Reflecting the growing influence of the MLS youth system, Morris (Seattle), Verso (LA Galaxy), Baird (RSL AZ) and Bashti (San Jose) are all
products of MLS academy programs.
The Zips, seeded No. 4, also have a top player from the ranks of MLS's academy program. Adam Najem (New York Red Bulls) sent Akron to the final four with a free-kick goal for a 3-2 win in the 102nd minute of the quarterfinals against Creighton.
Perhaps the top MLS prospect on Akron, though, may be Canadian sophomore Richie
Laryea from the same youth club, Sigma FC, as 2015 MLS Rookie of the Year Cyle Larin.
24 Jake Fenlason Sr. San Diego, Calif.
2 Andrew Souders Sr. Amherst, Ohio
5 Danilo Radjen Sr. Broadview Heights, Ohio
18 Nate Shultz So. Cleveland, Ohio
20 Brad Ruhaak Jr. Akron, Ohio
6 Richie Laryea So. Toronto, Ont.
8 Victor Souto Jr. Brazil
10 Adam Najem Jr. Clifton, N.J.
25 Goncalo Soares Jr. Portugal
3 Sean Sepe Sr. West Islip, N.Y.
9 Stuart Holthusen So. New Zealand
7 Sam Gainford So. England
22 Robby Dambrot So. Akron, Ohio
1 Andrew Epstein Jr. Fort Collins, Colo.
3 Brandon Vincent Sr. Valencia, Calif.
4 Tomas Hilliard-Arce So. Matthews, N.C.
8 Brian Nana-Sinkam Jr. Lititz, Pa.
12 Drew Skundrich So. Lancaster, Pa.
5 Slater Meehan Sr. Soquel, Calif.
7 Ty Thompson Sr. Sacramento, Calif.
10 Corey Baird So. Escondido, Calif.
2 Foster Langsdorf So. Vancouver, Wash.
15 Eric Verso Sr. Los Angeles, Calif.
13 Jordan Morris Jr. Mercer Island, Wash.
11 Amir Bashti Fr. Cupertino, Calif.
23 Sam Werner Fr. Bozeman, Mont.