Stanford-Akron: More than Morris on show

Stanford, led by heralded U.S. international Jordan Morris, faces Akron, winner of the 2010 NCAA title in its last trip to the final four, in the second game of Friday's Men's College Cup (TV: ESPNU, 8:30 p.m. ET).

Morris leads Stanford in goals (11) and points (25) but he is hardly a one-man show for the Cardinal, which has won its three NCAA Tournament matches 3-1, 3-1 and 2-1.

Eric Verso and Corey Baird have 12 and 11 assists, respectively, senior Brandon Vincent is one of top MLS prospects at left back and freshman Amir Bashti leads the Cardinal off the bench.

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.

Akron:
PROBABLE STARTERS
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
KEY SUBS
7 Sam Gainford So. England
22 Robby Dambrot So. Akron, Ohio

Stanford:
PROBABLE STARTERS
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.
KEY SUBS
1
1 Amir Bashti Fr.
Cupertino, Calif.
23 Sam Werner Fr. Bozeman, Mont.

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