Throughout the college season, TopDrawerSoccer.com is tracking the performances of a variety of MLS Academy products in the college ranks.
Here’s a look at some of the performances over the last week:
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MF Ian Christianson, Georgetown (Chicago Fire, Senior): The tall midfielder continued to play well and rack up heavy minutes as the Hoyas picked up another two wins over last weekend.
D Scott Lakin, Northwestern (Chicago Fire, Junior): The left back started both of Northwestern’s game over the holiday weekend, as the Wildcats were down in South Carolina, where they beat Kentucky 2-1 and drew 0-0 with South Carolina.
D Matt Wiet, UCLA (Columbus Crew, Senior): Played every minute during the Bruins’ 2-2 draw against Maryland and 1-0 win over Virginia.
MF Collin Martin, Wake Forest (D.C. United, Freshman): Martin came off the bench and played 59 minutes in Wake’s 3-1 defeat of Boston University, before returning to the starting lineup and going 76 minutes in a 1-0 defeat of West Virginia.
D Tyler Rudy, Georgetown (D.C. United, Sophomore): Rudy continued to show off his versatility, getting two starts over last weekend and playing both along the back and in the midfield.
D Mikey Ambrose, Maryland (FC Dallas, Freshman): With Taylor Kemp fighting off an injury, Ambrose started both games at left back for the Terps over the past week, a 2-2 draw against UCLA and a 6-0 win over California.
D Boyd Okwuonu, North Carolina (FC Dallas, Sophomore): One of the best CBs in the nation, Okwuonu played all 180 possible minutes over the past two games.
F Bradlee Baladez, South Carolina (FC Dallas, Junior): Northwestern and St. John’s shut out the Gamcocks attack over the weekend. Baladez managed to get a few shots on target but saw all of them saved.
MF Daniel Garcia, North Carolina (FC Dallas, Freshman): After coming on as a substitute in his first game, Garcia started both games for the Tar Heels last week, and provided an assist on the game winning goal in a 1-0 win against West Virginia.
D Sebastien Ibeagha, Duke (Houston Dynamo, Junior): A hulking center back, Ibeagha played all 180 possible minutes over last weekend, grabbing a goal and an assist along the way.
F Gyasi Zardes, CSU Bakersfield (LA Galaxy, Junior): There is little room to operate when every coach in the nation knows you are the only threat on the field. Bakersfield needs to find a way to draw some attention off Zardes or else this could be a long season.
MF Grady Howe, UCLA (LA Galaxy, Freshman): The defensive midfielder immediately stepped into a starting position with the Bruins against New Mexico in the opening game. This week, he showed his versatility with a move to right back for the game against Maryland.
F Cole Denormandie, Cincinnati (New England Revolution, Sophomore): The striker added an assist to his season tally in a 2-1 to Xavier on Sunday.
MF Scott Caldwell, Akron (New England Revolution, Senior): After logging 110 minutes in the 1-1 draw against Creighton, Caldwell started against SIU Edwardsville(m) and notched an assist in the 2-1 win.
GK Keith Cardona, Maryland (New York Red Bulls, Sophomore): It would appear that Cardona has won the No. 1 jersey in College Park after starting and playing 90 minutes in both games this past week.
F Brandon Allen, Georgetown (New York Red Bulls, Freshman): After scoring in Georgetown’s second game of the season, it’s opened the floodgates for Allen, a lethal goal scorer at the Academy level. Allen scored the game winning goals in Georgetown’s last two games, a 1-0 defeat of Cal State Northridge(m) and 2-1 win against Penn State
F Sean Okoli, Wake Forest (Seattle Sounders, Sophomore): Reduced to a substitute’s role in Wake’s games over the weekend, although he logged a combined 95 minutes in those two games.
D DeAndre Yedlin, Akron (Seattle Sounders, Sophomore): Yedlin played all 110 minutes of the 1-1 draw against Creighton, and had a chance to lighten the load on Sunday as he came in off the bench in Akron’s win against SIU Edwardsville(m).
F Jordan Rideout, UMKC (Sporting Kansas City, Sophomore): The Sporting product notched his first goal of the season with a header against Saint Louis on Saturday.
F Allando Matheson, Connecticut (Toronto FC, Sophomore): It was a big weekend for the Toronto FC product, as he came off the bench in both of UConn’s games and scored a goal, including the only one in a 1-0 win over Michigan State on Monday.