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Sounders and Crew send off big academy classes
February 8th, 2012 1:40AM

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[COLLEGE RECRUITS] The Seattle Sounders had 14 players from their under-18 team commit to college programs, while Columbus had a dozen Crew Juniors and Crew Soccer Academy products commit to Division I programs. Among the MLS academy players off to college are D.C. United's 2011 All-Development Academy U-15/16 defender Jalen Robinson, who will play at Wake Forest. Michael Ambrose and Danny Garcia from FC Dallas' 2011 U-17/18 national runner-up are headed to Maryland and North Carolina, respectively. The Crew's Andrew Souders, the 2010 NSCAA/ People to People Boys Youth Player of the Year, signed with national-power Akron. For the Sounders, Aaron Kovar will attend Stanford after being named the 2011 Gatorade Washington State Player of the Year. For MLS clubs that announced academy signings ...

Columbus Crew
Cheick Diawara, Wright State
Brett Elder, Wright State
Tom Granot, Fordham
Connor Klekota, Notre Dame
Zachary Leedom, West Virginia
Zachary Mason, Ohio State
Ryan McLaughlin, College of Charleston
Rhodes Moore, Xavier
Ray Olivarria, Ohio State
Andrew Souders, Akron
Mike Thomas, Bowling Green
David Witkoff, Georgetown

FC Dallas
Michael Ambrose, Maryland
Mark Ashby, Harvard
Danny Garcia, North Carolina
Nicholas Rochowski, New Mexico
Aaron Guillen, FGCU

D.C. United
Jalen Robinson, Wake Forest
Michael Russo, UCF
Damilola Adetola, Villanova
Jannik Eckenrode, Radford
Ryan Harmouche, George Mason
Peter Lee, Army
Sam Legg, Radford
Robert Maffei, Manhattan
Marcus Salandy-Defour, Virginia
Edgar Zepeda, George Mason

New England
Matt Bitchell, Connecticut College
Devin Devoy, Northeastern
Jack Hilger, Princeton
Nick Hoffman, Bentley
Colin Patch, Connecticut College
Forest Sisk, Amherst
Colin Sweeney, High Point
Mitchell Taintor, Rutgers
Tyler Zon, Swarthmore

San Jose Earthquakes
Samuel Engs, Pennsylvania
Wyatt McCall, Swarthmore

Seattle Sounders
Austin Curtis, Western Washington
Dominique Dismuke, Washington
Michael Gallagher, Washington
Jesse Klug, Bucknell
Aaron Kovar, Stanford
Ian Lange, Washington
Joe Mancini, Seattle University
Curtis Pederson, Western Washington
Sawyer Preston, Western Washington
Nick Raskasky, West Virginia
Jordan Schweitzer, Denver
Justin Solomon, Seattle
Austin Sweeney, Seattle
Keenan Townsend, San Diego State

Sporting Kansas City
Andrew Brown, Bradley
Eric De Julio, Creighton
Daniel Hare, Loyola, Ill.
Davis Isaacks, Rhode Island
Andrew Lightner, Dayton
Nate Oppermann, Evansville
Derek Shrick, SMU
Taylor Walter, Colgate
Evan Wright, St. Louis



2 comments
  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: February 8, 2012 at 1:23 p.m.
    Why are YOU begrudging them the opportunity to obtain a university degree? You see, being a student-athlete requires a great deal of dedication, concentration, and determination to being able to manage the high demands of being a full-time student enrolling and completing a minum of twelve university units per semester to be athletically eligible, in addition to devoting between 20-30 hours per week for training and games. Also, you see, there is a value in being a student-athlete because the number of athletes that eventually sign a professional athletic contract is very small, so if one suffers an athletic/sports career-ending injury, then aone can have his/her fall-back plan on having a professional career in his/her chosen academic field. In sum, I take my hats off to those MLS teams that boast that their "Academy players" are in fact and deed have signed with D1 programs - though I'd like to see more MLS teams listed as well as how many are going to D2, 3, and NAIA, or Community-Junior Colleges!

  1. Ric Fonseca
    commented on: February 8, 2012 at 1:28 p.m.
    Oh, and I forgot to mention that the Sounders Coach, Sigi Schmid himself was also a student-athlete at UCLA (eventually he was also the head coach there) and I am pleased to say that I know him well when he was an undergrad and I a graduate volunteer team assistant. I also know that he values being a student-athlete and I am proud that that his team has the larger number of Academy players going to university!


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