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2014 Was A Season To Remember At These Schools

College Soccer News annually likes to acknowledge those programs that had special seasons.  The 2014 season was a shining season for the schools identified.  It may be that they greatly exceeded expectations, or won more games than ever before, or accomplished something that will be a springboard for future seasons, or put together an improbable run.  Regardless of the reason,  it was a season that will be remembered, that will always bring a sense of pride and accomplishment to those involved, and that will have a positive impact on the program for years to come. 


Virginia - National Champions!  That says it all.  No one had a more successful season in 2015 than the Cavaliers under the direction of George Gelnovatch.  In fact, Virginia is the only school in the country to play on college soccer's biggest stage in both 2013 and 2014.  The Cavaliers earned their thirty-fourth consecutive invite to the NCAA Tournament in 2014 and earned the number sixteen seed.  They began the tourney with a good win at home against a talented UNCW team but with a match-up on the road with number one seeded Notre Dame next on their dance card it seemed likely that their stay in the tourney would be a short one.  However, a very talented, well disciplined and organized Cavalier squad defied the odds by upsetting the Irish and then number eight seeded Georgetown on the road to advance to the College Cup where they then topped UMBC and number two seeded UCLA to win the programs' seventh national championship and their second under the leadership of Gelnovatch.


UCLA - Success at UCLA is measured in large part by how far the Bruins advance in the NCAA Tournament.  Consider 2014 as a highly successful season for the Bruins who made their thirty-second  consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, advanced to the College Cup for the fourteenth time and advanced to the National Final for the ninth time.  UCLA was awarded the number two seed in the NCAA Tournament and topped San Diego, California, North Carolina, and Providence before falling in penalty kicks to the University of Virginia in the national championship match.  Leo Stolz elected to return for his senior season instead of turning pro and became the third Bruin to be named the National Player of the Year.  Sophomore midfielder Michael Amick joined Stolz as an NCAA and College Soccer News All-America selection.  The future continues to look bright in Westwood as Abu Danladi, Seyi Adekoya, and Chase Gasper were named All-Freshman Team selections by College Soccer News. 


Providence - The 2014 season was a year of firsts for the Friars.  As a result the bar of excellence was forever raised at Providence.  The Friars won the Big East Tournament for the first time in the history of the program.  They were awarded the number eleven seed in the NCAA Tournament and thus received their first ever first round bye in the NCAA  Tournament.  The Friars topped Dartmouth, UC Irvine and Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament to advance to the College Cup for the first time.    Their sixteen win season was a program record.  Historical is perhaps the one word that best describes Providence's 2014 season.  It was a great to be a Friar in 2014. 


UMBC - The Retrievers followed up a banner 2013 season with what was without a doubt the best season in the history of the program in 2014.  Under the direction of Pete Caringi the Retrievers won the America East Conference Championship in 2014 for the third consecutive season.  They earned their fourth invite to the NCAA Tournament in the past five seasons and made an improbable run in the NCAA Tournament that included wins on the road against Wake Forest, Maryland, Louisville, and Creighton to advance to the College Cup for the first time in the history of the program.  A senior driven UMBC squad  finished the 2014 season with a 14-5-5 overall record.  Oumar Ballo was named the America East Defensive Player of the Year and was a consensus All-America Team selection.  Mamadou Kansaye was named the America East Midfielder of the Year and Kay Banjo was named the American East  Striker of the Year.  Caringi was named the National Coach of the Year by the NSCAA.  The Retrievers established once again in 2014 that they can hold their own with anyone in the country. 


