract with Hamburg SV after only two seasons with the Bruins.

Columbus Crew midfielder Ethan Finlay played at Creighton from 2008-2011 and was the runner-up in MAC Hermann Trophy voting in 2012.

Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty played two seasons at North Carolina from 2004-2005 before entering the draft as a member of the 2006 Generation adidas class. He scored four goals and had 11 assists for the Tar Heels.

Kei Kamara was also a member of the 2006 Generation adidas class, out of Division II Cal State Dominguez Hills. The Columbus Crew forward from Sierra Leone played two seasons at the college that is now a neighbor to the LA Galaxy’s StubHub Center.

YearNumber of College PlayersYear Number of College Players
2015620057
2014420047
2013320037
2012420027
2011520014
2010420007
2009719997
2008719986
2007619974
2006619964

 

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