Darren Mattocks joined Vancouver Whitecaps FC after being the No.2 overall pick in the 2012 Major League Soccer SuperDraft in Kansas City, Missouri. A two-year standout at Akron, Darren was a freshmen starter on the Zips 2010 NCAA College Cup title wining team. A native of Portmore, Jamaica, Darren signed a Generation Adidas contract with MLS on Dec. 20, 2011.
As a sophomore, Mattocks finished second in scoring in NCAA Division I with 21 goals in 22 appearances with the Zips. His efforts made him a semifinalist for the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy as the top male player in NCAA Division I soccer that year. He was named Mid-American Conference (MAC) Player of the Year and to the All-MAC First Team for a second straight year. In 2011 alone, Darren was named a five-time MAC recipient of the Player of the Week.
He was named MAC Newcomer of the Year after finishing third in NCAA Division I scoring (second among freshmen) with 18 goals in 25 appearances for the Zips. The striker’s efforts also earned him Freshman All-American honors with College Soccer News, Goal.com, Soccer America, and Top Drawer Soccer, as well as a spot on the All-MAC First Team.
In his two years at Akron, Darren scored 39 goals in 47 appearances!
Darlington Nagbe was Selected No. 2 overall by Portland in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. D’, as he was affectionately known during his time at Akron, skipped his senior year at Akron to join the MLS after signing a Generation Adidas contract after helping lead the Zips to their first NCAA title in 2010. Darlington was recognized as College Soccer’s No.1 player that year, being awarded the games highest honor, recognized as the Hermann Trophy winner, the nation’s top collegiate player. He scored seven goals and added 13 assists in his final season as a Zip.
Listed at 5-foot-9 and 165 pounds, Darlington originally hails Liberia but spent most of his youth in the West Cleveland suburb of Lakewood, Ohio. He was an NCSAA First Team All-American and the MAC Player of the Year as a junior and was named to the College Cup All-Tournament Team during Akron’s final push to the NCAA title.
He was a second team All-American selection as a sophomore, when he teamed with current Sporting Kansas City striker Teal Bunbury to help lead the team to a runner-up appearance at the 2009 College Cup.
Nagbe was one of five Akron prospects and 10 players overall who were awarded Generation Adidas status before the 2011 MLS Combine.
In his inaugural season as an MLS professional, Darlington hit a wonder strike against Sporting Kansas City in mid-season, a goal that was voted the 2011 MLS Goal of the Year!
The second member of the 2011 MLS SuperDarft fab five, Perry was the No.3 overall selection in 2011 by D.C United. During his first and only year as a Zip, Perry made appearances in all 25 matches as the Zips’ starting defensive midfielder on their way to the National Title. He finished the season with six goals and one assist. For his performance his one and only season as a Zip, Perry was recognized as a Freshman First Team Soccer America selection and the All-MAC conference First Team.
Perry is currently a member of the United States U.S. U-23s National Team and has represented and captained his country at the U-20 and U-18 National Team level. Perry was captain of the U-17 U.S. National Team residency program and also competed in the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Nigeria.
The third member of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft fab five, Zarek was the No. 4 overall selection in 2011 selected by Chivas USA. Another Generation Adidas player, Zarek left the Zips after a record setting two-year career for the blue and gold. As a freshman, Zarek anchored a backline in 2009 that reached the National Championship game after conceding only 7 goals all season on route to the Championship game. Zarek was recognized as the MAC Conference Newcomer of the Year and made the all conference team in his freshmen campaign. In his sophomore season, before becoming another Akron player to sign a Generation Adidas contract, Zarek started and played in all 25 games that lead Akron to the 2010 National Championship. A College Soccer News All-America Second Team, All-Great Lakes Region Second Team. All-MAC First Team and College Cup All-Tournament Team at center back for a unit that recorded 11 shutouts and a goals-against-average of 0.62 (fifth in NCAA).
