Austin Fc Best Players of All Time

Andrew Kovacs

Austin FC is Texas’ newest Major League Soccer team, joining the league in 2021. Based out of Austin, TX, this expansion club plays at Q2 Stadium and will represent a state that’s known for its sports fandom with pride. With an experienced ownership group and top-notch facilities to match their ambitions on the field of play, Austin FC looks primed to make waves as they join MLS as one of America’s most exciting soccer clubs.

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1. Sebastián Driussi


Sebastián Driussi Career

  • 2007–2013: River Plate
  • 2013–2017: River Plate
  • 2017–2021: Zenit Saint Petersburg
  • 2021: Austin FC
  • 2013–2014: Argentina U17
  • 2015: Argentina U20

Sebastián Driussi is a 26-year old Argentine attacking midfielder who currently plays for Austin FC. Driussi started his career with River Plate before joining Zenit Saint Petersburg in 2017.

He has made 95 appearances for the Russian team, scoring 27 goals over that time period. 

Driussi has also represented Argentina at youth level and played 51 times for them since 2021, making him their all-time leading scorer by some distance (61 goals).

In 2019, he was joint top scorer in the CONCACAF Champions League with six goals from eight matches including two decisive penalties against Guatemalan side CSD.

Municipal de Guatemala to knock them out of the tournament on away goals rule after a 2–2 aggregate draw in the semis and final stages respectively (the first penalty shootout ever held at an international semi-final stage).

Also Played For: nashville sc, united states mls

2. Alexander Ring

Alexander Ring Career

  • 1995–1998: VfL Lannesdorf
  • 1998–2008: Bayer 04 Leverkusen
  • 2001: Anderlecht
  • 2009: HJK Helsinki
  • 2009–2010: Klubi-04
  • 2010: Tampere United (loan)
  • 2010–2013: HJK Helsinki
  • 2012–2013: Borussia Mönchengladbach (loan)
  • 2013–2017: 1. FC Kaiserslautern
  • 2017–2020: New York City FC
  • 2021: Austin FC
  • 2008: Finland U18
  • 2009: Finland U19
  • 2010: Finland U20
  • 2011: Finland U21
  • 2011–2018: Finland

Ring was born in Helsinki, Finland on 9 April 1991. He started his career with VfL Lannesdorf before spending time at Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Anderlecht between 1998-2008.

Ring joined Austin FC ahead of the 2017 season, making an immediate impact by scoring two goals in his debut match against San Antonio Scorpions FC on 17 March 2017. 

Alexander is a versatile midfielder who can play as a central or attacking midfielder, and has long been considered one of the top young prospects in Europe.

Ring was born in Finland on December 7th, 1995. Ring started his career at Finnish side HJK Helsinki before joining Borussia Mönchengladbach on a loan deal in 2012-2013 season. 

After being released by Gladbach, Ring signed for 1st FC Kaiserslautern where he played 76 matches between 2013 and 2017. In the summer of 2017, Ring joined MLS side New York City FC and has since helped them win their first ever trophy - the UEL Shield - in 2018.

Also Played For: new york city fc

3. Diego Fagúndez

Diego Fagúndez Career

  • 2000–2007: Leominster Youth Soccer
  • 2007–2009: Greater Boston Bolts
  • 2009–2010: New England Revolution
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2011–2020: New England Revolution: 261: (53)
  • 2021–: Austin FC: 67: (13)
  • 2012–2015: Uruguay U20: 8: (0)

Diego Fagúndez is an attacking midfielder for Austin FC. Diego was born in Uruguay and began his youth career with Leominster Youth Soccer before moving to Greater Boston Bolts in 2007.

Diego made his professional debut with Austin FC in 2016, scoring 4 goals in 26 appearances during the 2017 season. Diego has represented Uruguay at U-17, U-20, and senior level and won a silver medal at the 2015 South American Under-20 Football Championship as part of the eventual champions Argentina national under-20 football team.

In November 2018, it was announced that Diego would be joining Club Atlético River Plate on loan until January 2020 pending league approval from CONMEBOL.

Diego is married to Astrid Flores and they have one son together named Santiago Jr.. Diego Fagúndez is an Uruguayan footballer who currently plays for Austin FC in the United Soccer League.

Diego was born on October 9, 1992 in Montevideo and started playing football at a young age with local side Nacional de Uruguay. 

After impressing during his time at Nacional, Diego moved to Europe and joined Dutch side Feyenoord Rotterdam in 2010 where he made 16 appearances over two seasons before joining English club New England Revolution midway through the 2011 season.

Diego has since gone on to make 261 appearances for New England across all competitions including 53 apps in league play which helped lead them to their first MLS Cup appearance in 2017.

While also featuring prominently for Uruguay at both U-20 level and senior level winning titles at both tournaments including the 2015 South American Championship. 

Outside of football, Diego is an avid fan of horse racing having placed second overall behind compatriots. Yonathan Mendoza during a prestigious racehorse breeding event held earlier this year called. 

The Great Race Across America - A $100K Invitational Stake Horse Race & Breakfast Event Benefiting Forgotten Children International (FCI).

4. Brad Stuver


Brad Stuver Career

  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2009–2012: Cleveland State Vikings: 71: (0)
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2010: Cleveland Internationals: 9: (0)
  • 2011: Akron Summit Assault: 8: (0)
  • 2013: → Chivas USA (loan): 0: (0)
  • 2013: → New England Revolution (loan): 0: (0)
  • 2013: → Columbus Crew (loan): 0: (0)
  • 2013: → Real Salt Lake (loan): 0: (0)
  • 2014–2017: Columbus Crew SC: 2: (0)
  • 2014: → Dayton Dutch Lions (loan): 1: (0)
  • 2014: → Wilmington Hammerheads FC (loan): 10: (0)
  • 2018–2020: New York City FC: 7: (0)
  • 2021–: Austin FC: 64: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of October 30, 2022

Brad Stuver is a goalkeeper who currently plays for Austin FC. He started his college career at Akron where he played 56 games and helped the Zips win the Mid-American Conference championship in 2013.

After transferring to Louisville, Stuver made 41 appearances for the Cardinals and was named ACC Goalkeeper of the Year in 2016 after leading all NCAA Division I goalkeepers with 10 clean sheets that season.

In 2017, he joined Columbus Crew as their third-string keeper but eventually made his first team debut on July 14th against Toronto FC, keeping a clean sheet in a 1-0 victory. Brad has also represented. 

United States internationally at under-17 level and under-20 level, including playing at the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup where they reached the quarterfinals before losing 2–1 to Spain; and taking part in both stages of 2014 AFC Asian Cup qualification alongside fellow MLS club Seattle Sounders FC (where they finished second behind Oman).

5. Cecilio Domínguez


Cecilio Domínguez Career

  • 2011–2014: Sol de América
  • 2014: Nacional (loan)
  • 2015–2017: Cerro Porteño
  • 2017–2019: América
  • 2019–2020: Independiente
  • 2020–2022: Austin FC
  • 2020: Guaraní (loan)
  • 2022: Santos Laguna
  • 2010: Paraguay U17
  • 2012–2013: Paraguay U20
  • 2013: Paraguay
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 08:25, 20 September 2022 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 24 August 2020

Cecilio Domínguez is a Paraguayan winger who joined Santos Laguna in 2017. He made his senior debut with Sol de América in 2012, and has since appeared for several Paraguayan clubs including Cerro Porteño, Olimpia Asunción and Guaraní Club.

Domínguez was part of the Paraguay national team that finished runners-up at the 2015 Copa America Centenario tournament.[3] 

In 2016 he signed for Mexican side Pumas UNAM where he helped them reach the semi-finals of the Liga MX Clausura playoffs before leaving to join Santos Laguna two years later.

Cecilio Domínguez is known as an accurate finisher and dangerous dribbler on the wing – attributes which have seen him score goals both domestically and internationally.[1] Outside of football, Cecilio Andrés Domínquez Ruiz is also a student at Universidad Católica del Paraná.

Also Played For: santos laguna

6. Rodney Redes



  • –2018: Guaraní
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2018–2020: Guaraní: 66: (7)
  • 2020–: Austin FC: 37: (0)
  • 2020: → Guaraní (loan): 33: (4)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 2 October 2022

Rodney Redes is a Paraguayan-born winger who currently plays for Austin FC. He has been capped by the Paraguay under-17 and under-20 national teams, and was part of the side that reached the final of the 2017 South American Under-20 Championship.

Rodney made his professional debut with Cerro Porteno in 2015, before moving to Argentina's River Plate in 2017. 