Xavier - Really good things continue to happen at Xavier.  In 2014 the Musketeers earned their fourth trip to the NCAA Tournament in the past five years.  It was a without a doubt a season to remember that was capped off by the deepest run to date in the NCAA Tournament in the history of the program.  The Musketeers topped Monmouth and number five seeded Indiana in Bloomington to advance to the Sweet Sixteen where their  season came to a close after a 2-1 loss to Creighton in Omaha.  Xavier established a new  program high with a fifteen win season and set a program record with eleven shutouts.  They finished the 2014 season ranked as the number eleven team in the country by College Soccer News and the number thirteen team in the nation in the NSCAA poll to take the program to new heights on the national scene.  Head coach Andy Fleming and his staff were honored as the Co-Big East Coaching Staff of the Year and Eric Osswald was named the Big East Goalkeeper of the Year.   Xavier's 2014 senior class of Matt Hill, Garrett Halfhill, Owen Steinwall, Will Walker and Eric Osswald finished their tenure at Xavier as the winningest class in the history of the program with a 51-23-13 record.  This is a program with momentum. 


Oakland -  The Golden Grizzlies showed a ton of resilience and talent when after beginning the season with five consecutive losses they rebounded to win the program's first ever regular season title and the  program's first ever Horizon League Championship to earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010. During regular season play the Golden Grizzlies recorded a 2-0 signature win over nationally ranked Michigan State.  They secured a big win when they defeated Kentucky 2-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament  and gave number three seeded  Michigan State everything they could handle in the second round before losing 1-0.  Senior forward Joey Tinnon, junior midfielder Matt Dudley, and junior forward Shawn Claud Lawson were named All-Horizon First Team selections and goalkeeper Wes Mink was a College Soccer News All-Freshman Team selection.  It was a winning season that should set the stage for even more success in the future.  No one reflected the heart of a champion more than Oakland in 2014.  


Syracuse - The trend line continues upward at Syracuse under the guidance of head coach Ian McIntyre and his staff but the 2014 team will always hold a special place and be remembered for its role in taking the program to a higher level.  The Orange had a great season that included sixteen wins, the second most in the history of the program.  Syracuse earned the number nine seed in the NCAA Tournament to secure the program's first ever seed in the NCAA Tournament.  The Orange had a high national ranking for a large part of the season and was ranked as the number one team in the nation for two weeks in the NSCAA poll for the first time in the history of the program.  Syracuse finished the 2014 season as the number ten team in the country in both the NSCAA and College Soccer News National polls.  McIntyre was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year.  Goalkeeper Alex Bono, who anchored a Syracuse defense that allowed a total of only twelve goals all season, was a consensus First Team All-American and was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year.   The 2014 season was another giant step forward for a program that already has a ton of momentum.   The Orange are for real.


UNCW - What a season.  Few teams in the country exceeded expectations in 2014 more than the Seahawks.  The Seahawks  displayed a lot of grit in 2014 and established that they could hold their own with anyone as reflected in the fact that they were 7-1-1 on the road and were 4-2 against nationally ranked opponents.  UNCW also had a huge 4-3 signature win at home over  North Carolina before a record crowd of 2,213 fans.  Under the direction of Aidan Heaney the Seahawks secured a share of the CAA regular season title and earned an at-large berth in the NCAA  Tournament.  UNCW hosted their first ever NCAA Tournament game in which they topped Bucknell 2-0 before a crowd of over 2,000 Seahawk faithful to advance to the second round for just the second time in the history of the program.  Heaney was named the CAA Coach of the Year and senior Jacob VanCompernolle was named the CAA Defensive Player of the Year.  Senior midfielder Jamie Dell had a banner season in which he was named an All-American by the NSCAA and College Soccer News.  The Seahawks truly soared in 2014.    


UNLV - It was a breakthrough season for the Rebels who had a fifteen win season.  Under the direction of head coach Rich Ryerson UNLV won both the WAC regular season and tournament championship to secure their first conference championship since the 1987 season and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1988. Ryerson was named the WAC Coach of the Year.  Senior Salvador Bernal became the first player in UNLV history to be named First Team All-Conference for four seasons.  He was named the WAC Offensive Player of the Year and was named an All-American by NSCAA and College Soccer News to become the first UNLV player to be named an All-American in twenty-four years.  Senior Kyle Melies was named the WAC Defensive Player of the Year.


Clemson - Good things have been happening at Clemson for several years but the 2014 season will be remembered  as the season in which Clemson fully turned the corner and returned to prominence on the national scene.   The Tigers advanced past Wake Forest and Notre Dame in penalty kicks and topped Louisville 2-1 in overtime to win the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament for the first time since the 2001 season.  They were awarded the number seven in the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen.   The Tigers finished a very productive 2014 season ranked by the NSCAA as the number eleven team in the nation and ranked by College Soccer News as the number twelve team in the country.   The Tigers roared in 2014. 


Oregon State - The Beavers had what is arguably the best ever season in the history of the program in 2014.  They returned to the NCAA Tournament field for the first time since the 2003 season and broke a barrier when they topped Denver 1-0 to secure the program's first ever win in post season play.  The Beavers had signature regular season wins over California and Washington.  Khiry Shelton netted ten goals and contributed twelve assists in route to being named the Pac-12 Player of the Year.  Shelton was named a First Team All-American by College Soccer News and was a Second Team All-America selection by the NSCAA.  Timmy Mueller who scored eleven goals and added two helpers was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.    


Cal State Fullerton - For all intents and purposes the 2014 season was supposed to be a transition season for the Titans who were under new management and were picked to finish last in the South Division in the 2014 Big West Conference preseason poll.  However that didn't turn out to be the case as George Kuntz, who had been the head coach at UC Irvine for nineteen seasons, assumed the leadership of the Cal State Fullerton program and directed the Titans to a 10-8-6 overall record, the program's first winning season since 2001, and their first ever Big West Conference Tournament championship via a tenacious run that included wins on the road over UC Davis, UC Riverside, and UC Irvine to earn the programs first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2000.  This is a team that may have improved as much from beginning to end as any team in the country and showed a will to win that bodes well for continued success in the future.  After beginning the season with three straight losses the Titans rebounded to upset highly regarded UMBC to get back on track.  Likewise after losing their first two conference matches they rebounded to secure wins over UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly. The 2014 campaign will be remembered as the season that rekindled a winning mindset at Cal State Fullerton. 


Rhode Island  -  The Rams lost a heartbreaker to Fordham in the 2014 Atlantic 10 Championship and didn't get an invite to the NCAA Tournament but that takes nothing away from the fact that they had an outstanding turnaround season that clearly will be a springboard for the future.  Rhode Island was 2-14-0 overall in 2013 with an 0-8-0 mark in conference play.  They entered the 2014 campaign picked to finish in the number twelve spot in the thirteen team Atlantic 10.  Instead they won the Atlantic 10 regular season title with a 7-1-0 mark in conference play and ended the season with a 13-5-3 overall record.  Second year head coach Gareth Elliott was named the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year following in the footsteps of Ed Bradley who won the award in 1995 and 2001.  Freshman goalkeeper Nils Leifhelm was honored as the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year and was named a First Team All-Freshman Team selection by College Soccer News.  Senior midfielder Matt Sykes (7g, 6a) was also an All-Atlantic 10 First Team selection.  The Rams also returned to the national rankings and posted their first double-digit win total since the 2006 season.  


Stanford - Stanford's season came to an unexpected end in the NCAA Tournament when they were upset 1-0 in overtime at home for the first time in the 2014 season by an opportunistic UC Irvine team.  Regardless of the earlier than expected exit, things are clearly looking bright at The Farm and the 2014 season was another resounding step forward.  In his first year at the helm of the program in 2013 Jeremy Gunn directed the Cardinal to a ten win season and returned the program to the NCAA Tourney for the first time since 2002 and they advanced to the Round of Sixteen.  The trend line continued upward in 2014 with a 13-3-3 overall record which is the most wins since the 2002 campaign.  Stanford also won the program's first Pac-12 championship since the 2001 season. The Cardinal received the number six seed in the NCAA Tournament and was ranked as high as number one by both the NSCAA and College Soccer News National Polls. Gunn was named the Pac-12 Coach of the Year and the Far West Region Coach of the Year by the NSCAA.  Sophomore Jordan Morris was named an NSCAA and College Soccer News All-American.  Junior defender Brandon Vincent was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and an NSCAA All-American.   