A current member of the United States U.S. U-23s National Team, Zarek has a distinguished International record to date. A member of U-15, U-17, U-18, U-20 Youth National teams, Zarek represented the U.S. at the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup and the 2010 Milk Cup with the U-20 team.
After graduating from the IMG Soccer Academy in 2008, Sarkodie joined the Zips. Sarkodie started in all 23 games as a freshman and scored in his very first game against Notre Dame. For his performances in his freshmen season, Kofi was awarded Soccer America All-Freshman first team honoree and First Team All-MAC. During his sophomore year, Kofi won First Team CoSIDA Academic All-America, MAC Academic Team. He was also awarded First Team All-MAC for the second year in a row. Kofi had a breakout year his junior and final season as a Zip in 2010. On October 19, 2010, he recorded his first career hat trick against the University of Michigan. The 2010 National Title winning season Kofi, finished with 8 goals and 6 assists from right-back on the way to a College Cup championship for the Zips. Kofi was awarded ESPN Academic All-America of the Year, NSCAA All-America First Team, Soccer America Player of the Year, Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Season First Team, College Soccer News All-America First Team, College Cup Most Outstanding Defensive Player, College Cup All-Tournament Team, and his third straight First Team All-MAC.
On January 13, 2011, Sarkodie was drafted in the first round (7th overall) by the Houston Dynamo in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, as the fourth member of the fab five. He made his professional debut on March 25, 2011 in a game against Steve Zakuani’s Seattle Sounders FC.
Kofi, is a current member of the United States U.S. U-23s National Team and has had a distinguished Youth International career to date. Kofi was a member of the U.S. U-17 team at the 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Korea Republic and has also represented his country at the U-20 national team level.
Michael spent four years as a Zip, following in the footsteps of his father George and uncle Louis who represented Akron as All-Americans. Playing in three of his four years at Akron, after redshirting the 2008 season, Michael skipped his final year of NCAA eligibility to become the fifth member of the first round SuperDraft fab five draftees signing a Generation Adidas contract. Michael was drafted in 8th overall in 2011 by the Vancouver Whitecaps, thereby helping Akron set a record for the most players drafted in the first round and the most players drafted overall from one school in an MLS SuperDraft. After missing the first several months of the season with an injury, he made his professional debut on June 4, 2011, as a late substitute in a 2-0 loss to Real Salt Lake.
Korb started his collegiate career at Xavier University in 2006, appearing in 18 games, with 15 starts, and totaling two assists. After the 2006 season, Chris transferred to Akron. After sitting out the 2007 season with injury, Chris started every game as a Zip from 2008 through his final season in 2010. He was a member of the Akron team that won the National Title in 2010. His final season as a Zip, Chris was named All-MAC Second Team, was third among all UA field players with 2,208 minutes logged and part of a defensive unit that posted 11 shutouts and a 0.64 goals-against-average.
Korb was chosen in the second round, 31st overall, of the 2011 SuperDraft by D.C. United and signed his first professional contract with the club on March 1, 2011, making his professional debut on March 26 in a 2-1 loss to New England Revolution.
San Jose Earthquakes
One of the most popular players to ever wear the uniform, Ampai lead the Zips to their first ever national championship in 2010 with a win in the College Cup Final against Louisville. He was on the Hermann Trophy Watch List and was a College Soccer News Preseason All-American. He was a co-captain on a team that lost just two games over his final two seasons in a Zips uniform. His senior season saw accolades aplenty. Named Hermann Trophy semifinalist for second consecutive season, the Lowe's Senior CLASS award winner, Soccer America Team MVP First Team, ESPN Academic All-America Third Team, All-Great Lakes Region Second team, Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Season First Team, College Soccer News All-America Second Team and awarded the College Cup All-Tournament Team. Ampai finished UA career as the school's all-time leader in games played (93), netted 17 goals and 30 assists as a four-year letter-winner, starting 24 games in 2010, missing the only game of his career at Northern Illinois with a head injury. Completed his final season with 11 assists on the season, ranking 25th nationally. The Texas native started all 93 games he appeared in over his four-year career at Akron, scoring 17 goals and notching 30 assists. He scored three goals and had a career high 11 assists in his senior season in 2010. From 2003-05, Ampai was a part of the United States U-17 national team Residency program in Bradenton, Fla.