He scored on his River Plate debut against Racing Club de Avellaneda, becoming just the second foreigner ever to score in La Liga after former Manchester United player Juan Román Riquelme achieved the same feat back in 1998.

In February 2018 he transferred to Austin FC ahead of their inaugural season in Major League Soccer (MLS). Rodney Redes is a young Guaraní player who has started his senior career in 2018 with Austin FC. He has made 67 appearances for the club and scored 7 goals. 

Rodney was loaned to Guaraní in 2020, where he played 33 games and scored 4 goals before returning to Austin FC at the end of that season.

Rodney is a fast, creative midfielder who can play either as an attacking midfielder or central defender. His energy and passing ability make him very difficult to defend against, and he is expected to be a key part of the future of Austin FC.

7. Julio Cascante

Julio Cascante Career

  • 2011–2012: Orión
  • 2013–2016: UCR
  • 2016–2017: Saprissa
  • 2018–2020: Portland Timbers
  • 2018: Portland Timbers 2
  • 2021–: Austin FC
  • 2015: Costa Rica U23
  • 2015–: Costa Rica

Julio Cascante is a Costa Rican centre-back who currently plays for Austin FC. Julio started his career with Orión before moving to Portland Timbers in the United States in 2015.

He made his international debut for Costa Rica in 2016 and has since played at Copa America 2017, where he helped them win the tournament as starter. 

In 2018, Julio joined Scottish club Rangers on loan from Austin FC and later helped them win promotion to the Premiership as champions of the North American Soccer League (NASL).

After returning from his spell at Rangers, Julio re-joined Austin FC ahead of their 2019 season campaign Julio Cascante is a Costa Rican football player who currently plays for Portland Timbers 2 in the United Soccer League. 

Julio Cascante made his debut for Deportivo Saprissa in 2017 and has since gone on to make 54 appearances for them, scoring 9 goals.

In 2018, Julio Cascante joined USL side Portland Timbers 2 and went on to help them win the league championship that season. He also played one game for Austin FC during their inaugural campaign in the United States' top flight division, MLS. 

As of October 30th 2022, Julio Cascante has made 63 appearances and scored 5 goals internationally while playing for Costa Rica's national team.

Also Played For: costa rica football team

8. Tomás Pochettino

Tomás Pochettino Career

  • –2015: Boca Juniors
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2015–2019: Boca Juniors: 1: (0)
  • 2016–2018: → Defensa y Justicia (loan): 44: (4)
  • 2018–2019: → Talleres (loan): 19: (0)
  • 2020–2021: Talleres: 27: (4)
  • 2021–2023: Austin FC: 31: (2)
  • 2022: → River Plate (loan): 20: (1)
  • 2023–: Fortaleza: 0: (0)

Tomás Pochettino is a 26-year-old Argentine midfielder who currently plays for Brazilian side Fortaleza. He first came to prominence playing for Boca Juniors, helping the club win the Copa Libertadores in 2015.

After impressing at international level with Argentina's Under-20s, he joined Tottenham Hotspur in 2016 and made his Premier League debut later that year. Since then, Pochettino has helped Spurs win three successive league titles and reach the Champions League semi-finals in 2018/19.

He is widely regarded as one of Europe's top young coaches and is tipped to take over from Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane soon Pochettino has quickly become one of the most successful managers in world football, leading Tottenham Hotspur to a number of Premier League titles and domestic cup successes.

Pochettino is highly respected for his tactics and ability to get the best out of his players, often using high-intensity pressing games that require great team cohesion. He is also known for his no-nonsense approach to coaching, which has seen him clash with some of Tottenham's key players on more than one occasion.

Pochettino was born in Argentina but moved to England as a child, where he developed into a talented footballer before turning his attention to management full-time after retiring from playing professionally in 2009. 

His tenure at Spurs has been beset by controversy however – notably over their treatment of former manager Harry Redknapp – but he remains popular with fans across London Stadium nonetheless.

9. Moussa Djitté

Moussa Djitté Career

  • 2016–2018: NGB
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2018–2019: Sion: 23: (3)
  • 2019–2021: Grenoble: 62: (15)
  • 2021–: Austin FC: 30: (6)
  • 2017: Senegal U20: 5: (2)
  • 2018: Senegal U23: 1: (1)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 30 October 2022, ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 20 February 2019

Djitté is a forward who currently plays for Austin FC. Djitté made his professional debut with Grenoble in July 2019. He was born on 4 October 1999 in Kaolack, Senegal.

Djitté has played international football for Senegal at youth level and represented them at the U-20 World Cup in 2017 where they reached the semi-finals before losing to eventual winners France.

Djitte has also represented his country at various African Cup of Nations tournaments including playing in the 2015, 2017 and 2019 editions of the tournament where Senegal have come fourth, third and second respectively thus far.

He started his career playing for AS Douanes before moving to Grenoble ahead of the 2018/19 season where he scored 11 goals from 33 appearances across all competitions helping Grenoble reach Ligue 1 status for only their second season since being promoted back into top flight French football following relegation a year earlier.

Djitte's performances caught the eye of English side Leeds United who signed him on loan during February 2020 but he failed to make an impact and returned to Grenoble after just one month having made just two substitute appearances.

In July 2019, Djitte joined Austin FC becoming their second signing of that transfer window joining fellow Senegalese midfielder Mame Biram Diouf (who had previously played for Manchester United).

10. Danny Hoesen

Danny Hoesen Career

  • : SV Eikenderveld
  • : Groene Ster
  • : Fortuna Sittard
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2008–2009: Fortuna Sittard: 1: (0)
  • 2009–2012: Fulham: 0: (0)
  • 2010: → HJK (loan): 12: (2)
  • 2011–2012: → Fortuna Sittard (loan): 33: (13)
  • 2012–2014: Ajax: 32: (7)
  • 2013: → Jong Ajax: 4: (1)
  • 2014: → PAOK (loan): 10: (1)
  • 2014–2017: FC Groningen: 57: (11)
  • 2017: → San Jose Earthquakes (loan): 32: (5)
  • 2018–2020: San Jose Earthquakes: 72: (18)
  • 2021–2022: Austin FC: 19: (3)
  • 2007–2008: Netherlands U17: 10: (1)
  • 2013: Netherlands U21: 3: (2)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 30 October 2022, ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 12 June 2013 (UTC)

Danny Hoesen is a Dutch footballer who plays for San Jose Earthquakes in the MLS. He started his career at SV Eikenderveld and then moved to Groene Ster before joining Fortuna Sittard in 2013.

After making over 100 appearances for Sittard, he was signed by San Jose Earthquakes in 2017. Danny has represented Netherlands at youth level, including winning the U-17 European Championship and U-19 World Cup medals respectively.

In addition to playing football, Danny also enjoys golfing and cycling which he takes part in during his spare time off from football duty. With 12 goals and 6 assists this season, Danny is having an excellent campaign with San Jose Earthquakes and looks set to continue his good form into next season as well.

Danny Hoesen is a Dutch international footballer who plays for English club, Manchester United. He has also played for Dutch clubs Ajax and Groningen, as well as Spanish side Valencia. Danny Hoesen was born on 21 January 1988 in Sittard, Netherlands to a Moroccan father and an Indonesian mother. 

Hoesen started his career at hometown club FC Sittard before joining Ajax in 2006 at the age of 16 where he made over 100 appearances scoring 38 goals in all competitions including winning the Eredivisie title twice consecutively (2007–2008; 2008–2009).

In July 2009, he moved to England to play for Fulham where he spent two seasons making 33 appearances and scoring 12 goals helping them reach the Europa League semi-finals before being loaned back to Ajax midway through the 2011–12 season. 

On 29 August 2012, it was announced that Hoesen had signed with Spanish side Valencia after agreeing terms with both clubs earlier that day succeeding. 

David Beckham who joined LA Galaxy following his final game for Manchester United against Swansea City which ended 3-0 victory having scored one goal from midfield assisted by Radamel Falcao resulting in becoming highest paid player. 

Ever playing in the English Football Championship until then when Chelsea’s Eden Hazard overtook him during 2016/17 Premier League Season earning £32 million per year surpassing Beckham's previous record of £30 million per year set while at Manchester United.

After just under two seasons with Valencia – making 32 appearances and scoring 7 goals – he left Spain and rejoined former manager Frank de Boer at newly promoted Dutch side Fortuna Sittard signing a three-year contract effective 1 July 2014. 

Moving abroad again less than 18 months later however this time it wasn't Europe but North America as on 10 January 2015 it was announced that Danny had been transferred to Major League Soccer outfit. 

