The college careers of 8 USMNT World Cup players

For the first time in eight years, the U.S. men’s national team will compete in the FIFA World Cup, and eight players will set the stage for their careers in DI men’s soccer.

USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter will name his World Cup 26-man squad on Wednesday, with the Americans starting their game against Wales on Nov. 21. Here are the former DI men’s soccer players heading to Qatar and their college achievements:

G Matt Turner (Fairfield, 2012-15)

Matt Turner Furman Men's Soccer

As he is currently doing at Arsenal, Turner spent his freshman and sophomore seasons at Fairfield as a backup before securing a starting spot in 2014 and locking it for two years. He has two single-season program averages (0.50) and clean sheets (13). His career 20 clean sheets in 39 games is also tied for the best in the program. Turner was named to the MAAC All-American in his final two seasons.

G Sean Johnson (UCF, 2007-08)

Johnson took on the starting goalie role as a freshman and has maintained that role throughout his Orlando career. In those two years, the Cavaliers were not a very good team, never getting close to .500, meaning Johnson was tested more often than the average keeper. His 108 saves in his sophomore season were tied for the third-highest single-season total in UCF history and helped the Cavaliers cut their average goal by nearly half from the previous year.

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D Aaron Long (UC Riverside, 2010-13)

Aaron Long UC Riverside Men's Soccer Team

Although he now plays at center back, Long played in midfield for the Highlanders and even led the team in goals in 2012 as a junior. During his four years in college, he played a vital role at UC Riverside and was named to the All-Big West First Team as a Junior and Second Team as a Senior.

D Walker Zimmerman (Furman, 2011-12)

Walker Zimmerman Furman Men's Soccer

Zimmerman, who starred in Furman’s two years, was named to the NSCAA All-American Third Team, the College Football News Freshman All-American, and received Rookie of the Year and All-SoCon First Team honors. He contributed to the Paladins’ 14-4-4 record and helped the team secure an NCAA Tournament berth in 2011. Zimmerman was also named to the All-American Second Team as a sophomore.

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D Tim Ream (St. Louis, 2006-09)

Tim Rehm St. Louis Men's Soccer

During his four-year college football career, Rehm played 82 times for the Billikens, including a streak of 63 starts from the beginning of his sophomore season to the end of his St. Louis career. The Billikens reached the NCAA Tournament in all four years and won the A-10 League Championship in 2009, while Ream was named A-10 Defensive Player of the Year.

D DeAndre Yedlin (Akron, 2011-12)

DeAndre Yedlin Akron Men's Soccer

Yedlin arrived in Akron as another highly anticipated rookie for the U.S. youth national team, and he lived up to his potential, appearing and starting 41 times in all 45 games over two seasons. His knack for getting involved in attack (12 assists total) earned him two seasons of Best MAC First Team honors.

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M Cristian Roldan (Washington, 2013-14)

Christian Roldan Washington Men's Soccer

Roldan has earned many accolades throughout his Washington career, including two Pac-12 first-team selections and being named U.S. Soccer Rookie of the Year in 2013. He had 10 goals and seven assists in 41 games over two seasons as his Huskies failed to win the College Cup in both playoffs.

M Jordan Morris (Stanford, 2013-15)

Jordan Morris Stanford Men's Soccer

There’s a lot to cover here. Morris has undoubtedly had the most successful college career of any player on this list, and his time with the Cardinals ended with winning the 2015 National Championship (scoring twice in the finals) and winning the College Cup Offensive Outstanding Player. He also won the 2015 McHellman Cup Men’s College Football Player of the Year award.


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