Sporting Kansas City
Teal made a total of 35 starts and appeared in 48 games with the Zips during the 2008 and 2009 seasons. In 2008, he scored a total of 6 goals in his 23 appearances, second only to future No. 1 SuperDraft pick Steve Zakuani. Most of Teal’s appearances came off the bench, as he started 10 games in that season. After Zakuani was selected first overall in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft, Teal began to shine as the Zips main goal threat in 2009. As a sophomore, he started all 25 games for the Zips, including the 2009 Division I Men's College Cup final. Teal led the team and the nation in goals, scoring 17 across the year. He also led the team in shots (103) and tied with fellow forward Darlington Nagbe in game-winning goals (5). Throughout the season, Teal earned many accolades, including the Mid-American Conference Player of the Week award three times, as well as once by College Soccer News. He was also named to Top Drawer Soccer's national Team of the Week during the season. He was the 2009 Hermann Trophy Award Winner for the best player in college soccer.
After two years with the Zips, Teal decided to forgo the remainder of his collegiate career and sign with Generation Adidas. He was drafted in the first round 4th overall of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by Kansas City Wizards. He made his professional debut on March 27, 2010, in Kansas City's opening game of the 2010 MLS season against D.C. United and scored his first professional goal on April 13, 2010, in a US Open Cup game against the Colorado Rapids. He scored his first MLS goal in a 1-0 victory over Columbus Crew.
In December 2010 Bunbury joined English Premier League side Stoke City on trial and scored in a reserve match against Wigan Athletic.
Teal has played for the Canadian national U-17 and U-20 teams. Teal was called up to the full USA team on November 11, 2010 as part of the squad to face South Africa in Johannesburg. Teal earned his first cap for the United States on November 17, 2010 against South Africa, coming on as a substitute at halftime in the Nelson Mandela Challenge Cup. He scored his first international goal against Chile from a penalty kick, in an exhibition match in Los Angeles. Teal is currently representing the U.S. U-23s National team.
Blair attended the famed IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida with fellow classmate Anothnoy Ampaipitakwong before playing joining the Akron ranks. Blair was named to the Great Lakes Region third team and was an All-MAC first team honoree as a sophomore in 2008, while in 2009 he was named to the All-Mid-American Conference First Team and the All-Great Lakes Region First Team, and recorded the game-winning penalty kick in a shootout against the University of North Carolina to propel the Zips into the 2009 NCAA Division I National Championship game.
Blair was drafted in the first round (10th overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by Chivas USA. He made his professional debut on April 1, 2010, in a game against David Beckham’s Los Angeles Galaxy, and scored his first professional goal - a 20 yard strike from outside the penalty area - in a 4-0 victory over New England Revolution on May 5, 2010.
Gavin traveled to tournaments in Slovakia, Spain, Portugal and Mexico with the with the u.s. U-18 squad, and was one of 20 players called into the U-18 training camp in January 2007 as the squad prepared for the 14th Copa Chivas Tournament in Mexico.
A four year starter at the University of Akron, Ben finished his college career with nine goals and 14 assists. His senior season, Ben was named as one of 10 finalists nationally for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award as well as being honored as a CoSida Academic All-America Third Team. Ben started all 25 games in 2009 and was named to the All-Mid-American Conference Second Team and All MAC Academic Team. A native of Akron, Ohio, Ben was named the Zips’ Newcomer of the Year in 2006.
Chivas USA selected Ben in the third-round (45th overall) of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. In his two seasons to date with Chivas, Ben has played in 50 MLS games, starting over 40 times for 3,599 career minutes in the league. To date from his deeper lying midfield role, Ben has nothed 2 career goals and 5 assists for the goats.