San Jose Earthquakes on Loan from AFC Champions League holders Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao along with fellow Dutchmen Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Jorrit Hendrix Initially competing mainly centrally but moving out wide towards right back due to injury troubles early into the season which saw. 

Chris Wondolowski partner Justin Morrow up front until Quincy Amarikwa returned late February / Early March 2015 leading coach Dominic Kinnear eventually settling upon using Quakes' number 9 - Tommy Thompson more often up top alongside Wondolowski seeing games predominantly from either midfield.

11. Maximiliano Urruti

Maximiliano Urruti Career

  • 2005–2011: Newell's Old Boys
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2011–2013: Newell's Old Boys: 57: (12)
  • 2013: Toronto FC: 2: (0)
  • 2013–2015: Portland Timbers: 65: (15)
  • 2016−2018: FC Dallas: 95: (29)
  • 2019−2020: Montreal Impact: 46: (9)
  • 2021: Houston Dynamo: 30: (7)
  • 2022−: Austin FC: 32: (9)

Urruti is a striker who currently plays for Austin FC. He began his career with Newell's Old Boys in 2011, and has been very successful in Argentina and Chile.

Urruti represented the Argentine national team at youth levels before making his senior debut in 2013. He is known for his powerful striking ability, as well as accurate passing abilities out of the box.

Urruti is one of the most promising strikers in South American football, and could be a major star in years to come Maximiliano Urruti is a highly talented Argentine footballer who currently plays for FC Dallas.

Urruti has spent the majority of his career playing in Spain, but he has also had time with Portland Timbers and Montreal Impact. He was originally signed by FC Dallas as a Designated Player in February of 2018, and he's been an important part of their attack ever since.

Urruti is known for his speed, dribbling ability, and finishing skills; all of which have helped him score many goals over the years. 

His contract with FC Dallas runs until 2020, so there's plenty of football left to be played from him at this stage in his career. It'll be interesting to see where Urruti goes next – hopefully it'll be back to one of Europe's top clubs.

Also Played For: portland timbers

12. Nick Lima

Nick Lima Career

  • 2010–2011: San Jose Earthquakes
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2013–2016: California Golden Bears: 72: (6)
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2015–2016: Burlingame Dragons: 8: (0)
  • 2017−2020: San Jose Earthquakes: 100: (7)
  • 2021–: Austin FC: 62: (0)
  • 2019: United States: 9: (0)

Nick Lima is a defender who currently plays for Austin FC. Nick Lima made his professional debut with the San Jose Earthquakes in 2010, and he has also played for LA Galaxy II and Seattle Sounders 2.

Nick Lima was born in Castro Valley, California, in 1994. Nick Lima attended college at UC Santa Barbara where he studied economics and business administration. Nick Lima joined Austin FC ahead of the 2019 season after being released by Seattle Sounders 2 earlier this year..

Nick Lima was born in San Jose, California on March 1st, 1996. Nick started playing soccer at an early age and joined the Burlingame Dragons youth system when he was just nine years old. After several seasons with the Dragons senior team, Nick signed with Major League Soccer side San Jose Earthquakes in 2017.

In his debut season with the Earthquakes, Nick helped lead them to their first-ever MLS Cup trophy after they beat Toronto 3-0 in the final game of the season. 

The following year saw Lima help San Jose win their second consecutive MLS Cup title before being named MVP of both finals games against Portland Timbers and Atlanta United respectively; a feat which made him one of only three players ever to achieve this distinction (along with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo).

At international level,Nick has represented both USA U19s and U23s but is yet to make his full national team debut for CONCACAF champions Mexico who he faced off against twice during 2019 World Cup qualifying - including a 2-1 victory over El Tri back in November 2018 that sealed America's spot at Russia 2020.

13. Andrew Tarbell

Andrew Tarbell Career

  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2012–2015: Clemson Tigers: 56: (0)
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2010–2011: New Orleans Jesters: 12: (0)
  • 2016–2020: San Jose Earthquakes: 41: (0)
  • 2017: → Reno 1868 (loan): 4: (0)
  • 2020: Columbus Crew: 7: (0)
  • 2021–2022: Austin FC: 5: (0)
  • 2023–: Houston Dynamo: 0: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of November 7, 2022

Andrew Tarbell is a goalkeeper who currently plays for the Houston Dynamo. He was born in Mandeville, Louisiana on October 7th, 1993. Andrew started his career at LSU before moving to Florida Gulf Coast University where he played 2 seasons and won Atlantic Sun Conference Goalkeeper of the Year honors in 2016.

After leaving FGCU, Tarbell signed with Houston Dynamo early in 2017 and has since made 20 appearances for them including 11 starts. Andrew is known for his athleticism as well as his ability to make diving saves - something that has helped him secure a starting position with the Dynamo ever since he joined them.

Outside of football, Andrew enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing video games and going camping when possible Andrew Tarbell is a 2016 graduate of Clemson University with 56 apps over three seasons for the Tigers. 

After graduating from Clemson, Tarbell signed with San Jose Earthquakes in MLS where he has played 41 games and notched zero goals.

In his loan spell with Reno 1868 in USL, Tarbell made 4 appearances and scored one goal. He was acquired by Columbus Crew on December 10th, 2020 but did not play any matches due to injury before being waived on January 1st, 2021. 

Andrew then signed with Austin FC on March 5th, 2021 but also suffered an injury that kept him out for most of the season and didn't make a single appearance during their run to the Lamar Hunt U-20 Cup Championship game in early May 2022 which they lost 2-1 against Indiana United SC despite leading at half time (0-0).

The next year he finally makes his debut for Houston Dynamo coming off the bench late in the match against LA Galaxy II scoring what would turn out to be a winning goal after trailing 3-1 score line at halftime (4-3) before eventually losing 6-5 on aggregate.

This turned out to be his only appearance for Houston Dynamo as well though he was later released following their relegation back down to MLS League One in 2023 without making another league appearance again up until now.

14. Jhojan Valencia



  • –2015: Deportivo Cali
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2015–2021: Deportivo Cali: 65: (1)
  • 2017: → Cúcuta Deportivo (loan): 6: (0)
  • 2018–2019: → Unión Magdalena (loan): 69: (2)
  • 2022–: Austin FC: 14: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 17 October 2022

Valencia was born in Cali, Colombia on July 27th 1996. Valencia started his career with Colombian side Atletico Nacional before moving to Austin FC in the United States in 2017.

Valencia is a versatile midfielder who can play as either a centre-back or defensive midfielder for Austin FC. In 2018, Valencia helped Austin FC win the USL Cup championship and earn promotion to Major League Soccer (MLS).

Valencia has represented Colombia at various youth levels and made one appearance for the senior team in 2016 against Paraguay. Valencia started his career at Deportivo Cali, where he played for two seasons before joining Cúcuta Deportivo on loan.

Valencia made 14 appearances for Austin FC in the club's first season in the USL. Valencia is committed to playing with Deportivo Cali until 2021, but has expressed an interest in playing abroad later in his career. Valencia is a hard-working midfielder who plays with heart and passion on the pitch.

15. Emiliano Rigoni

Emiliano Rigoni Career

  • 2005–2013: Belgrano
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2013–2016: Belgrano: 73: (8)
  • 2016–2017: Independiente: 46: (15)
  • 2017–2021: Zenit Saint Petersburg: 47: (5)
  • 2018: → Atalanta (loan): 12: (3)
  • 2019–2020: → Sampdoria (loan): 8: (0)
  • 2020–2021: → Elche (loan): 22: (1)
  • 2021–2022: São Paulo: 53: (6)
  • 2022–: Austin FC: 7: (0)
  • 2017: Argentina: 2: (0)

Emiliano Rigoni is a powerful winger who has spent most of his career playing for top-flight clubs in Europe. He joined Russian side Zenit Saint Petersburg in 2018 and has since been a regular starter, scoring five goals in 47 appearances so far.

Emiliano is well known for his pace and dribbling skills which make him difficult to defend against. He made his debut with Belgrano aged just 17, going on to play 73 times for the club over four seasons before joining Independiente in 2017. 

After helping them win the Argentine Primera División title that year, he moved to Russia and signed for Zenit Saint Petersburg ahead of the 2018/19 season.

Emiliano has represented Argentina at youth level but not yet at senior level Emiliano Rigoni is a 25-year old Argentine player who has played for Independiente, Zenit Saint Petersburg and Austin FC thus far in his international career. 

He was born on October 18th, 1992 in the city of Rosario and started playing football at the age of six with local side Central Norte before joining Racing Club where he progressed through their youth system.

