UCLA, Maryland and Akron most represented colleges in MLS


More than half of the players on the opening weekend rosters of Major League Soccer’s 19 clubs made stops at college as part of their developmental journey. When choosing which school to attend and play soccer, those players chose UCLA, Maryland and Akron as their college destination more than any other school.

UCLA and Maryland each can point to 18 players on 11 different MLS club rosters, while Akron can boast 17 players and Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter in its recruiting pitch to try and attract even more of the nation’s best teenagers to their programs.

There are a total of 521 players on MLS rosters. Of those, 310 played at least one season of college soccer, some for more than one school as transferring is common and doesn’t require sitting out a season as it does in other college sports.

Behind the three leaders are Indiana and Wake Forest with 14 players, North Carolina with 13, California with 11, Notre Dame and Creighton with nine and Louisville, UConn and UC Santa Barbara with eight. Furman and Virginia each have seven and New Mexico has six.

Players from the most represented teams are listed below.

Chivas USA – Carlos Bocanegra
Colorado Rapids – Kamani Hill, Marvell Wynne
Columbus Crew – Matt Wiet
FC Dallas – Ryan Hollingshead
LA Galaxy – Chandler Hoffman, Brian Perk, Brian Rowe
New England Revolution – Kelyn Rowe
Philadelphia Union – Amobi Okugo
Real Salt Lake – Tony Beltran, Nick Rimando
Seattle Sounders – David Estrada, Andy Rose
Sporting Kansas City – Benny Feilhaber, Chance Myers, Sal Zizzo
Vancouver Whitecamps – Jordan Harvey

Colorado Rapids – March Burch
DC United – Christian Francois, Taylor Kemp
FC Dallas – Chris Seitz, London Woodberry
Houston Dynamo – Eric Brunner
LA Galaxy – A.J. DeLaGarza, Omar Gonzalez, Robbie Rodgers
New England Revolution – Patrick Mullens
Philadelphia Union – Maurice Edu, Zac MacMath, Ethan White
Portland Timbers – Schillo Tshuma, Rodney Wallace
Real Salt Lake – John Stertzer
San Jose Earthquakes – Clarence Goodson
Toronto FC – Jeremy Hall

Colorado Rapids – Dillon Serna
Columbus Crew – Chad Barson, Ben Speas, Wil Trapp
DC United – Perry Kitchen, Chris Korb
Houston Dynamo – Kofi Sarkodie
Montreal Impact – Evan Bush
New England Revolution – Teal Bunbury, Scott Caldwell
Portland Timbers – Bryan Gallego, Darlington Nagbe, Michael Nanchoff, Steve Zakuani, Ben Zemanski
Seattle Sounders – DeAndre Yedlin
Vancouver Whitecaps – Darren Mattocks

Chivas USA – Eriq Zavaleta (on loan from Seattle)
Colorado Rapis – Drew Moor
Columbus Crew – Matt Wiet
Houston Dynamo – Will Bruin
LA Galaxy – Tommy Meyer
New England Revolution – Kevin Alson, Lee Nguyen, Luis Soffner
New York Red Bulls – Eric Alexander
Real Salt Lake – Rich Balchan, Ned Grabavoy
San Jose Earthquakes – Tommy Thompson
Sporting Kansas City – Jacob Peterson, Graham Zusi

Wake Forest
Colorado Rapids – Jared Watts
Columbus Crew – Michael Parkhurst
DC United – Collin Martin, Jalen Robinson
FC Dallas – Stephen Keel
Houston Dynamo – Anthony Arena, Michael Lisch
LA Galaxy – James Riley
Philadelphia Union – Corben Bone, Brian Carroll, Michael Lahoud,
San Jose Earthquakes – Sam Cronin
Seattle Sounders – Sean Okoli
Sporting Kansas City – Ike Opara

Chivas USA – Augustin Pelletieri
Columbus Crew – Hector Jimenez
DC United – Steven Birnbaum
FC Dallas – Andrew Jacobson
Houston Dynamo – Servando Carrasco
New England Revolution – A.J. Soares, Alex Sundly
San Jose Earthquakes – David Bingham
Sporting Kansas City – Eric Kronberg
Toronto FC – Andrew Wiedeman
Vancouver Whitecaps – Christian Dean

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