Michigan State University (2004-2007);
1st Team All-Big Ten,
All-Freshmen Team Big Ten
Kansas City Wizards (2008-2009)
MLS Super Draft
Real Salt Lake (2010-2011)
Chivas USA (2012-2013)
Portland Timbers (2013-present)
"I would say the most important thing I took out of playing for Michigan State under Coach Baum and Coach Rensing was the importance of playing for my teammates and putting the team first. Without learning this, I don't think I would be able to make it as I have in the MLS."
Note: Has started nearly every game in 2014. Has been named to the MLS Best XI Team of the Week.
Michigan State University (2003-2006); 1st Team All-Big Ten, 2nd Team NSCAA All Region
Pittsburgh Riverhounds (2008)
DC United (2008-2009)
Vancouver Whitecaps (2010-2011)
San Antonio Scorpions (2012-present)
*Note: Voted to NASL Best XI and NASL Defender of the Year while with the Vancouver Whitecaps (prior to their MLS Promotion). Played against Real Madrid while member of DC United.
"The Michigan State Soccer Program gave me the tools I need as a person and as a player to succeed at the next level of competition. Coach Baum and Coach Rensing helped me prepare for the MLS and professional soccer with a high-level training environment. They also helped guide me off the field by showing great commitment to my personal development and creating a family atmosphere."
Michigan State University (2009-2013);3rd Team NSCAA All-American; 1st Team All-Big Ten; 2nd Team All-Big Ten (3x); 2012 Big Ten Tournament Defensive MVP; 2012 PDL Defender of the Year; 2009 College Soccer News Freshman All-American; 2009 Big Ten Freshman of the Year
Philadelphia Union (2014) MLS Super Draft #25 Overall Pick
Arizona United (2014-present)
Michigan State University (2001-2005); Big Ten Player of the Year, 2nd Team NSCAA All-American, 1st Team All Big Ten, COSIDA Academic All-American
Portland Timbers (2010) MLS Super Draft
"Michigan State provided me with the best of both worlds: a professional and competitive athletic environment while also receiving a world-class education. The coaches and staff prepared me to succeed at the next level through their dedication, commitment and belief in me as a player. Best of all, I will always be a part of the tradition and support of the Spartan soccer family."
"Playing against Manchester City was an absolute dream come true. I was able to step on the pitch against world-class players such as Emmanuel Adebayor, Craig Bellamy, Patrick Vieira, Joleon Lescott and Wayne Bridge. It was a great learning experience and a game that I will never forget."
Michigan State University (2005-2008); 2nd Team All-Big Ten
Real Maryland Monarchs (2009) Richmond Kickers (2010-2011)
*Note: Voted to USL All-League 2nd Team, 2010.
Michigan State University (2006-2007);
2nd Team All-Big Ten
Real Salt Lake (2008 MLS Draft)
"My time spent playing as a Spartan was truly an amazing experience. I was very fortunate to have the daily opportunity to be surrounded by top-notch competition, world class facilities, and a staff that pushed me to be my best. As a player, the family-like closeness between my teammates, alumni, and staff truly made me realize that putting on the Green & White meant that I was a part of something bigger than myself. All of these factors, coupled with an enormous support network, helped propel me to the professional ranks. As the program continues to be successful, I have no doubt there will be many more Spartans destined to play at the highest level."
Michigan State University (2001-2005); 2nd Team NSCAA All-America, 1st Team All-Big Ten
Kansas City Wizards (2006-2008) MLS Supplemental Draft
Austin Aztecs (2009)
"Deciding to play at Michigan State was the best decision of my life. Coach Baum, Coach Rensing and the entire MSU staff could not have done a better job of preparing me for the next chapter in my life, which was the MLS. The day in-day out dedication that the coaching staff has dedicated to their players is unmatched by any staff in the country. They are improving their players and figuring out new ways to help the team succeed every day. They helped me grow into the man that I am today, and I am extremely grateful to them for that."
Michigan State University (2000-2004); 1st Team All-Big Ten
Kansas City Wizards (2005) MLS Super Draft
"At MSU, the environment created by the coaches and teammates provided the building blocks for much more than just a successful soccer career. The Alumni bond forged during the playing days has resulted in great friendships and a solid network of successful friends. Playing after college and talking to teammates made it clear to me just how strong the brotherhood is at MSU compared to other schools. I am proud to be a Spartan! Go State!"
Other MLS draftees and pre-season camp invitees:
Colin Givens (2011 Super Draft) - Colorado Rapids
Spencer Thompson (2011 Supplemental Draft) - Toronto FC
Cyrus Saydee (2012) - Sporting KC
Mark Barone (2012) - FC Dallas, New York Red Bulls