Mercer - Count Mercer among the schools that had a special season in 2014. The Bears had a stellar fourteen win campaign with an 8-2-0 mark in their first season as a member of the Southern Conference.  The fourteen wins set a new program record for most wins in a single season.  The Bears also won the regular season Southern Conference title.  Brad Ruzzo was named the Southern Conference Coach of the Year and senior Greg Ranjitsingi was named the Southern Conference Goalkeeper of the Year while forward Will Bagrou was named the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year and was a College Soccer News All-Freshman selection.   


College Player Profile - Casey Osborne - by Ben Roth

The recent 2015 MLS Superdraft provided the opportunity for some of the top talent in the nation to have the opportunity to succeed in the MLS. For many this opportunity is a dream come true.  With that said every year some very talented players slip through the cracks perhaps exposing the lack of scouting of some MLS clubs. However, regardless of the amount of research conducted prior to the draft, history has established that in all sports some very capable players are often overlooked. There are plenty of examples of talented college soccer players such as Jonathan Bornstein and Omar Cummings that were not selected in the first two rounds of the MLS draft yet still had successful professional careers.

The next hopeful on that list of players could be Casey Osborne, a center back from St. John’s University and our latest College Soccer News Player Profile. For many student-athletes the most bittersweet moment as a college player is their team’s senior night, the final amateur sporting event of their career.  The game is supposed to be a celebration of sorts, honoring each team’s graduating seniors, but for some it’s the last competitive game they’ll ever play. For St. John’s University center back Casey Osborne like some other college seniors, that game likely signified among other things the opportuity to transition to bigger things. 

While in the locker room as St. John's prepared for its final Big East game of the 2014 season which was against Seton Hall, there was a feeling of anxiety among the squad, especially the seniors. Scanning the locker room prior to the game, everyone was doing their own pregame ritual, with one consistent theme; senior Casey Osborne was smiling, and getting the whole team ready for their last test of the year. A natural leader, Osborne, is a vocal player on and off the pitch.

When asked to describe himself in one word as a person off the field, the first thing to come to mind for the NSCAA 2012 Junior College National Player of the Year, was, “goofy”.  Osborne, while a character off the pitch is anything but that once he steps on the field. “Nobody outworks him” was a frequent response from his fellow St. John’s teammates regarding Osborne’s on field work ethic.  The hard work paid off as Osborne formed arguably one of the best defensive duos in college soccer alongside roommate and recent MLS draftee Tim Parker. That partnership has been the keystone to the St. John’s team over the past two seasons.

Like every success story, there were set backs along the way.  For Osborne this moment came his junior year at St. John’s in a game against Villanova.  The aggressive defender tore his ACL, a setback that would have caused many to sit back and sulk.  But that was not the case with the optimistic Osborne took the injury as an opportunity to learn from the game and come back even stronger.  Osborne stated, “It’s painful to relive the injury, but it helped me mature as a player.” Without a doubt, the injury had an affect on the team, but they rallied behind their leader, competing how they knew Osborne would.

The rest of his junior year, Osborne was the team’s biggest cheerleader, urging the team onto their third consecutive NCAA tournament bid. While sidelined, “Big Cat” as his teammates call him, took advantage of the opportunity to expand his knowledge of the game.  The best way to do that is as Osborne reiterated, “learning from the best… I took every moment I could analyzing the game and listening to Coach Masur.”

The 2012 Junior College First Team All-American at Tyler Junior College applied the knowledge he gained to the field for his senior year at St. John's and it showed. Osborne returned healthy playing the second most minutes out of all the field players on the team, while enjoying his game.  He was adamant claiming, “I’ve always said the day I stop loving the game, is the day I stop playing.”  This joy along with his competitive drive led to Osborne playing his best ball as the season progressed. 

