List of Akron Zips in the MLS Draft
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).
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
Non-draft MLS players
|Date||Player||Position||MLS team||Current team||Notes|
|October 21, 2011||Evan Bush||Goalkeeper||Montreal Impact||Montreal Impact||Signed for 2012 season|
|December 13, 2012||Wil Trapp||Midfielder||Columbus Crew||Columbus Crew||Signed as Home Grown Player|
|January 10, 2013||Chad Barson||Defender||Columbus Crew||Signed as Home Grown Player|
|January 11, 2013||DeAndre Yedlin||Defender||Seattle Sounders FC||Sunderland||Signed as Home Grown Player|
|January 18, 2013||Dillon Serna||Midfielder||Colorado Rapids||Colorado Rapids||Signed as Home Grown Player|
|January 21, 2013||Scott Caldwell||Midfielder||New England Revolution||New England Revolution||Signed as Home Grown Player|
|February 8, 2017||Adam Najem||Midfielder||New York Red Bulls||Philadelphia Union||Traded Red Bulls Homegrown Rights to Philadelphia Union|
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- D.C. United selects Kitchen and Korb in 2011 MLS SuperDraft[dead link]
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- "Timbers sign midfielder Michael Nanchoff". Portlandtimbers.com. 2013-02-21. Archived from the original on 2013-03-28. Retrieved 2013-03-15.
- "Whitecaps FC select Darren Mattocks in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft". Whitecapsfc.com. 2012-01-12. Retrieved 2012-09-14.
- Impact Media (2011-10-20). "Impact signs goalkeeper Evan Bush for 2012 MLS roster". Impactmontreal.com. Retrieved 2012-09-14.
- Impact Media (2012-12-13). "Crew Signs Wil Trapp to Homegrown Contract". TheCrew.com. Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- Crew Communications (2012-01-10). "Crew signs Defender Chad Barson to Homegrown contract". Thecrew.com. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
- Sounders FC Public Relations (2013-01-11). "Sounders FC Signs First Homegrown Player". SoundersFC.com. Retrieved 2013-02-18.
- Denver Post (2013-01-18). "Rapids sign homegrown player Dillon Serna". denverpost.com. Retrieved 2013-01-22.
- New England Revolution (2013-12-21). "Revs sign Scott Caldwell as Homegrown player". RevolutionSoccer.net. Retrieved 2013-03-08.