Who's who: This weekend's NCAA Division I Men's Sweet 16

The NCAA Division I Men's Tournament moves into the round of 16 with eight games this weekend.

The field includes three-time defending champion Stanford, 2017 runner-up Indiana, five teams from the ACC, including No. 1 seed Wake Forest, and such upstarts as unbeaten St. Mary's and Lipscomb, which has never previously advanced to the round of 16.

Where are they getting their players these days? Probably the one thing that stands out from a look at the starting lineups from last Sunday's second-round games is how prevalent is the use of foreign players. Also, more and more players are products of MLS academies.

Foreign connection. Of the 16 teams left in the tournament, all but two -- Indiana and Air Force -- started at least one foreign player last Sunday, and nine -- more than half the remaining field -- started at least four foreigners. In all, almost 29 percent of the starters are foreigners (including five Canadians).

The ACC produced many national team stars in the 1980s and 1990s -- Tab Ramos, Bruce MurrayJohn Harkes, Tony Meola, Claudio Reyna and Eddie Pope, to name a few -- but its programs have increasingly turned to foreign talent as the American players they used to attract turn pro out of high school. The five ACC teams still alive started a combined 19 foreigners: six at Virginia Tech, five at Virginia, four at Duke and two apiece at Wake Forest and Notre Dame.

A few foreigners are players who have come to play at U.S. boarding schools, but most have been imported from Europe, where networks have been organized to promote the movement of young players.

They include services operated by Vertez Soccer in England and FFFUSA -- backed by the French federation as part of its partnership with MLS -- in France that send dozens of players to the USA as pro clubs increasingly concerned about their images want to find opportunities for academy players who might not be good enough to make it as full pros.

MLS academies. Almost 19 percent of the Sweet 16 starters are products of MLS academies. The Philadelphia Union leads all teams with seven graduates spread over seven different teams. The New York Red Bulls have five and the Columbus Crew has four. (Those players don't include players from affiliate clubs like Michigan-based Crew SC Wolves, who contribute the entire starting midfield at Michigan State.)

Notable is the growing number of MLS academy products who were residents -- moving from their homes to train full-time at MLS academies -- and the number of players who got a chance to play on MLS second teams in the USL without losing their NCAA eligibility. (Three of Georgetown's four starting midfielders have USL experience.)

More generally, Development Academy programs contribute a little more than three-quarters of the starters who have come through the U.S. youth clubs system.

Note: Starters were from last Sunday's second-round games. Clubs are those at which a player last played.

#1 Wake Forest
Goalkeeper
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Andreu Cases Mundet, Jr. (Spain)
Defenders
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Michael DeShields, Soph. (Maryland, Baltimore Celtic)
Logan Gdula, Sr. (Connecticut, Oakwood Academy)
Eddie Folds, Jr. (Ohio, Columbus Crew)
Sam Raben, Sr. (Colorado, Colorado Rapids)
Midfielders
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Aristotle Zarris, Fr. (Florida, LA Galaxy)
Bruno Lapa, Jr. (Brazil)
Brad Dunwell, Sr. (Michigan, Chicago Fire)
Joey DeZart, Jr. (New Jersey, Philadelphia Union)
Omir Fernandez, Soph. (New York, NY Red Bulls)
Forward
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Machop Chol, Soph. (Georgia, Atlanta United)

#2 Indiana

Goalkeeper
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
*Trey Muse
, Soph. (Kentucky/Seattle Sounders FC)
Defenders
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Timmy Mehl, Sr. (California, Fram SC)
*Jack Maher, Fr. (Illinois, St. Louis FC)
Andrew Gutman, Sr. (Illinois, Chicago Fire)
Rece Buckmaster, Sr. (Indiana, Indiana Fire)
Midfielders
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Cory Thomas
, Sr.  (Indiana, Javanon)
Austin Panchot, Sr. (Missouri, St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri)
Francesco Moore, Sr. (Illinois, Chicago Magic PSG)
Griffin Dorsey, Soph. (Colorado, Colorado Rush)
Jeremiah Gutjahr, Sr. (Indiana, Indiana Fire)
Forward
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Trevor Swartz
, Sr. (California, California Development Acad.)
*Played in USL.
Note: Justin Rennicks was with the U.S. U-20 national team at the Concacaf championship.

