Academy Players to Watch in MLS NEXT Pro

Academy Players to Watch in MLS NEXT Pro
by Travis Clark
March 24, 2023
Players featured in this article:
MF | Colorado Rapids
MF | Crew Academy
Sawyer Jura |  2024
D | Portland Timbers
Josh Maher |  2024
Cole Mrowka |  2024
MF | Crew Academy
Ian Shaul |  2024
MF | Hartford Athletic
Adem Sipic |  2024
F | Nashville SC
MF | Dynamo
Eli Wachs |  2024
MF | Oakland Roots

In an effort to smooth out the pathway from the academy to first team, MLS launched its own league, MLS NEXT Pro last year.

The results were mixed in terms of overall quality – a high level men’s college program tends to feature better play – though the identification process has helped players earn first-team contracts.

It’s also an outlet for academy players to get a first taste of a pro environment. This season, which begins this weekend, will prove to be no different. Here’s a look at some of the academy players to watch that should feature.

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