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Players to know from MLS-run USL squads

Article Written by Travis Clark
Published: March 15, 2018

A significant portion of the USL’s solidifying over the past five years came with the implementation of MLS reserve sides.

The path from the Academy to an MLS side via a USL contract can be rewarding (see Matthew Real, Tyler Adams and Derrick Jones as some of the examples). But it’s far from a guaranteed opportunity, even if signing directly or spending significant time on loan affords a player the chance to see minutes in league play.

MORE: Academy players set to get a USL run

The 2018 season is set to feature a variety of up-and-comers worth tracking on a variety of MLS-run USL sides.

Here are 12 youngsters to know.

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