#3 Kentucky
Goalkeeper
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Enrique Facusse, Soph. (Honduras, Montverde Academy)
Defenders
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Cole Guidon, Fr. (Texas, FC Dallas)
Tanner Hummel, Sr. (Georgia, Georgia United)
Leon Jones, Soph. (Scotland)
Aime Mabika, Soph. (Kentucky, Lexington FC)
Midfielders
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Kalil Elmedkhar, Soph. (Delaware, Philadelphia Union)
Nicolai Fremstad, Fr. (Norway)
Marcel Meinzer, Fr. (Germany)
Bailey Rouse, Soph. (Colorado, Colorado Rush)
Forwards
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Daniel Evans, Fr. (Texas, FC Dallas)
JJ Williams, Jr. (Alabama, Vestavia Hills)

#6 Duke
Goalkeeper
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Will Pulisic, Soph. (Virginia, Richmond United)
Defenders
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
*Aedan Stanley, Fr. (Illinois, St. Louis FC)
Ian Murphy, Fr. (California, FC Golden State)
Matthias Frick, So. (Austria)
Midfielders
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Ciaran McKenna, Sr. (Scotland)
Daniele Proch, Jr. (Italy)
Kristofer Gardarsson, Soph. (Iceland)
*Issa Rayyan, Fr. (Michigan, Philadelphia Union)
Brandon Williamson, Jr. (Virginia, D.C. United)
Jack Doran, Jr. (Massachusetts, FC Boston Bolts)
Forwards
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Daniel Wright, Soph. (Michigan, Crew SC Wolves)
*Played in USL.

#7 Notre Dame
Goalkeeper
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Duncan Turnbull, Jr. (Illinois, Sockers FC)
Defenders
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Philip Quinton, Fr. (Oregon, FC Portland)
Felicien Dumas, Sr. (Japan)
Sean Dedrick, Sr. (Connecticut, Beachside)
Midfielders
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Jack Casey, Jr. (New Jersey, PDA)
Blake Townes, Sr. (Michigan, Crew SC Wolves)
Tommy McCabe, Jr. (New Jersey, PDA)
Forwards
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Sean MacLeod, Sr. (Scotland)
Thomas Ueland, Sr. (Kentucky,  Lexington FC)
Ian Aschieris, Sr. (California, Surf Soccer)
Patrick Berneski, Sr. (Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Union)

#8 St. Mary's
Goalkeeper
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Remi Prieur, Sr. (California,  San Jose Earthquakes)
Defenders
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Filippo Zattarin, Soph. (Italy)
Valentin Sponer, Soph. (Germany)
Jeremiah Michael, Jr. (Colorado, Colorado Rush)
James Person, Fr. (California, Diablo FC)
Midfielders
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Jakub Svehlik, Jr. (Czech Republic)
Stephen Dougherty, Sr. (California, Diablo FC)
Forwards
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Joseph Restani, Jr. (California, Sac Republic FC)
Anders Engebretsen, Jr. (Norway)
Sebastian Schacht, Fr. (New Zealand)
Jake Rudel, Jr. (Colorado, Fort Collins Arsenal)

#9 Stanford
Goalkeeper
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Andrew Thomas, Fr. (England)
Defenders
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Tanner Beason, Jr. (North Carolina, NC Fusion)
Adam Mosharrafa, Sr. (Arizona, Scottsdale Blackhawks)
Ryan Ludwick, Fr. (Pennsylvania, PA Classics)
Andre Aprahamian, Fr. (Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Union)
Midfielders
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Derek Waldeck, Jr. (California, Real So Cal)
Will Richmond, Fr. (California, San Jose Earthquakes)
Jared Gilbey, Jr. (New York, NY Red Bulls)
Forwards
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Charlie Wehan, Soph. (California, Strikers FC)
Amir Bashti, Sr. (California, San Jose Earthquakes)
Zach Ryan, Fr. (New York, NY Red Bulls)