After joining the Zips from London, England in 2007, Steve-o scored six goals in his freshman season with as a Zip. This led to a professional offer that summer from English club Preston North End but Steve-o had promised to return to Akron for his sophomore season
In 2008 he led the nation in goals with 20 and points (47) while appearing in all 23 game for the Zips. Both goal and point totals ranked fifth on the school’s single season list, leading him to be named one of three Hermann Trophy finalists, becoming the first Akron player and just the second sophomore overall to be named Soccer America Player of the Year, Top Drawer Soccer Player of the Year, NSCAA/Adidas All-America and All-Great Lakes Region First Team honoree, Soccer America First Team All-American, College Soccer News First Team All-American and MAC Player of the Year. Steve-o was twice named Top Drawer Soccer’s National Player of the Week, also College Soccer News’ National Player of the Week, five-time National Team of the Week honoree for Top Drawer Soccer, earned National Team of the Week honors four times from College Soccer News, named to Soccer America’s National Team of the Week three times, garnered MAC Player of the Week honors six times to set a new league record, Soccer America Preseason All-American and College Soccer News Player to Watch.
Zakuani was selected by Seattle Sounders FC as the number No.1 pick in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft on a Generation Adidas contract. Steve-o’s first season in the league saw him recognized as a finalist for MLS Rookie of the Year in 2009 after leading all MLS rookies in scoring with four goals and four assists. On September 2, 2009, Sounders FC became the second MLS expansion team in league history to win the U.S. Open Cup tournament in their first season. Zakuani was a starter in the championship match.
In his second professional season, he scored ten goals in the regular season to tie for the team lead with the Sounders. He was named MLS Player of the Week twice, and also won Goal of the Week twice. He also recorded the fastest goal in Sounders history with his fourth minute tally against the Columbus Crew in a 1–1 draw at Qwest Field. It bettered the previous mark set by Zakuani the season before when he scored in the fifth minute at D.C. United. On October 5, 2010, Seattle won the 2010 U.S. Open Cup final, becoming the first team since 1983 to repeat as U.S. Open Cup champions. Zakuani was again in the starting lineup for Sounders FC in the final. On November 7, 2010, Zakuani scored the Sounders' first ever playoff goal in a 2–1 loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy.
During a visit back home to England after the 2010 season, Zakuani trained with Everton F.C. to stay match fit. Zakuani scored two goals and had two assists in his first six appearances of the 2011 season. On April 22, 2011, three minutes into a game against the Colorado Rapids, Zakuani suffered a broken leg, fracturing his tibia and fibula. He underwent successful surgery later that same day, and missed the remainder of the 2011 season. He may return as early as the summer of 2012.
In 2009, Zakuani expressed interest in representing DR Congo if the opportunity presented itself. On November 12, 2010, Zakuani accepted a call up for a friendly match against Mali, IN Paris, France. He played his first 45 minutes of international football in the 3–1 loss. In a 2011 interview with Dan Brennan of Arsenal.com, Zakuani admitted he's eligible to play for DR Congo and England, and will be eligible to play for the United States in a few years. He said "Of the three, I prefer the States as this is where I made my name as a player, but we’ll see how things turn out.
Evan was between the posts at Akron from 2005 to 2008. One of the most talented goalkeepers to play for the Zips, Evan was named to the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region and All-Ohio teams in 2008, was a three-time All-Mid American Conference first team selection, in addition to being named the 2005 MAC Newcomer of the Year and to the 2005 Freshman All-American team. Evan still remains the all-time career leader in the MAC with 62 wins, 48 shutouts, and a 0.60 goals-against average.
Sinisa was a member of the Akron program from 2004 to 2006. At Akron, Sinisa was named an NSCAA All-American his last two years, and was the 2006 Mid-American Conference Player of the Year. Drafted in the third round, 33rd overall, by the New York Red Bulls in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft, Sinisa went on to make 69 appearances for the Red Bulls in his 4 year stay in New York. Sinisa signed with the Montreal Impact in 2011 and is a part of their inaugural roster for 2012 the MLS season.