MLS Academy alumni in college soccer

MLS Academy alumni in college soccer
by Travis Clark
August 25, 2021

As MLS Academies grow and continue to evolve, college soccer remains a viable path for several players that aren’t signed immediately as a teenager.

With the new Division I men’s season kicking off, take a team-by-team look at some of the most prominent MLS Academy alumni to watch this season.

Atlanta United

Is this the year of the UCLA turnaround? The Pac-12 side has a decent roster, anchored by former U.S. U17 MNT goalkeeper Justin Garces. The Florida native played his senior year in high school with the five stripes and is one of several key players that have come through the academy there. Dirty South Soccer provides a deep look at the Atlanta United Academy products in college.

Perhaps most interestingly is that South Carolina hired former Atlanta United Academy Director Tony Annan to take over at the CUSA program.

Others to Know: D Garrison Tubbs (Wake Forest), D Charlie Asensio (Clemson), F Aldair Cortes (High Point), D Andrew Durkin (Air Force), D Kobey Stoup (Air Force). F Liam Butts (Penn State), F Thomas Toney (Yale), GK Russell Shealy (Syracuse), D Kendall Edwards (NC State), GK Collin Travasos (California), M Takuma Suzuki (Wake Forest), M Chase Oliver (Wake Forest), GK Josh Hangi (Akron), D Will Crain (Brown), F James Brighton (Clemson), M Dylan Gaither (Mercer), D Natnael McDonald (Mercer), D Luke Mitchell (Creighton), D Matthew Edwards (North Carolina), F Miguel Ramirez (Duke), M Remi Smith (Air Force)

Chicago Fire

One of the top forwards in the country, Victor Bezerra (Indiana) was a standout with the Fire before heading to school. He’ll look to lead IU back to the championship game in the fall season.

Others to Know: M Charlie Crockford (UCLA), GK Nate Crockford (UCLA), F Patrick Ajdukiewicz (Louisville), D David Mysiuk (Dartmouth), M Alan Salmeron (Marquette), GK Kyle Orciuch (Stanford), F Andrew Akindele (Wisconsin), D Jacob Graiber (UIC), D Eduardo Garcia (UIC), D Aaron Nguyen (UIC), M Andres Moreno (UIC), F Roberto Alonzo (UIC), F Josh Torres (UIC), M Francisco Espinoza (UIC)

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