#10 Virginia
Goalkeeper
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Marcel DaSilva, Jr. (Florida, Shattuck St. Mary’s)
Defenders
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Prosper Figbe, Sr. (Nigeria, Loomis-Chaffee School)
Henry Kessler, Soph. (New York, Beachside)
Aboubacar Keita, Fr. (Ohio, Columbus Crew)
Irakoze Donasiyano, Soph. (Virginia, Roanoke Star)
Midfielders
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Joe Bell, Soph. (New Zealand)
Cabrel Happi Kamseu, Fr. (Zimbabwe, Deerfield Academy)
Robin Afamefuna, Jr. (Germany)
Forwards
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Simeon Okoro, Sr. (Connecticut, Beachside)
Daryl Dike, Fr. (Oklahoma, Okla. Energy FC)
Nathaniel Crofts, Soph. (England)

#11 Maryland
Goalkeeper
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Dayne St. Clair, Jr. (Ontario, Vaughan SC)
Defenders
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Donovan Pines, Jr. (Maryland, D.C, United)
Johannes Bergmann, Jr. (Germany)
Ben Di Rosa, Soph. (Washington, D.C., Bethesda SC)
Chase Gasper, Sr. (Virginia, Bethesda SC)
Midfielders
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Amar Sejdic, Sr. (Kentucky, RSL Arizona)
Andrew Samuels, Sr. (Florida, Clearwater Chargers)
Eli Crognale, Jr. (Ohio, Columbus Crew)
Forwards
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
William James Herve, Fr. (France)
Sebastian Elney, Sr. (Florida, Philadelphia Union)
Paul Bin, Jr. (South Korea, RSL Arizona)

#12 Virginia Tech
Goalkeeper
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Mathijs  Swaneveld, Soph. (Netherlands)
Defenders
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Will Mejia, Soph. (Virginia, Arlington Strikers)
Sivert Haugli
, Fr. (Norway)
Jon Ingason, Soph. (Iceland)
Jakob Bluemler, Soph. (Germany)
Midfielders
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
David Sanz, Jr. (Spain)
Nikal Clarke-Smith, Soph. (Ontario, Boltom Wanderers SC)
Kristo Strickler, Soph. (Ohio, Blast FC)
Forwards
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Brendan Moyers, Jr. (Virginia, SOCA)
Nico Quashie, Jr. (Virginia, BFC Barca)
James Kasak
, Jr. (Virginia SOCA)

#13 Georgetown
Goalkeeper
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Ethan Koehler, Soph. (New Jersey, PDA)
Defenders
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Peter Schropp, Sr. (Nebraska, Omaha FC)
Sean O'Hearn, Soph. (Pennsylvania, PA Classic)
Brendan McDonough, Sr. (North Carolina, Carolina Rapids)
Dylan Nealis, Jr. (New York, BW Gottschee)
Midfielders
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
*Ethan Lochner
, Sr. (New York, NY Red Bulls)
*Kyle Zajec, Sr. (Connecticut, NY Red Bulls)
*Jacob Montes, Soph. (Florida, Portland Timbers)
Sean Zawadzki, Fr. (Ohio, Columbus Crew)
Forwards
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Derek Dodson
, Soph. (Illinois,  Sockers FC)
Achara, Jr. (Nigeria, Berkshire School)
*Played in USL.

Akron
Goalkeeper
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Ben Lundt, Sr. (Germany)
Defenders
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Carlo Ritaccio, Fr. (New York, BW Gottschee)
Marco Milanese
, Fr. (Italy)
David Strachan
, Soph. (Ohio,  Internationals SC)
Abdi Mohamed
, Sr. (Ohio, Classic Eagles)
Midfielders
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Skye Harter
, Jr. (Ohio,  Internationals SC)
Morgan Hackworth
, Sr. (Pennslyvania, Philadelphia Union)
Colin Biros
, Fr. (Ohio, Columbus Crew)
Sam Tojaga
, Fr. (Pennsylvania, Real Salt Lake)
Forwards
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
David Egbo
, Soph. (Nigeria, Century Soccer)
Marcel Zajac, Jr. (Ontario, Sigma FC)

