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April 14, 2011

Seven Former Ivy League Student-Athletes Currently Playing in MLS - Update 1

PRINCETON, N.J. –- With the 2011 Major League Soccer season in full swing, its time to get caught up with the former Ivy League players who currently ply their trade in the MLS. Seven former Ivy standouts are active on current MLS rosters as per official team websites. Having chased Ivy League titles and NCAA glory in their collegiate playing days, the seven players are now looking to help their respective teams win the 15th MLS Championship.

Colorado Rapids holdovers from last season include Andre Akpan (Harvard), Jeff Larentowicz (Brown) and Scott Palguta (Cornell). Larentowicz has picked off where he left off last season by marshalling the Rapids midfield in 2011. Last season, Larentowicz started and played every minute of Colorado's MLS Championship run and even converted a crucial penalty kick along the way. This year, he has started five games thus far and played the maximum 450 minutes while netting a goal and an assist. Akpan made his 2011 debut for the Rapids on April 13 when he played four minutes in Colorado's game versus Real Salt Lake.

Mike Fucito (Harvard) has returned to the Seattle Sounders and is listed as a Developmental player on the official roster. Last season, he played in four games with the Sounders and netted a goal.

In the offseason Cory Gibbs (Brown) switched his Revolution red, white and blue for the red and white of the Chicago Fire. Last season he anchored the New England backline by starting 25 games. This season, he has started and played the maximum 270 minutes in the Fire's first three MLS games – a win, a loss and a tie.

After being drafted in the first round of the 2011 Supplemental Draft (3rd overall) by Los Angeles, Daniel Keat (Dartmouth) is in the beginning stages of his Galaxy career. The New Zealand native was a three-time first team All-Ivy honoree and helped the Big Green reach the NCAA Tournament in each of his four seasons of play.

Teddy Schneider, a senior with the Princeton Tigers in 2010, is the most recent Ivy League athlete to join the MLS ranks. Schneider, a 2010 second team All-Ivy selection, signed a contract with the New York Red Bulls on April 12 after being selected by the Red Bulls in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft in February (30th overall). He started all of Princeton's 18 games at left back in 2010 and finished second on the team in assists with five and also scored a goal.