Video clips courtesy of coloradorapids.com
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The seven former Ivy League men’s soccer standouts currently playing in Major League Soccer are making their presence felt as the 2011 MLS season continues into the summer months.
One of the early season highlights occurred on May 4 when the Colorado Rapids, featuring three Ivy League alums in its starting 11, earned a 2-1 comeback win on the strength of left back Scott Palguta’s (Cornell) game-winning goal in the 84th minute. It was Palguta's first start of the season and the first goal of his three-year MLS career. Andre Akpan (Harvard) and Jeff Larentowicz (Brown) also got the starting nod in the win, with Larentowicz going the full 90 and Akpan playing the first 68 minutes.
Larentowicz is Colorado’s leading scorer with three goals and an assist in 15 games played. Akpan has chipped in with a goal in nine games played, including five starts. His goal, scored against Chicago, was also the first of his career in MLS play. Palguta has the one goal to his credit in four games played (three starts). The Ivy trio has helped the Rapids to a 5-3-7 mark on the year, good for fourth in the Western Conference.
Mike Fucito (Harvard) has been getting more of a run out with the Seattle Sounders as of late, totaling seven games played and four games started in 2011. All seven of his appearances have come in regular-season MLS play. At 5-4-7 on the year, Fucito and the Sounders are in third place in the Western Conference.
Chicago’s Cory Gibbs (Brown) has started 11 games, recording one goal to-date in his first season on the Fire back line. Chicago, at 2-4-8, is currently in sixth in the Eastern Conference.
After being drafted third overall in the 2011 Supplemental Draft by Los Angeles, Daniel Keat (Dartmouth) is in the beginning stages of his Galaxy career. But he is learning from the best as the Galaxy sit in first place in the Western Conference with an 8-2-7 record, good for the top mark in all of MLS. Teddy Schneider (Princeton) is also in the early stages of his New York career as well after being selected 30th overall by Red Bulls in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft. The Red Bulls lead the Eastern Division with 5-2-7 record.