One of the team’s biggest tests of the year came playing against perennial powerhouse, UCONN Huskies.  St. John's entered that contest without First Team All Big East selection, Tim Parker, and Osborne knew he had to step up.  What made this task even more daunting was the fact that UCONN had arguably the best forward in the country in Cyle Larin, the number one pick in this year’s MLS Superdraft. Knowing Larin would be difficult to contain, Osborne took it upon himself to do just that. The game showcased Osborne’s best skills as he shut down the Canadian national teamer, not allowing him one good chance at goal.  The most impressive part was that at times Larin couldn’t even get a touch on the ball. Osborne was reading the game; intercepting clear-cut chances and winning nearly every header, one of his best attributes.  St. John’s went on to win the game, led by Osborne’s defensive performance.  Results like that indicate that Osborne has what it takes to play at the next level.  

Sitting down with “Big Cat” is a surreal experience since you expect a player with all emotion and energy that he displays on the field to be a loud fiery guy figure, but he’s anything but that.  ‘Humble’ is the only word to describe the small town kid from Georgia. Osborne is the type of player who appreciates the opportuities he has had to play the game and gives credit where credit is due to those who have helped him along the way. He stated, “Starting off playing at Tyler Junior College instilled a great work ethic in myself. Every practice, every game was a chance to beat someone out. I looked forward to it”  This is part of the reason whyTyler JC won a national championship with Osborne, before the center back made the move to St. John’s University. 

Watching St. John’s warm up prior to their senior night game doing a crossing and finishing drill, there was one odd occurrence, Osborne scored the most goals for the team.  When asked how he got this knack for scoring goals, he smiled and said, “I used to play forward a bit at Tyler. It helped a lot with my footwork and understanding how to get away from defenders.  Now on the other side playing defense, I can read the forwards and their movements better”.  

Despite playing defense during the rest of his career Osborne scored a couple important goals for the Johnnies in the past two seasons and credits his short stint at forward as the reason why. With the 2014 college season now over and the MLS season coming quickly, Osborne is looking to make a team’s roster and prove his worth.  “I feel like I deserve it; I have the hunger, I belong on your team.”  

For a league that puts much of their focus on athleticism and work rate, a team could do much worse than taking a risk on Osborne.  He’s a strong, athletic center back who’s absolutely dominant in the air, a trait many coaches look for. After talking to Osborne about his future, he said, “hopefully in 5 years I’m still playing, it would be a dream; I love the game and wouldn’t want to do anything else.”  

With the 2015 MLS Supplementary draft just around the corner its likely that Osborne will still be provided the opportunity for his dream to come true. 


Ben Roth is a contributing writer for College Soccer News.  He can be reached at ben.roth@This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

College Soccer News 2015 MLS SuperDraft Analysis - by Ben Roth

The 2015 MLS SuperDraft is now history and as is almost always the case some of the selections went as expected and there were a few surprises. Ben Roth was on hand in Philadelphia representing College Soccer News and provides his analysis of what took place.  

 

Team

Player

College

Position

Analysis

1

Orlando City SC

Cyle Larin**

UCONN

Forward

To the surprise of nobody, Orlando City picks Canadian national team forward, Cyle Larin.  The Generation Adidas striker has the size, speed, and raw skill to make it in MLS, but needs to develop and Orlando is the perfect place to do so. The strong number of Orlando faithful at the Superdraft were delighted with the pick as they should be.  A future star in the making

2

New York City FC

Khiry Shelton

Oregon St

Forward

With the expansion’s side first ever pick, they grab Khiry Shelton, an explosive forward from Oregon St.  Although a bit of a surprise at #2, scouts have said that when healthy Shelton is a top 2 talent in this draft.  The former U.S. youth international joins an already talented NYCFC front line with David Villa and Patrick Mullins to form a scary attacking lineup.  If he can stay healthy, I take Shelton as the frontrunner to win the MLS Rookie of the Year Award.