Air Force
Goalkeeper
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Andrea Seazzu, Jr. (New Mexico, Rio Rapids)
Defenders
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Joe Ortiz, Soph. (New Mexico, New Mexico Rush)
David Louthan, Sr. (Colorado, Pride SC)
James Sims, Sr. (Colorado, Pride SC)
Nick Blessing, Jr. (Texas, Solar Chelsea)
Midfielders
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Luis Martinez, Sr. (Texas, Lonestar)
Tucker Bone, Sr. (California, Sacramento United)
Danny Han, Sr. (Washington,  Crossfire)
Reece Cooke, Soph. (Virginia, Loudoun SC)
Forwards
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Klint Parker, Sr. (North Carolina, Charlotte Soccer Academy)
Justin Dewing, Sr. (Colorado, Pride SC)

James Madison
Goalkeeper
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
TJ Bush, Soph. (Virginia, SYA Strikers)
Defenders
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Shaun McKenna, Soph. (Virginia, D.C. United)
Petur Thorsteinsson, Soph. (Iceland)
Thomas Shores, Sr. (Alberta, FC Edmonton)
Tom Judge, Soph. (New Jersey, NJCSA Marlboro)
Midfielders
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Niclas Mohr, Jr. (Germany)
Manuel Ferriol, Jr. (Spain)
Yannick Franz, Gr. (Germany)
Forwards
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Aaron Ward-Baptiste, Fr. (England)
Billy Metzler, Sr. (Virginia, Annandale United)
Fernando Casero, Jr. (Spain)

Lipscomb
Goalkeeper
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Christopher Zappia, Sr.  (North Carolina, Carolina Alliance)
Defenders
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Austin Eager, Jr. (Texas, Solar Chelsea)
Scott Gulden, Fr. (Germany)
Daniel Muehlbauer, Jr. (Germany)
Noah Gulden, Fr. (Germany)
Midfielders
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Ben Locke, Soph. (North Carolina, Charlotte Soccer Academy)
John Wynia, Jr. (Texas, Dallas Texans)
Louis Robinson, Fr. (England)
Ryan Birchfield, Sr. (England)
Daniel Zapata, Fr. (Texas, Lonestar)
Forward
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Logan Paynter, Sr. (Florida, FC Sarasota)

Michigan State
Goalkeeper
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Jimmy Hague, Sr. (Michigan, Michigan Jaguars)
Defenders
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Patrick Nielsen, Soph. (Denmark)
John Freitag, Sr. (Illinois, Sockers FC)
Connor Corrigan, Sr.  (Illinois, Indiana Fire)
Michael Wetungu, Jr. (Michigan, Vardar)
Midfielders
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
Michael Pimlott, Jr. (Michigan, Crew SC Wolves)
Hunter Barone, Sr. (Michigan, Crew SC Wolves)
Giuseppe Barone, Jr.  (Michigan, Crew SC Wolves)
Jack Beck, Fr. (Michigan, Crew SC Wolves)
Forward
PLAYER, YEAR (STATE/CLUB)
DeJuan Jones, Sr. (Michigan, TNT Dynamite)
Ryan Sierakowski, Sr. (Illinois, Chicago Fire)
2 comments about "Who's who: This weekend's NCAA Division I Men's Sweet 16".
  1. Ric Fonseca, November 25, 2018 at 1:56 p.m.

    A very interesting article indeed, 'cause as read it, a very fleeting thought took me back to the late '60s and the '70s, vis-a-vis the almosr rabid hue and cry about just how many "foriegn students" were enrolled and playing for some of the then top-final-four universities, e.g. Univ San Francisco, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Howard, Brown, etc, while eventual NCAA champs the St. Louis Billikens fielded mostly US born and bred-trained players.  And yet, this article points out just how far and wide, today, some coaches of the teams listed above, I betcha, recruited abroad or had players "referred" to them via a network of organizations that identify top-notch players and "steer them to "xyz" university, mostly NCAA Div I, and even more "amazing" the lack of "rabid hue and cry" that locally bred-trained students are being "shunned" in favor of foreign trained students - this to me, is highly hypocritical especially and extremely shortsighted, giving me some satisfaction that what occured in the decades listed above was just a drop in the bucket of what was to come, and what the coaches did then was the "thing to-do." 

  2. stewart hayes, December 10, 2018 at 10:08 p.m.

    Was'nt  UCLA in the early 70's nearly the entire Ethiopian olímpic team?  

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