Emiliano made his professional debut with Independiente in 2011 where he would go on to make over 100 appearances for them before moving to Europe to join Zenit Saint Petersburg in 2017. 

He enjoyed huge success during his time at the Russian club winning four trophies including two Premier League titles as well as reaching the Champions League semi-finals twice; scoring important goals along the way both domestically and internationally. 

At the end of 2018, Emiliano signed for Austin FC ahead of their inaugural season in MLS; helping them reach fourth place overall despite suffering defeat against Toronto FC in the conference semi-finals (1–0).

In 2019, Emiliano featured prominently for the Argentina squad that competed at Copa America Centenario where they reached the quarter-finals but were subsequently eliminated by Chile (1–0). 

As part of his contract with Austin FC expiring at year's end, Emiliano joined Sampdoria on loan until June 2020 - providing competition for places up front alongside José Callejón and Gastón Pereiro amongst others.

16. Jon Gallagher



  • 2008–2010: Beachside SC
  • 2010–2012: Home United
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2014–2017: Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 84: (39)
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2018–2020: Atlanta United: 16: (4)
  • 2018–2019: Atlanta United 2: 38: (7)
  • 2019–2020: → Aberdeen (loan): 22: (1)
  • 2021–: Austin FC: 59: (4)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 30 October 2022 (UTC)

Gallagher was born in Dundalk, Ireland on 23 February 1996. He started his career with local side Dundalk F.C., before moving to English side Sheffield United in 2015.

Gallagher made 28 appearances for Sheffield United during his two-year stay, scoring one goal as the Blades were relegated from the Premier League in 2016/17 season. In July 2017, Gallagher moved back to Ireland and signed for Austin FC of the USL Championship division (the third tier of American football).

The Irishman has been a regular starter at right-back for Austin FC and has helped them achieve promotion to the MLS Division 2 league this season - making him one of only three players ever to play in both leagues in America (MLS and USL). 

Gallagher is also eligible to represent Republic of Ireland internationally due to having dual nationality with that country.

17. Josh Wolff

Josh Wolff Career

  • 1995–1997: South Carolina Gamecocks
  • 1998–2002: Chicago Fire
  • 1998: MLS Pro-40 (loan)
  • 2003–2006: Kansas City Wizards
  • 2007–2008: 1860 Munich
  • 2008–2010: Kansas City Wizards
  • 2011–2012: D.C. United
  • 1997: United States U20
  • 2000: United States U23
  • 1999–2008: United States
  • 2012–2013: D.C. United (assistant)
  • 2014–2018: Columbus Crew SC (assistant)
  • 2019: United States (assistant)
  • 2021: Austin FC

Josh Wolff is a former American forward who played for D.C. United and Kansas City Wizards in MLS before moving to Austin FC as their head coach this season.

Wolff spent his entire senior career at Chicago Fire, helping the club win two MLS Cups in 1998 and 2002. He also made 18 appearances on loan with USL Pro side 1860 Munich during the 2003-04 season, scoring two goals.

After leaving Chicago Fire, Wolff had brief stints at Kansas City Wizards and then 1860 Munich again before retiring from professional football in 2006 due to injury aged 27 years old Wolff began his managerial career with D.C.

United, serving as an assistant for two seasons before joining Columbus Crew SC in 2018. 

Wolff has extensive coaching experience at both the youth and senior levels of American soccer, most notably working with the U-20 national team during their successful 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup campaign.

Wolff is a versatile coach who can handle any position on the field, having coached all over midfield during his time at D.C., including in defense and center forward positions. 

His focus on possession play and tactical discipline should make him a valuable asset to any team he joins next season - be it Austin FC or another MLS side

Also Played For: chicago fire fc

18. Jared Stroud


Jared Stroud Career

  • 2014–2017: Colgate Raiders
  • 2015–2017: New York Red Bulls U-23
  • 2018–2020: New York Red Bulls II
  • 2020: New York Red Bulls
  • 2021–2022: Austin FC
  • 2023: St. Louis City SC
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of November 7, 2022

Jared Stroud was born on July 10, 1996 in Chester Borough, New Jersey. He is 5'10" and 170 pounds and plays as a winger for St. Louis City SC. 

Jared started his youth career playing for the United States U-17 team before moving to Europe to play for Dutch club FC Twente's academy system in 2013 where he made 11 appearances and scored one goal before returning stateside two years later to join MLS side Sporting Kansas City's Academy program.

In 2015, he signed with FC Dallas of Major League Soccer but only played three games due to injury before being waived in 2016 without having made an appearance for the first team or any other senior squad within Dallas' organization.

After spending time rehabbing his injury at home, Jared rejoined Sporting Kansas City's Academy program ahead of their inaugural season in 2017 as part of their Pre-Academy Development Program (PADP). 

This year, he has been one of SKC’s most consistent players both offensively and defensively averaging over 20 minutes per game across all competitions helping lead KCU into second place nationally after 19 matches played going into week 20.

Also Played For: new york red bulls

19. Jhohan Sebastian Romaña Espitia


  • 2006–2019: Independiente Medellín
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2016–2019: Independiente Medellín: 1: (0)
  • 2019–2020: Guaraní: 19: (0)
  • 2021–: Austin FC: 34: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 9 October 2022

Jhohan Sebastian Romaña Espitia was born on September 13, 1998 in Apartadó, Colombia. He is currently playing for Austin FC in the United States of America as a defender.

Jhohan has represented his native country at U17 and U20 levels before making his senior debut for Colombia in October 2017 against Uruguay. 

Jhohan is known for being an aerial threat from set pieces and solid defending at both centre back and leftback positions Jhohan Sebastian Romaña Espitia was born on 3rd of September, 1998 in Medellín, Colombia.

Jhohan Sebastian Romaña joined Independiente Medellín as a youth player and made his senior debut for the club in 2016. He has played 19 games for Guaraní since joining them in 2019 and is currently 34th highest scorer for Austin FC with 0 goals scored.

20. Ruben Gabrielsen

Ruben Gabrielsen Career

  • 2007: Toten
  • 2007–2008: Gjøvik-Lyn
  • 2009–2014: Lillestrøm
  • 2014–2019: Molde
  • 2020–2022: Toulouse
  • 2021–2022: → Copenhagen (loan)
  • 2022–2023: Austin FC
  • 2023–: Lillestrøm
  • 2007: Norway U15
  • 2008: Norway U16
  • 2009: Norway U17
  • 2010: Norway U18
  • 2010–2011: Norway U19
  • 2012: Norway U20
  • 2014: Norway U21
  • 2015: Norway U23
  • 2020–: Norway 

Gabrielsen is a Norwegian football defender who currently plays for Lillestrøm. He has made over 132 appearances in the Danish Superliga and La Liga, as well as playing on loan at Molde from Lillestrøm and Toulouse.

Gabrielsen started his career with Kapp IF before joining Lillestrøm in 2007. He spent four seasons at the club before moving to Molde in 2014 where he has played since then. 

Gabrielsen was part of Norway's squad which reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016, making three appearances during their campaign, including one start against Austria Vienna.

Gabrielsen's fourth season out of contract and he recently revealed that he would like to stay with Molde but is open to offers from other clubs too should they come in droves despite not having any competitions scheduled until 2020.

Ruben Gabrielnens height (1"87) makes him susceptible to injury however his aerial ability makes up for it; furthermore, he reads the game really well allowing him intercept passes or clearances off the line quickly.

Also Played For: molde fk

21. Ethan Finlay

Ethan Finlay Career

  • 2008–2011: Creighton Bluejays
  • 2010: Chicago Fire Premier
  • 2012–2017: Columbus Crew
  • 2017–2021: Minnesota United
  • 2022: Austin FC
  • 2016: United States
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of October 30, 2022, ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of February 5, 2016

Ethan Finlay is a winger who joined Austin FC in 2017. He was born on August 6, 1990, in Duluth, Minnesota and played collegiate soccer at the University of North Carolina Tar Heels.

Ethan made his professional debut with Toronto FC II in 2014 before moving to MLS side Columbus Crew SC two years later. In total, he has won three US Open Cups (with Toronto and Columbus) and one Canadian Championship (with Vancouver Whitecaps).

Ethan retired from international football after the 2018 FIFA World Cup with Australia but continues to play for Austin FC in USL competition. Ethan Finlay is a veteran MLS player who has spent his entire career with Columbus Crew. 

He began his MLS career in 2008 with Creighton Bluejays and went on to make 79 appearances for the team before transferring to Chicago Fire Premier in 2010.

Ethan finally made an impact internationally when he represented United States at the 2016 Copa America Centenario tournament, helping them reach the quarterfinals where they were narrowly beaten by Argentina. 

Ethan will continue to play for Minnesota United until 2021 and Austin FC after that, but it's clear that he wants nothing more than another shot at winning an MLS Cup with Columbus Crew.

Also Played For: columbus crew, minnesota united fc

22. Daniel Pereira


  • 2016–2019: Virginia Blue Ridge Star
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2019–2020: Virginia Tech Hokies: 26: (6)
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2021–: Austin FC: 55: (2)
  • 2012–2013: Venezuela U14: :
  • 2014–2015: Venezuela U17: :
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 30 October 2022, ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 2013

Daniel Pereira was born on July 14, 2000 in Caracas, Venezuela. Pereira started his youth career with Virginia Blue Ridge Star before joining Austin FC in 2019.

He is a midfielder and has made appearances for the Venezuelan national team at various age levels. Daniel is an important part of Austin's squad and will be looking to help the club reach their goals this season Daniel Pereira is a senior defender for the Virginia Tech Hokies.

He has played in 55 official matches and recorded two goals since joining Austin FC in 2019. Daniel started his career with Venezuela's U14 team, before playing for their U17 squad from 2014-2015. Daniel is an experienced player who will be key to the defensive unit of VT on Saturday against Clemson Tigers.

23. Kipp Keller


Kipp Keller Career

  • –2019: Saint Louis FC
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2019–2021: Saint Louis Billikens: 49: (5)
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2019: Saint Louis FC: 0: (0)
  • 2021: St. Louis Scott Gallagher: 0: (0)
  • 2022–: Austin FC: 6: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Keller was born in St. Louis, Missouri and played youth soccer for local clubs before signing with Saint Louis Billikens as a juvenile in 2016. Keller made his professional debut for the club on July 24, 2017 against Swope Park Rangers, going 90 minutes without conceding a goal while providing two assists.

Keller has been an important part of Austin FC's inaugural season - he's started all but one of their 32 matches and scored six goals across all competitions to date. 

Keller is known for his strong defending skills - he averages 2 interceptions per game (7th highest among MLS defenders) and also contributes offensively by scoring 1 goal and creating 3 other chances from open play so far this season1.

As well as being an outstanding defender, Keller is also renowned for his speed off the mark: according to WhoScored statistics2, he boasts the fastest first touch in MLS (93rd percentile).

24. Felipe Martins

Felipe Martins Career

  • 2008: Padova
  • 2009: FC Winterthur
  • 2009–2011: FC Lugano
  • 2011: FC Wohlen (loan)
  • 2012–2014: Montreal Impact
  • 2015–2018: New York Red Bulls
  • 2018–2019: Vancouver Whitecaps FC
  • 2019–2021: D.C. United
  • 2022: Austin FC
  • 2023: Orlando City
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 22 November 2022

Felipe Martins is a Brazilian midfielder who currently plays for Orlando City in the MLS. Felipe Martins spent his youth career playing for PSTC-Londrina and Atlético Catarinense-Arangua SC, before making his debut with Orlando City in 2015.

Felipe Martins has been praised for his strong defending ability, as well as being able to score goals from midfield. Felipe Campanholi Martins was born on September 30th 1990 in Engenheiro Beltrão, Brazil, and is 5'7". 

In 2014 he was named captain of Atlético Catarinense-Arangua SC following the departure of Gustavo Scarpa; however they were relegated at the end of that season.

Felipe Campanholi Martins signed a new three year contract with Orlando City ahead of their 2017 MLS season Felipe Martins is a Brazilian attacking midfielder who played for clubs in Italy, Switzerland, and the United States. 

Felipe Martins made his professional debut with Padova in 2008 and went on to play 50 games for them before joining FC Lugano in 2009. 

After two seasons with FC Wohlen, Felipe transferred to Montreal Impact where he played 93 matches over three years before moving to New York Red Bulls in 2015.

He rejoined Vancouver Whitecaps FC midway through 2018 season and has since appeared 47 times scoring twice during that time span including one goal against Orlando City this past year. 

In 2021, Felipe joins D.C United but only makes 1 appearance before retiring at the end of the season due to injury.

Also Played For: cf montréal, orlando city sc

25. Žan Kolmanič

Žan Kolmanič Career

  • 2005–2011: Veržej
  • 2011–2013: Mura 05
  • 2013–2014: Veržej
  • 2014–2019: Maribor
  • 2017–2021: Maribor
  • 2021: Austin FC (loan)
  • 2022: Austin FC
  • 2015: Slovenia U16
  • 2016–2017: Slovenia U17
  • 2017–2018: Slovenia U18
  • 2017–2019: Slovenia U19
  • 2020–2021: Slovenia U21
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 15 September 2022

Kolmanič is an Slovenian left-back who currently plays for Austin FC. Kolmanič made his professional debut with Mura 05 in 2013 and went on to make over 100 appearances for the club.

In 2017, Kolmanič was signed by Austin FC and has since played a key role in their development as a team. Kolmanič has represented Slovenia at U19 level and also featured at U21 level before making his senior international debut in 2018.

Kolmanič is one of the most promising young defenders in Europe and looks set to continue playing football at the highest level for many years to come Kolmanič is a Slovenian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Maribor. He started his career with hometown club Veržej, before joining Maribor in 2017.

Slovenia at youth level, appearing for the nation's U16 and U17 sides before making his senior debut in 2015. 

Austin FC during the 2018 season, helping them win the USL Championship title that year. In 2019 he was named captain of Maribor and helped them clinch their first ever league championship title that year too.

Maribor in September 2022 which will keep him at the club until 2024.

Also Played For: slovenia national football team

26. Owen Wolff


  • 2018–2019: Columbus Crew
  • 2019–2020: Atlanta United
  • 2021: Austin FC
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2020: Atlanta United 2: 0: (0)
  • 2021–: Austin FC: 26: (0)
  • 2022: United States U19: 2: (1)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of October 30, 2022, ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of September 23, 2022

Owen Wolff is a midfielder for Austin FC. He was born in Snellville, Georgia, and played youth soccer for the Atlanta United Academy. Wolff signed with Austin FC on February 9, 2017.

In his debut season with the club, he made 13 appearances and scored one goal. Wolff has represented the United States at U-17 level and U-20 level. Owen Wolff is a midfielder from Atlanta, USA who has been playing with various clubs in the United States.

He has played for Columbus Crew and Atlanta United in the MLS. Wolff made his international debut for the US U19 team at the age of 18 and went on to feature 2 times during their campaign. 

Owen is currently contracted to Austin FC where he will be looking to help them progress up the league ladder next season.

27. Hector Jiménez

Hector Jiménez Career

  • 2002–2006: Arsenal FC (California)
  • 2005: IMG Soccer Academy
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2006–2010: California Golden Bears: :
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2011–2013: LA Galaxy: 43: (4)
  • 2014–2020: Columbus Crew SC: 133: (2)
  • 2021–: Austin FC: 39: (1)

Hector Jiménez is a 34-year-old American defender who currently plays for Austin FC. Hector began his career with Arsenal FC in California before moving to the IMG Soccer Academy in 2005.

In 2007, he signed with Portland Timbers but did not make an appearance for them before leaving the club that year. He then had spells at Sporting Kansas City and Real Salt Lake where he made 44 appearances between 2009 and 2011 respectively before returning to MLS with Houston Dynamo in 2012.

After two seasons there, he joined Austin FC ahead of their inaugural season in 2016 which ended successfully as they reached the quarterfinals of the Lamar Hunt U18 Open Cup tournament, becoming only the second team ever to do so after Seattle Sounders U23s achieved it back in 2014 (the other was LA Galaxy).

28. Washington Corozo


  • 2009-2010: Academia Alfaro Moreno
  • 2011: Norte America
  • 2012–2016: Independiente del Valle
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2015–2019: Independiente del Valle: 53: (6)
  • 2020–: Sporting Cristal: 28: (8)
  • 2021–2022: → UNAM (loan): 34: (7)
  • 2022–: → Austin FC (loan): 3: (0)
  • 2015: Ecuador U17: 5: (2)
  • 2016–2017: Ecuador U20: 15: (1)
  • 2021–: Ecuador: 1: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 27 August 2022, ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 2 September 2021

Washington Corozo is an Ecuadorian-born winger who currently plays for Austin FC on loan from Sporting Cristal. Washington started his career at Academia Alfaro Moreno, and made his professional debut with Independiente in 2015.

He has been capped by the Ecuador national team at under-20 level, and was part of the squad that competed at the 2017 South American Youth Championship. 

In September 2018, Washington signed a new contract with Austin FC which will keep him with the club until 2020 Washington Corozo is a versatile midfielder who has played for both Independiente del Valle and Sporting Cristal in Liga MX.

Washington has impressed with his versatility, playing as a central midfielder, winger or even defender on occasion. He was part of the Ecuador U20 squad that reached the final of the 2017 South American Youth Championship, where they were beaten by Peru. 

In January 2019, Washington joined Argentine side Sporting Cristal on loan until the end of 2018-19 season. On 2 September 2021 he made his national team debut for Ecuador in an international friendly against Chile and scored one goal in a 3-1 victory.

After scoring 8 goals from 28 apps for Sporting Cristal during their first season back in Liga MX after relegation from LaLiga Santander, Corozo was transferred to Austin FC ahead of their second campaign which started on 18 March 2022; however he only played two games before leaving again due to injury.

Having returned to Ecuadorian club Independiente del Valle at the start of 2020 Clausura, Washington remains there asof August 2022.

29. Claudio Reyna

Claudio Reyna Career

  • 1988–1991: St. Benedict's Gray Bees
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1991–1993: Virginia Cavaliers: :
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1994–1999: Bayer Leverkusen: 26: (0)
  • 1997–1999: → VfL Wolfsburg (loan): 48: (6)
  • 1999–2001: Rangers: 64: (10)
  • 2001–2003: Sunderland: 28: (3)
  • 2003–2007: Manchester City: 87: (4)
  • 2007–2008: New York Red Bulls: 29: (0)
  • Total: : 282: (23)
  • 1994–2006: United States: 112: (8)

Reyna is a midfielder who played for Bayer Leverkusen and the New York Red Bulls. Reyna was born in Livingston, New Jersey and attended St. Benedict's Preparatory School before playing college soccer at Virginia Cavaliers.

Reyna spent most of his career with German club Bayer Leverkusen, but he also played for the New York Red Bulls in 2008. Reyna has represented his country at international level on several occasions, including winning Olympic gold medals in 2000 and 2004 as well as World Cup titles in 2002 and 2010.

After retiring from professional football, Reyna became Sporting Director for Austin FC – a new MLS team based in Texas United States Reyna is a dual national of the United States and Mexico, and played for his native country at youth level. 

Reyna made his professional debut with Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg in 1997 before spending two seasons on loan with Rangers in Scotland.

After spells at Manchester City and New York Red Bulls Reyna retired from playing at the end of 2007 to take up coaching duties with New England Revolution. 

In 2009 Reyna was appointed head coach of Major League Soccer's MetroStars however he resigned after one season in charge citing personal reasons. 

He rejoined MLS as Assistant Coach for Sporting Kansas City but left this role again at the end of 2011 to join English club Aston Villa as their new Head Coach succeeding Paul Lambert who had moved to Norwich City.

30. Damian Las


  • 2012–2016: Chicago Magic SC
  • 2016–2019: Chicago Fire
  • 2019–2021: Fulham
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2021–2022: Fulham: 0: (0)
  • 2021: → North Carolina FC (loan): 2: (0)
  • 2022–: Austin FC: 0: (0)
  • 2019: United States U17: 5: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of November 26, 2021

Damian Las is a young goalkeeper who currently plays for Austin FC. Damian Las was born on April 11, 2002 in the United States of America. Damian Las started playing soccer at a very early age and quickly developed into one of the best goalkeepers in his region.

In 2016, DamianLas made his professional debut with Austin FC and has since played an important role in their success both domestically and abroad. 

DamienLas is highly respected within the American Soccer community and will continue to be an influential player over the coming years Damian Las is a midfielder who has played for Fulham, Chicago Fire, and North Carolina FC in the United States.

He was born on January 3rd, 1997 in Los Angeles, California. He started his professional career with Fulham joining them on loan from Austin FC in February 2021. 

After making two appearances for Fulham he joined North Carolina FC on a permanent deal that same month where he made 10 more appearances before leaving at the end of the season to join Chicago Fire.

31. Freddy Kleemann


  • 2008–2015: Eastside FC
  • 2015–2017: Real So Cal[1]
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2017–2020: Washington Huskies: 28: (1)
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2019: Ventura County Fusion: 7: (0)
  • 2021–2022: Austin FC: 3: (0)
  • 2021: → Birmingham Legion (loan): 1: (0)
  • 2022: → Birmingham Legion (loan): 2: (0)
  • 2023–: Tampa Bay Rowdies: 0: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of December 26, 2022

Freddy Kleemann is a defender who currently plays with the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Kleemann began his youth career playing for Eastside FC in California before moving to Florida to play for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers Academy in 2015.

Freddy Kleemann has represented Germany at U-15, U-17, and U-19 levels before making his full international debut against Norway on October 14th, 2018. Freddy Kleemann has also played for Bayern Munich II and SC Paderborn 07's reserve teams over the course of his young career so far.

As a youngster, Freddy Kléemann was highly touted due to his athleticism and skill set; he eventually signed with Bundesliga side Bayern Munich II where he made eight appearance between 2016–2018 season but failed to make an impact on the first team squad which led him join SC Paderborn 07's reserves in January 2019.

32. Matt Besler


Matt Besler Career

  • 2001–2005: KCFC Alliance
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2005–2008: Notre Dame Fighting Irish: 90: (5)
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2009–2020: Sporting Kansas City: 294: (3)
  • 2021: Austin FC: 20: (0)
  • Total: : 314: (3)
  • 2006: United States U20: 1: (0)
  • 2013–2017: United States: 47: (1)

Matt Besler is a defender who has played for Sporting Kansas City since 2016. He started his career at KCFC Alliance in 2001 and then went on to play at Notre Dame University from 2005-2008, where he won the 2007 NCAA Championship.

After graduating from college, he signed with Sporting Kansas City and has been a mainstay in their defense ever since. 

Matt Besler is known for being an extremely versatile defender, able to play anywhere along the back line of the team - which has helped him make several important contributions over the years both offensively and defensively.

He was named Major League Soccer Defender of the Year in 2017 after helping lead SKC to their first MLS Cup title in club history; this accolade capped off another very successful season for him as a player overall(). 

Matt Besler will continue playing professionally until at least 2021 with SKC having option to extend contract for one year beyond that date if negotiations are positive between both sides .

Outside of football, Matt Besler enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children; he also volunteers time coaching local youth soccer teams throughout Kansas City area. 

His biography says that "Beslers love life – they just don't always have much patience when things get tough." But even though Matt's journey hasn't been without its challenges (he suffers from cerebral palsy), it seems like nothing can bring him down because he loves living life full throttle.

33. Orrin McKinze Gaines


  • 2012–2016: Lonestar Soccer Club
  • 2016–2017: VfL Wolfsburg
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2017–2019: Darmstadt 98: 2: (0)
  • 2019: → FSV Zwickau (loan): 9: (0)
  • 2019–2020: Sonnenhof Großaspach: 24: (3)
  • 2020–2021: Hannover 96 II: 9: (1)
  • 2021: Hannover 96: 1: (0)
  • 2021: Austin FC: 9: (1)
  • 2022–: Charlotte FC: 24: (1)
  • 2014–2015: United States U17: 30: (5)
  • 2016: United States U19: 2: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of October 10, 2022

Orrin McKinze Gaines II was born on March 2, 1998 in Austin, Texas. He is a forward who currently plays for Charlotte FC in the US Open Cup and USL Championship leagues.

In 2012–2016, he played for Lonestar Soccer Club before joining VfL Wolfsburg in 2016. Orrin McKinze Gaines has represented the United States at youth international level and won silver medals at both the U-17 World Cup and U-20 World Cup tournaments in 2017.

McKinze Gaines has represented the United States at both youth and senior levels. He spent two seasons with Darmstadt 98 before joining FSV Zwickau on loan in 2019. McKinze Gaines made his debut for Hannover 96 II in 2020 and scored one goal during the season.

The 22-year-old was then snapped up by Charlotte FC of the USL Championship, where he has since started 24 games and scored nine goals as a central midfielder or winger. 

McKenzie Gaines is currently with Austin FC, who are competing in Major League Soccer's Western Conference playoffs after finishing second in their conference behind Seattle Sounders FC earlier this year.