3

Montreal Impact

Romario Williams**

UCF

Forward

The Impact go with the best forward available, Williams, a powerful and athletic forward out of UCF.  Williams may need to improve his tactical awareness and finishing a bit, but he’s a good fit for a struggling Montreal side.  If given opportunities to play, the Generation Adidas pick could be an impact player in year one.

4

San Jose Earthquakes

Fatai Alashe

Michigan St.

Midfielder

San Jose grabs one of the most MLS ready prospects in the draft pool, Fatai Alashe.  The hard working and tough defensive midfielder should earn minutes in a solid Quakes’ midfield.  Alashe might not have as high of a ceiling as some other guys, but he’s arguably one of the most polished players.

5

Portland Timbers

Nick Besler

Notre Dame

Midfielder

As College Soccer News predicted, the Timbers pick Besler, another defensive midfielder with a high work rate.  Besler is a true #6 who doesn’t get involved in the attack too much and likes to sit in front of the back 4.  Besler appears to be a perfect fit for Caleb Porter’s system.

6

Toronto FC

Alex Bono**

Syracuse

Goalkeeper

Toronto go with the top goalkeeper in the draft, Alex Bono, a recent U.S. national team call-up.  Bono will likely sit on the bench and/or play in USL Pro during his rookie campaign, but still has unbelievable potential.  Some see the 6’3” netminder as an even better prospect than last year’s number one pick, Andre Blake.  A very good pick from a team that is strong in most areas of the field, coming into 2015.

7

Chicago Fire

Matt Polster

SIUE

Midfielder

The first major surprise of the draft goes with pick #7, a versatile midfielder who has also played in the back-line.  Polster from SIUE, a mid-major school, endured an impressive combine but this pick seems very early for him.  With that said, the Fire have gaps nearly everywhere on their team, so they go with a player who can fill multiple needs.

8

Houston Dynamo

Zach Steinberger

Butler

Midfielder

The second big surprise of the first round goes to Zach Steinberger, a strong and simple midfielder from Butler.  Steinberger has been projected in the second round so this appears a bit early, but he definitely improved his draft stock with a solid combine.

9

Toronto FC

Clement Simonin

N.C. State

Defender

Toronto choose a complete unknown player in Simonin, a defender out of NC State.  Toronto FC address a need at defense, but I can honestly say not one reporter has heard of him.  Hopefully Greg Vanney and his staff did their research and Simonin becomes the Akindele of 2015.

10

Sporting KC

Connor Hallisey

California

Midfielder

Vermes goes with the best pure winger in the draft with Hallisey, a left sided player who endured a solid combine.  If Hallisey can retain the form he finished his college campaign in, he’ll find minutes in this already talented Sporting KC frontline.

11

Toronto FC

Skylar Thomas

Syracuse

Defender

Toronto FC goes with a very safe pick, but a smart one with Skylar Thomas.  The 6’3” center back is athletic and an overall solid presence in the back. He may not have a high ceiling, but you know what you’re getting from the former Syracuse star.

12

Sporting KC

Saad Abdul-Salaam

Akron

Defender

Sporting KC select Abdul-Salaam, a very risky pick in the mind of many scouts.  The former Akron right back at 6’3” sometimes looks a bit awkward on the flank, but he’s done an adequate job in his Zips career.  Although, every chance Abdul-Salaam gets he goes forward, something coach Vermes loves.

13

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Tim Parker

St. John’s

Defender

Coach Robinson gets who he called “the best available player” in Parker, an athletic center back out of St. John’s.  The combine standout can help sure up a shaky Whitecaps back line and look to earn significant minutes in his rookie campaign.

14

Colorado Rapids

Axel Sjoberg

Marquette

Defender

The Rapids select who is now believed to be the tallest field player in MLS, with Axel Sjoberg, a towering center back from Marquette.  Sjoberg improved his stock with a solid combine, showing he can move better than his size indicates.  Expect Sjoberg to work his into some games this year.

