UCLA, Indiana and Akron represented well in MLS Playoffs



DeAndre Yedlin played a season at Akron
DeAndre Yedlin played a season at Akron

More than half of the players on the rosters of MLS Playoff teams played at the college level prior to going pro.

More of those former collegians played at UCLA than anywhere else. Seventeen former Bruins are on the rosters of MLS playoff teams. Indiana is second with 12 and Akron is a close third with 11, unless you count their on-loan defender Zarek Valentin and on-loan midfielder Sinisa Ubiparipovic.

Maryland has Graham Zusi and seven other alums in the playoffs, North Carolina has seven and California and Notre Dame each have six. Clint Dempsey and four others played at Furman while Connecticut, Creighton, Louisville, Portland, South Florida and St. John’s each can boast of four alumni in the playoffs.

Among the 296 players on the rosters of the 10 playoff teams, 173 played at least a season of college soccer. Most played at the Division 1 level but there are a select few with junior college, NAIA and NCAA Division II and III experience.

A total of 80 schools can claim at least one alum. Here are some of them:

Kamani Hill, Colorado Rapids; Marvell Wynne, Colorado Rapids; Chandler Hoffman, Los Angeles Galaxy; Brian Perk, Los Angeles Galaxy;
Brian Rowe, Los Angeles Galaxy; Michael Stephens, Los Angeles Galaxy; Chad Barrett, Los Angeles Galaxy; Matt Reis, New England Revolution; Kelyn Rowe, New England Revolution; Kevin Hartman, New York Red Bulls; Sal Zizzo, Portland Timbers; Tony Beltran, Real Salt Lake; Nick Rimando, Real Salt Lake; David Estrada, Seattle Sounders; Andy Rose, Seattle Sounders; Benny Feilhaber, Sporting Kansas City; Chance Myers, Sporting Kansas City

Drew Moor, Colorado Rapids *also played for Furman; Will Bruin, Houston Dynamo; Tommy Meyer, Los Angeles Galaxy; Kevin Alston, New England Revolution; Lee Nguyen, New England Revolution; Luis Soffner, New England Revolution; Eric Alexander, New York Red Bulls; Brad Ring, Portland Timbers; Rich Balchan, Real Salt Lake; Ned Grabavoy, Real Salt Lake; Eric Zavaleta, Seattle Sounders; Jacob Peterson, Sporting Kansas City

Dillon Serna, Colorado Rapids; Kofi Sarkodi, Houston Dynamo; Evan Bush, Montreal Impact; Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Montreal Impact *on loan with Minnesota United; Zarek Valentin, Montreal Impact *on loan with FK Bodø/Glimt in Norway; Scott Caldwell, New England Revolution; Darlington Nagbe, Portland Timbers; Michael Nanchoff, Portland Timbers; Ben Zemanski, Portland Timbers; Blair Gavin, Portland Timbers; DeAndre Yedlin, Seattle Sounders; Steve Zakuani, Seattle Sounders; Teal Bunbury, Sporting Kansas City

Eric Brunner, Houston Dynamo *also played for Ohio State; A.J. DeLaGarza, Los Angeles Galaxy; Omar Gonzalez, Los Angeles Galaxy; Robbie Rodgers, Los Angeles Galaxy; Rodney Wallace, Portland Timbers; John Stertzer, Real Salt Lake; Marc Bunch, Seattle Sounders *also played for Evansville; Graham Zusi, Sporting Kansas City

North Carolina
Corey Ashe, Houston Dynamo; Tyler Deric, Houston Dynamo; Stephen McCarthy, New England Revolution *also played at Santa Clara, Dax McCarty, New York Red Bulls; Michael Harrington, Portland Timbers; Enzo Martinez, Real Salt Lake; Mikey Lopez, Sporting Kansas City

Calen Carr, Houston Dynamo; Servando Carrasco, Houston Dynamo; Hector Jiminez, Los Angeles Galaxy; A.J. Soares, New England Revolution; Josh  Saunders, Real Salt Lake *also played for Cal State Fullerton; Eric Kronberg, Sporting Kansas City *also played for Fresno State

Notre Dame
Dillon Powers, Colorado Rapids; Jeb Brovsky, Montreal Impact; Bilal Duckett; Ryan Miller, Portland Timbers; Aaron Maund, Real Salt Lake; Matt Besler, Sporting Kansas City

Chris Klute, Colorado Rapids *also played at Clayton State; Drew Moor, Colorado Rapids *also played at Indiana; Ricardo Clark, Houston Dynamo; Warren Creavalle, Houston Dynamo *also played at UCF; Clint Dempsey, Seattle Sounders


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  • Tommy Howe, Director of Coaching of Sporting STL, has seven former players on MLS playoff rosters: Tommy Meyer (LA), Brad Davis and Will Bruin (Houston), Brandon Barklage (NY), Jack Jewsbury (Portland), Cole Grossman (Salt Lake)and Luis Soffner (NE). Not bad for one youth coach.

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