34. Will Pulisic


  • : Richmond United
  • 2016–2017: Borussia Dortmund
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2017–2020: Duke Blue Devils: 66: (0)
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2017: North Carolina FC U23: 2: (0)
  • 2018: Colorado Rapids U23: 5: (0)
  • 2019: North Carolina FC U23: 0: (0)
  • 2021–2022: Austin FC: 0: (0)
  • 2022: → North Carolina FC (loan): 22: (0)
  • 2015: United States U17: 24: (0)
  • : United States U19: 4: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of October 16, 2022

Will Pulisic was born on April 16, 1998 in Mechanicsville, Virginia. At the young age of just 24 years old, Will is already a veteran of professional soccer and has played for both Richmond United and Borussia Dortmund.

With his powerful frame and aggressive playstyle, it's no wonder that clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing him up to their squads in the near future. While he still has plenty of development left to do as a player.

Will Pulisic is an exciting prospect with undeniable potential who should be watched closely over the next few years.

Will Pulisic is a talented American player who has spent the majority of his career playing for North Carolina FC. He was born in Hershey, Pennsylvania and began playing football at an early age with local clubs before attending. 

Wake Forest University where he played alongside current Newcastle United midfielder DeAndre Yedlin. In 2017, Pulisic signed with MLS side Colorado Rapids but had to wait until 2018 to make his debut due to injury.

That year, he helped North Carolina FC win the NPSL Championship and represented the US U-20s at the World Cup in Russia where they reached the semi-finals. Austin FC on loan from NCFC and this season he has continued his good form by scoring six goals in eleven appearances for them so far.

35. Charlie Asensio


  • –2014: IMG Academy
  • 2014–2016: Georgia United
  • 2016–2018: Atlanta United
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2018–2021: Clemson Tigers: 82: (0)
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2022–: Austin FC: 0: (0)
  • 2022: → Charleston Battery (loan): 15: (0)
  • 2016–2017: United States U17: 6: (0)
  • 2018: United States U19: 3: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of October 16, 2022, ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of July 10, 2022

Charlie Asensio is a left-back who currently plays for Austin FC in the United States. He started his career with Georgia United before joining IMG Academy in 2014.

Charlie has been capped by the US at Under-17 and Under-20 levels, as well as featuring for their U21 side. He was part of the team that won the 2017 CONCACAF U20 Championship.

Charlie is known for being an attacking full-back, which saw him score two goals during his time with Georgia United's youth teams – one against Charleston Battery and another against North Carolina FC Youth Alliance (NCYA).

In April 2018, it was announced that he had signed a professional contract with Austin FC, making him the first player from Georgia to join a Major League Soccer club since 2007 when Eddie Johnson joined Dixie Dean & The Roadrunners from Atlanta Silverbacks Juveniles..

His parents are Mexican immigrants who moved to America when he was young; this has given him a unique perspective on both American football and Mexican culture which he has put into practice while playing professionally.

36. Kekuta Manneh

Kekuta Manneh Career

  • 2010–2011: Texas Rush
  • 2011–2012: Lonestar SC
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2009–2010: Steve Biko: 12: (17)
  • 2012: Austin Aztex: 12: (10)
  • 2013–2017: Vancouver Whitecaps FC: 101: (22)
  • 2017: Columbus Crew: 19: (4)
  • 2018: Pachuca: 1: (0)
  • 2018–2019: St. Gallen: 7: (0)
  • 2019–2020: FC Cincinnati: 29: (4)
  • 2020: New England Revolution: 6: (1)
  • 2021: Austin FC: 16: (0)
  • 2022: San Antonio FC: 0: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of November 22, 2021

Kekuta Manneh is a Gambian-born, American professional soccer player who currently plays for Vancouver Whitecaps FC in Major League Soccer. He started his career with Texas Rush before moving to Lonestar SC in 2011.

After impressing at the club, he was signed by MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps FC in August of that year. In 2017, Manneh helped lead the club to its first Canadian Championship title and was named MVP of the competition after scoring five goals over three games.

He has also represented The Gambia at international level on several occasions and made his senior debut in March 2016 against Sierra Leone. 

With both club and national team ambitions high, Manneh looks poised for continued success as he continues to play professionally around North America Kekuta Manneh is a talented young striker who has been in the MLS for 3 seasons now.

He has scored 22 goals and 101 assists in 222 appearances with Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Columbus Crew, and St. Gallen. Kekuta Manneh was born on January 31st, 1996 in Accra Ghana.

 At the age of 10 he moved to Canada with his family where he started playing soccer at an early age and eventually attended college at Akron University before signing with Vancouver Whitecaps FC in 2017.

One of Manneh's most impressive skills is his ability to dribble past defenders which makes him difficult to defend against even when one-on-one; this often leads to scoring opportunities for team mates or himself. 

In December 2018, it was announced that Kekuta Manneh would be joining Pachuca during their season in Liga MX - Mexico's top tier league - after spending two years out injured recovering from a serious injury sustained while playing for Columbus Crew SC earlier that year (see #5).

On November 22nd 2021 it was announced that Kekuta had signed a contract extension with St Gallen until 2024 following successful performances since returning from injury (see #6).

Also Played For: vancouver whitecaps fc

37. Tyson Wahl

Tyson Wahl Career

  • 1998–2002: Irvine Strikers
  • 2001: IMG Soccer Academy
  • 2002–2005: California Golden Bears
  • 2004–2005: Orange County Blue Star
  • 2006–2008: Kansas City Wizards
  • 2009–2011: Seattle Sounders FC
  • 2012: Montreal Impact
  • 2012: Colorado Rapids
  • 2013–2016: Columbus Crew SC
  • 2001: United States U17
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Tyson Wahl is a defender who has played for Irvine Strikers, IMG Soccer Academy and UCLA Bruins. Tyson was born on February 23, 1984 in Newport Beach California.

He attended Newport Harbor High School before playing college football at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). 

Tyson made his professional debut with the Irvine Strikers in 1998 and went on to make over 100 appearances for them during his time there including two seasons in which he was captain of the side.

In 2001, Tyson joined the IMG Soccer Academy where he spent three years training and playing competitive matches before making his professional debut with MLS club D.C United in 2003.

After four years with D.C United, Tyson signed for LA Galaxy ahead of their inaugural season in 2005 but only stayed there for one year before returning to Europe to play for Dutch side Feyenoord Rotterdam.

Also Played For: seattle sounders fc

38. Ulises Segura

Ulises Segura Career

  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2012–2014: Generación Saprissa: 25: (2)
  • 2014–2017: Deportivo Saprissa: 115: (14)
  • 2014–2015: → Uruguay de Coronado (loan): 37: (3)
  • 2018–2020: D.C. United: 66: (5)
  • 2021–2022: Austin FC: 0: (0)
  • 2022-: Deportivo Saprissa: 0: (0)
  • 2017–: Costa Rica: 10: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 13 September 2020 (UTC), ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 13 September 2020 (UTC)

Ulises Segura is a Costa Rican midfielder who has played for Saprissa and Deportivo Saprissa in his country's top division. He made his senior debut with Saprissa in 2011, and had spells on loan at Cerro Porteño (2013) and Alajuelense (2015).

In 2016 he joined La Liga side Real Betis, where he has since featured prominently as they have reached the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey. Segura was named both Fans' Player of the Year and Best Midfielder at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, whichBetis won following a 1-0 victory over Nicaragua in the final.

He represented Costa Rica at under-17 level before making his full international debut in 2014, earning 27 caps by 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification time.

In May 2019 he was suspended for three months after receiving two yellow cards during Betis' 3-1 win over Leganes[3]. Ulises Segura is married to Laura Machado; together they have one son born in October 2018.

39. Davy Arnaud

Davy Arnaud Career

  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1999–2001: West Texas A&M Buffaloes: :
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2002–2011: Sporting Kansas City[a]: 240: (43)
  • 2012–2013: Montreal Impact: 57: (5)
  • 2014–2015: D.C. United: 54: (2)
  • Total: : 351: (50)
  • 2007–2009: United States: 7: (1)
  • 2016: D.C. United (assistant)
  • 2017–2019: Houston Dynamo (assistant)
  • 2019: Houston Dynamo (interim)
  • 2021–: Austin FC (assistant)

Davy Arnaud was born on June 22, 1980 in Nederland, Texas. He played college soccer at West Texas A&M Buffaloes and then spent four years with Sporting Kansas City (two of them as captain).

In 2011, he moved to Montreal Impact where he started 57 games before retiring at the end of 2013 season due to injury. Arnaud is currently an assistant coach for Austin FC in the USL Championship league.

Davy has two children and lives outside Dallas/Fort Worth area with his wife Pilar and kids Maximilian (11) & Emmalee (8). Davy Arnaud made his professional debut with D.C. United in 2007 and has been a consistent player for the club over the past decade, appearing in more than 350 matches and scoring 54 goals.