15

FC Dallas

Otis Earle

UC-Riverside

Defender

Pareja, the coach of the last two MLS rookies of the year, grabs arguably the top outside back in the draft, Otis Earle.  Son of announcer Robbie Earle, Otis is an athletic outside back with attributes of a winger.  He has the ability to slot into the FC Dallas lineup from the onset.

16

Seattle Sounders FC

Cristian Roldan

Washington

Midfielder

With one of the most surprising drop offs in recent MLS Superdraft history, Seattle steals a pre-draft sure fire top 2 pick in Cristian Roldan.  The creative center midfielder was expected to be a top 2 pick, so the Sounders are thrilled to grab the local college standout.  Expect Roldan to play for S2 before working his way up to the first team.

17

D.C. United

Miguel Aguilar

San Francisco

Forward

D.C. United, a team fairly solid everywhere grab Aguilar an under the radar forward who boosted his draft stock with a very good combine.  Aguilar will need to have a very good preseason to earn minutes for one of the top teams in the East.

18

New York Red Bulls

Leo Stolz

UCLA

Midfielder

The Red Bulls snag the Hermann Trophy Winner with the 18th pick in the draft, an impressive feat.  Stolz, a creative German midfielder listed the Metros as one of the teams he would play for, thereby making this pick a steal.  The former Bruins playmaker may be the most MLS ready midfielder in this draft class.

19

Columbus Crew

Sergio Campbell

UCONN

Defender

The Crew select an absolute beast of a defender in Campbell.  The former Huskies center back wins most headers and tackles he encounters, but there’s questions about his ability with the ball at his feet.  Coach Berhalter is capable of molding Campbell into a very good MLS play

20

Sporting KC

Amadou Dia

Clemson

Midfielder

Dia, an under-the-radar midfielder endured a very successful career with the Tigers, competing against some of the nation’s top teams and holding his own.  Sporting KC could use some depth at defensive mid and Dia provides this.

21

LA Galaxy

Ignacio Maganto

Iona

Midfielder

Bruce Arena picks one of the combine’s best players in Ignacio Maganto.  The Iona midfielder displayed his electric skills and quickness at the combine to help raise his stock prior to the draft.  Maganto will likely play for Los Dos (Galaxy USL team), but is talented enough to find his way to the first team.

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22

Orlando City

Connor Donovan**

N.C. State.

Defender

23

NYCFC

Connor Brandt

San Diego

Midfielder

24

Portland Timbers

Andy Thoma

Washington

Defender

25

Orlando City

Akeil Barrett

Tulsa

Forward

26

Colorado Rapids

Joseph Greenspan

Navy

Defender

27

Real Salt Lake

Boyd Okwuonu

North Carolina

Defender

28

Chicago Fire

Kingsley Bryce

St. Louis

Forward

29

Toronto FC

Wesley Charpie

South Florida

Defender

30

Houston Dynamo

OumarBallo

UMBC

Defender

31

Philadelphia Union

DzenanCatic

Davenport

Forward

32

Portland Timbers

Christian Volesky

SIUE

Forward

33

Seattle Sounders FC

Tyler Miller

Northwestern

Goalkeeper

34

Portland Timbers

Kharlton Belmar

VCU

Forward

35

Columbus Crew

Sagio Lev-Ari

CSUN

Forward

36

Houston Dynamo

Rob Lovejoy

North Carolina 

Forward

37

Toronto FC

Edwin Rivas

Cal St. Northridge

Forward

38

Vancouver Whitecaps

Kay Banjo

UMBC

Forward

39

New York Red Bulls

Stefano Bonomo

California

Forward

40

Seattle Sounders FC

Oneil Fisher

New Mexico

Defender

41

Philadelphia Union

Eric Bird

Virginia

Midfielder

42

D.C. United

Dan Metzger

Maryland

Midfielder