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When it comes to players making the jump from college soccer to either MLS or USL, defenders have often stood a decent chance.
Standout college defenders from last year, including Chase Gasper (Minnesota), Donovan Pines (D.C. United) and Kamal Miller (Orlando) have all played decent minutes in their rookie season in Major League Soccer.
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Who are some of the senior defenders looking to make a case for selection in the next MLS Draft? Below is a look at some of the candidates.