Ivies in the MLS - Update 3
PRINCETON, N.J. -- As the 2011 Major League Soccer season hits the stretch run in both races for playoff positioning and in CONCACAF Champions League play, its time to get caught up with the seven Ivy League alums playing on MLS teams.
Last week, former Harvard stars Mike Fucito and Andre Akpan made their presence felt in Champions League action. Fucito netted a brace for the Seattle Sounders en route to a 4-1 win against Comunicaciones on Aug. 16. A day later, Akpan had a goal and an assist to lead the Colorado Rapids to a 3-2 win over Metapán.
Seattle is currently in second place in the Western Conference with a 12-5-9 record. Fucito has played in 12 regular-season MLS games, including seven starts. He has an assist and 17 shots. His seven starts are the first in his two-year MLS career.
Akpan is one of three former Ivy Leaguers playing for the Rapids. He is joined by defender Scott Palguta (Cornell) and midfielder Jeff Larentowicz (Brown). At 10-6-11, the Rapids are in fourth place in the West. Akpan has played in 12 regular-season games this year - including five starts - and totaled a goal and 15 shots. Palguta has played in nine games during the 2011 MLS campaign and has matched his games started total from a season ago while netting the first two goals of his career on just three shots. Larentowicz has started all 27 MLS games for the Rapids this season and is tied with Conor Casey and Caleb Forlan as the club’s leading goal scorer with a career-high six strikes. Larentowicz has also added an assist. Palguta (2) and Larentowicz (1) have combined to score three of Colorado’s 10 game-winning goals.
Chicago’s Cory Gibbs (Brown) has started 19 games on the Fire backline, recording a goal for just the second time in his five-year MLS career. At 3-7-15, Chicago is currently seventh in the Eastern Conference.
After being drafted third overall in the 2011 Supplemental Draft by Los Angeles, Daniel Keat (Dartmouth) has overcome a fractured heel sustained in preseason to make his Galaxy debut. He made his first senior team appearance in a World Football Challenge friendly and has since appeared in three MLS matches, recording two shots in 15 minutes of action. Keat’s Galaxy, which recently acquired former English Premier League star Robbie Keane, lead the Western Conference with a 14-3-9 record.
Rounding out the Ivy contingent, Teddy Schneider (Princeton) is an member of the New York Red Bulls reserves after being selected 30th overall by the club in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft.