Seven former college players in Donovan’s MLS Homegrown Game roster
While it’s true that fewer stars are coming to MLS through the MLS SuperDraft, the Homegrown Player Rule hasn’t comletely eliminated college soccer from the equation. At least not yet.
Landon Donovan has included seven former college soccer players in his 22-player roster for the second edition of the MLS Homegrown Player Game to be played on July 28 in Portland. An eighth former college player, former Virginia player Jordan Allen, was scratched from the original lineup due to injury.
The former collegians include Columbus Crew and former Ohio State and Northern Illinois goalkeeper Matt Lampson, DC United and former Wake Forest defender Jalen Robinson, Toronto FC and former Michigan State midfielder Jay Chapman, Colorado Rapids and former Akron midfielder Dillon Serna, New York Red Bulls and former Duke midfielder Sean Davis, Chicago Fire and former Notre Dame midfielder Harry Shipp and San Jose Earthquakes and former Indiana forward Tommy Thompson. Click here to see the full roster.
Out of the group, only Shipp, Lampson and Davis used all four years of their eligibility. Robinson left after two seasons, Chapman after three and Serna and Thompson played just one season.
Of the 68 total Homegrown players currently in MLS, 21 have played in college. Eleven of the 23 players named to the MLS All-Star team for their game against Tottenham a day after the Homegrown Game played college soccer.