List of Akron Zips in the MLS Draft

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The University of Akron men's soccer team has had 23 players drafted in Major League Soccer (MLS) as well as seven non-drafted players (most due to homegrown rights). Youth New Zealand international Cameron Knowles was the first 'Zip' to be drafted and play in MLS when he appeared for the Real Salt Lake against the Los Angeles Galaxy on June 22, 2007. In the 2011 draft, the University of Akron made MLS history when five players were selected in the first round, including picks number two through four (as well as pick seven and eight).[1]

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Steve Zakuani playing for the Seattle Sounders FC in 2010

Steve Zakuani made an appearance on the DR Congo National Team, and Teal Bunbury, DeAndre Yedlin, Wil Trapp, Perry Kitchen, and Darlington Nagbe have all featured for the United States Men's National Team. Kofi Sarkodie and Zarek Valentin have played for the United States U-20's while Jonathan Lewis, Blair Gavin and Anthony Ampaipitakwong have played for the U-20's and U-17's. Cameron Knowles was part of the New Zealand U-17 squad during the 1999 FIFA U-17 World Championship

Player selection[edit]

MLS draft[edit]

Year Round Pick Overall Player Position MLS team Current team Notes
2005 4 1 37 Cameron Knowles Defender Real Salt Lake Retired
2007 3 7 33 Bosnia and Herzegovina Siniša Ubiparipović Midfielder New York Red Bulls Indy Eleven
2009 1 1 1 Democratic Republic of the Congo Steve Zakuani Midfielder Seattle Sounders FC [2]
2010 1 4 4 United States Teal Bunbury Forward Sporting Kansas City NE Revolution
2010 1 10 10 United States Blair Gavin Midfielder Chivas USA Phoenix Rising FC
2010 3 16 47 United States Ben Zemanski Midfielder Chivas USA Portland Timbers [3]
2011 1 2 2 Liberia Darlington Nagbe Midfielder Portland Timbers Portland Timbers [4]
2011 1 3 3 United States Perry Kitchen Midfielder D.C. United Heart of Midlothian [5]
2011 1 4 4 United States Zarek Valentin Defender Chivas USA Norway Portland Timbers
2011 1 7 7 United States Kofi Sarkodie Defender Houston Dynamo San Jose Earthquakes [6]
2011 1 8 8 United States Michael Nanchoff Midfielder Vancouver Whitecaps FC Tampa Bay Rowdies [7]
2011 2 13 31 United States Chris Korb Defender D.C. United D.C. United [5]
2011 2 15 33 Thailand Anthony Ampaipitakwong Midfielder San Jose Earthquakes Thailand Bangkok United
2012 1 2 2 Jamaica Darren Mattocks Forward Vancouver Whitecaps FC Portland Timbers [8]
2013 3 3 41 United States David Meves Goalkeeper Portland Timbers
2014 2 8 27 United States Robbie Derschang Defender Philadelphia Union
2014 2 15 34 United States Eric Stevenson Midfielder New York Red Bulls Cincinnati FC
2014 3 14 52 United States Aodhan Quinn Midfielder Philadelphia Union Cincinnati FC
2014 4 19 76 Costa Rica Reinaldo Brenes Forward Sporting Kansas City
2015 1 12 12 United States Saad Abdul-Salaam Defender Sporting Kansas City Sporting Kansas City
2016 1 7 7 United States Richie Laryea Midfielder Orlando City SC Orlando City SC
2017 1 3 3 United States Jonathan Lewis Forward New York City FC New York City FC
2017 2 14 36 United States Danilo Radjen Defender Houston Dynamo

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Non-draft MLS players[edit]

Date Player Position MLS team Current team Notes
October 21, 2011 United States Evan Bush Goalkeeper Montreal Impact Montreal Impact Signed for 2012 season[9]
December 13, 2012 United States Wil Trapp Midfielder Columbus Crew Columbus Crew Signed as Home Grown Player[10]
January 10, 2013 United States Chad Barson Defender Columbus Crew Signed as Home Grown Player[11]
January 11, 2013 United States DeAndre Yedlin Defender Seattle Sounders FC Sunderland Signed as Home Grown Player[12]
January 18, 2013 United States Dillon Serna Midfielder Colorado Rapids Colorado Rapids Signed as Home Grown Player[13]
January 21, 2013 United States Scott Caldwell Midfielder New England Revolution New England Revolution Signed as Home Grown Player[14]
February 8, 2017 United States Adam Najem Midfielder New York Red Bulls Philadelphia Union Traded Red Bulls Homegrown Rights to Philadelphia Union

References[edit]

  1. ^ Travis Clark (2011-01-13). "Akron sets new record for SuperDraft success". Mlssoccer.com. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  2. ^ Gaschk, Matt. "Gaschk on the SuperDraft". Soundersfc.com. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  3. ^ Portland Timbers (2013-02-13). "Timbers acquire midfielder Ben Zemanski from Chivas USA in exchange for allocation money, right of first refusal to Jonathan Bornstein". Portlandtimbers.com. Archived from the original on 2013-02-15. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  4. ^ Portland Timbers (2011-01-12). "Timbers Select Nagbe, Taylor in 2011 MLS SuperDraft". Portlandtimbers.com. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  5. ^ a b D.C. United selects Kitchen and Korb in 2011 MLS SuperDraft[dead link]
  6. ^ Jonathan Yardley (2011-01-13). "Sarkodie part of Akron's big day". Houstondynamo.com. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  7. ^ "Timbers sign midfielder Michael Nanchoff". Portlandtimbers.com. 2013-02-21. Archived from the original on 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  8. ^ "Whitecaps FC select Darren Mattocks in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft". Whitecapsfc.com. 2012-01-12. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  9. ^ Impact Media (2011-10-20). "Impact signs goalkeeper Evan Bush for 2012 MLS roster". Impactmontreal.com. Retrieved 2012-09-14. 
  10. ^ Impact Media (2012-12-13). "Crew Signs Wil Trapp to Homegrown Contract". TheCrew.com. Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  11. ^ Crew Communications (2012-01-10). "Crew signs Defender Chad Barson to Homegrown contract". Thecrew.com. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  12. ^ Sounders FC Public Relations (2013-01-11). "Sounders FC Signs First Homegrown Player". SoundersFC.com. Retrieved 2013-02-18. 
  13. ^ Denver Post (2013-01-18). "Rapids sign homegrown player Dillon Serna". denverpost.com. Retrieved 2013-01-22. 
  14. ^ New England Revolution (2013-12-21). "Revs sign Scott Caldwell as Homegrown player". RevolutionSoccer.net. Retrieved 2013-03-08.