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ASA Exports: 11 AZ Players Set For Major League Soccer

 
 

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018 -- ASA Exports is a weekly feature (drops every Tuesday) in which we track all former Arizona Soccer Association players who are currently playing in professional leagues throughout the world. 
 
Major League Soccer's 23rd season is set to kick off this weekend with 11 players on active rosters. In other domestic leagues, the USL is set to kick off the weekend on March 16 and the NWSL is scheduled for the weekend of March 24. 
 
In today's special edition of ASA Exports, we're going to recap each player's previous season. We'll do the same recap when we get closer to the other domestic league start dates. 
 
A brief note, all players must have played for an Arizona youth club at some point in their youth. If we have left a player out please email us at garrettcleverly@azyouthsoccer.org
 
Head Coaches
 
Greg Vanney, Toronto FC - The 2017 season went down in the history books for Toronto FC. With Vanney (Tempe) at the helm, Toronto FC broke the MLS regular season point record with 69 points, won their sixth Canadian Championship, and defeated Seattle 2-0 in the MLS Cup final. 
 
Major League Soccer
 
Justen Glad, D, Real Salt Lake - Glad (Tucson) at just 20 years old enters his fourth full professional season. Last year, he started the season off with an injury and came back in June. He then started and played in 18 matches and during that time Real Salt Lake suffered just five losses. 
 
Brooks Lennon, F, Real Salt Lake - Lennon (Paradise Valley) is also 20 years old and had quite an impressive 2017 season. He saw action in 25 matches scoring three goals and recording five assists. 
 
Jose Hernandez, M, Real Salt Lake - Hernandez (Phoenix) at 21 years old saw action with both Real Salt Lake and their USL team, Real Monarchs. With RSL, he appeared in seven matches and scored one goal. With the Monarchs, he appeared in eight matches and scored two goals. 
 
Donny Toia, D, Orlando City - Toia (Tucson) enters his fifth professional season and second with Orlando. Last year he appeared in 30 matches and added three assists. 
 
Luis Robles, GK, New York Red Bulls - Robles (Fort Huachuca) enters his seventh season with the New York Red Bulls and 12th overall. He has started and played 90 minutes for an MLS-record 174 straight regular season matches dating back to 2012. 
 
Nick DeLeon, M, D.C. United - DeLeon (Phoenix) also enters his seventh season all with D.C. United. Last year he appeared in 19 matches. 
 
Brad Evans, D/M, Sporting Kansas City - Evans (Phoenix) enters his 12th season as a professional all with MLS. He recently joined Sporting Kansas City after spending nine years with Seattle Sounders FC. Last year with Seattle, Evans appeared in 11 matches and scored one goal. 
 
George Malki, M, Houston Dynamo - Malki (Phoenix) enters his fourth season as a pro. Last year was a tough one for him as he was injured for the entire season. He has seen action preseason action this year with Houston. 
 
Matt Bersano, GK, San Jose Earthquakes - Bersano (Chandler) was loaned out to USL's Reno 1868 for the entire season. He appeared in 27 matches and recorded nine assists. He is currently competing to be San Jose's #2 goalkeeper this year. 
 
Niki Jackson, F, Colorado Rapids - Jackson (Scottsdale) enters his first professional season after being selected by the Colorado Rapids with the 73rd pick. He graduated from GCU and scored 40 goals in 70 matches with the local university.
 
Grant Lillard, D, Chicago Fire - Lillard (Paradise Valley) also enters his first professional season after signing a homegrown contract with the Chicago Fire. He attended Indiana University and helped led the team to this past year's College Cup final. 
 
NWSL
 
Julie Ertz, D/M, Chicago Red Stars - Season starts March 25
 
Cali Farquharson, F, Washington Spirit - Season starts March 24
 
Jessica McDonald, F, NC Courage - Season starts March 24
 
Ashley Hatch, F, NC Courage - Season starts March 24
 
Sydney Leroux, F, Orlando Pride - Season starts March 24
 
USL
 
Evan Waldrep, M, Phoenix Rising - Season starts March 17
 
Justin Davis, D, Nashville SC - Season starts March 17
 
Liga MX
 
Ventura Alvarado, D, Necaxa - Not in the 18 for Necaxa's 1-1 draw with Puebla on Friday. 
Season: 2 matches (5 matches with Santos Laguna)
 
Eredivisie Vrouwen (the Netherlands)
 
Cassie Miller, GK, PSV Eindhoven: In the 18, but did not play in PSV's 3-0 win over Ajax on Friday. 
Season: 0 matches
 
Toppserien (Norway)
 
Arianna Romero, D, Vålerenga Fotball Damer - Season starts March 23
 
Division 1 (Sweden)
 
Kellie Peay, D, Skovde KIK 
 

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