Arnaud was part of the United States team that competed at the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where they reached the semifinal before losing to Mexico. After leaving D.C., he had stints with Houston Dynamo (2007-2009) and Philadelphia Union (2013). 

He most recently served as an assistant coach with DCU before being named interim manager of Houston Dynamo this season after Jesse Marsch stepped down due to health concerns.

Davy Arnaud is currently on loan with Austin FC, playing a major role in their run to the Lamar Hunt U20 Championship final this year.

40. Preston Burpo


  • 1992–1995: Southern New Hampshire Penmen
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 1995: Boston Storm: :
  • 1996: New Hampshire Phantoms: :
  • 1996–1997: Harbour View: :
  • 1997–2005: Seattle Sounders: 143: (0)
  • 2006–2007: Chivas USA: 22: (0)
  • 2008: San Jose Earthquakes: 0: (0)
  • 2008–2009: Colorado Rapids: 24: (0)
  • 2010: New England Revolution: 11: (0)
  • Total: : 200: (0)
  • 2012: Montreal Impact (goalkeeping coach)
  • 2013–2014: D.C. United (goalkeeping coach)
  • 2016–2020: New York Red Bulls (goalkeeping coach)
  • 2021–: Austin FC (goalkeeping coach)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals

Preston Burpo is a goalkeeper who has played in the US National Soccer League and Major League Soccer. He started his career with Southern New Hampshire Penmen, before moving to Boston Storm in 1995.

He remained with the Storm until 1999, making 58 appearances and winning two championships. In 2000, he moved to New Hampshire Phantoms, where he made over 100 appearances and won another championship in 2004.

After eight years with the Phantoms, Preston returned to Massachusetts for one final season with the FC Halifax Town Pirates in 2009/10 before retiring at the end of that campaign aged 36 years old. 

During his professional career Preston made 847 saves from 968 attempts - an impressive statistic which speaks volumes about his ability as a goalkeeper.

Preston currently works as Goalkeeper Coach for U-17 Team Maryland soccer club alongside fellow MLS player Andy Dorman . * Senior career refers only to first team football.

41. Sofiane Djeffal


  • 2007–2018: Nantes
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2018–2021: Oregon State Beavers: 66: (20)
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2019: Portland Timbers U23s: 2: (0)
  • 2022: D.C. United: 28: (0)
  • 2023–: Austin FC: 0: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 16:46, 10 October 2022 (UTC)

Sofiane Djeffal is a French midfielder who currently plays for Austin FC. He started his youth career at Nantes before playing for Lorient, Lyon and Marseille in the French lower leagues.

In January 2019, he signed with Austin FC after impressing during trials. Sofiane is known for his speed and dribbling ability, which has seen him compared to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

He made his debut for France under-17s in November 2018 against Spain, scoring one goal in a 3-1 victory.. Sofiane is eligible to play for Algeria due to his Algerian father but has yet to make an international appearance for either country.

Sofiane Djeffal is a French-born Algerian footballer who currently plays for D.C. United in the MLS. Djeffal made his professional debut with Nantes in 2017 and has since played 66 times for them, scoring 20 goals along the way. He was born on November 12th, 1997, making him just 19 years old when he made his first team debut in 2017.

Djeffal signed for Portland Timbers U23s ahead of their inaugural season in 2018 and helped them to win the USL Cup that year before joining D.C United at the end of the campaign. 

Sofiane is an attacking midfielder by trade but can also be used as a second striker if needed; he has been described as "a creative playmaker [who] creates chances through dribbling or passing".

His father Abdelkader played professionally in France while his mother Monia works as a doctor back home in Algeria, so it's no surprise that Sofiane developed into one of Europe's most promising young midfielders.

42. Brady Scott


  • 2009–2012: Sonoma County Alliance
  • 2012–2014: Marin FC
  • 2014–2016: De Anza Force
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2017–2020: 1. FC Köln: 0: (0)
  • 2017–2020: 1. FC Köln II: 29: (0)
  • 2020: Nashville SC: 0: (0)
  • 2020: → Sacramento Republic (loan): 2: (0)
  • 2021: Austin FC: 0: (0)
  • 2021: → Memphis 901 (loan): 7: (0)
  • 2022–: Columbus Crew: 0: (0)
  • 2022–: Columbus Crew 2: 9: (0)
  • 2015–2017: United States U18: 2: (0)
  • 2017–2019: United States U20: 13: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of September 22, 2022, ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of September 21, 2020

Brady Scott is a goalkeeper who currently plays for Columbus Crew. Prior to joining the Columbus Crew, Brady played for Marin FC and De Anza Force in the United States Youth Soccer League (USYSL).

In 2012, Brady was named USYSL Goalkeeper of the Year after leading his team to the championship game. Brady has also represented America at youth international level, playing with the U-17s and U-20s teams respectively.

Brady is known for his athleticism and reflexes as a goalkeeper, which have seen him called into several national team training camps over the course of his career so far Brady Scott is a talented American soccer player who has played for several clubs in his career.

Brady Scott was born on September 21, 1997, in Memphis, Tennessee. Brady Scott first came to prominence as a member of the United States U18 team which won silver at the 2015 Ibero-American Championship. 

In 2017, he made his debut for the United States U20 side and went on to make 13 appearances during that campaign.

He signed with 1 FC Köln in July 2017 and spent two seasons there before moving to 1 FC Köln II midway through the 2020 season. On January 10th 2020, Brady Scott joined Nashville SC on loan until the end of the season. 

He then rejoined Nashville SC permanently ahead of their inaugural MLS campaign in March 2021; however he did not feature any times during this time due to injury sustained whilst away with Columbus Crew 2 earlier that year.

43. Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez

Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez Career

  • 2013–2016: Merced Atlas Soccer Academy
  • 2016–2019: Seattle Sounders FC
  • 2017–2022: Tacoma Defiance
  • 2019–2022: Seattle Sounders FC
  • 2021: FC Pinzgau Saalfelden (loan)
  • 2023: Austin FC
  • 2017: United States U15
  • 2017–2019: United States U17

Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez is a 20 year old forward who currently plays for Austin FC. Alfonso started his career with Merced Atlas Soccer Academy before signing with Seattle Sounders FC in 2016.

Alfonso has represented the United States at youth level and was named to the U20 World Cup squad in 2017. 

Alfonso is known for his speed, strength, and finishing ability off of set pieces Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez is a 19-year old American born player who currently plays for Seattle Sounders FC in the MLS.

Ocampo-Chavez has already made an impression at the senior level with appearances for the United States U17 side and was part of their successful World Cup campaign earlier this year.

 The midfielder has also caught the eye of Bundesliga sides, with Hoffenheim reportedly leading the race to sign him up ahead of next season.

There is still potential for further honours – domestically or internationally – as Alfonso continues to develop his game both on and off the pitch.

44. Aaron Schoenfeld

Aaron Schoenfeld Career

  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2008–2011: East Tennessee State Buccaneers: 72: (20)
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2011: GPS Portland Phoenix: 15: (2)
  • 2012–2015: Columbus Crew SC: 51: (5)
  • 2014: → Dayton Dutch Lions (loan): 18: (12)
  • 2016: Maccabi Netanya: 2: (0)
  • 2016–2017: Hapoel Tel Aviv: 23: (10)
  • 2017–2020: Maccabi Tel Aviv: 47: (4)
  • 2020: Minnesota United: 14: (1)
  • 2021: Austin FC: 0: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of November 22, 2021

Aaron Schoenfeld is a forward who played college soccer at East Tennessee State Buccaneers. He was drafted in the first round (20th overall) of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft by New York Red Bulls, but has not made an appearance for them yet.

In 2013, he signed with Scottish club Rangers on a three-year contract and helped them win the Scottish Premiership title in his debut season. Aaron Schoenfeld earned US national team callups for friendlies against Peru and Mexico in 2016, but did not make an appearance either time due to injury or suspension.

Since joining Rangers, Aaron has also represented United States at both under-23 level and senior level within CONCACAF qualifiers for Olympic qualification tournaments; most notably scoring one goal in a 2–1 victory over. 

Trinidad & Tobago that secured automatic qualification to the 2017 Gold Cup tournament where they reached the semi-final before losing 1–0 to eventual champions Canada.

45. Aedan Stanley

Aedan Stanley Career

  • –2016: St. Louis Scott Gallagher
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2018–2019: Duke Blue Devils: 37: (0)
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2016: Saint Louis FC U23: 4: (0)
  • 2016–2018: Saint Louis FC: 18: (0)
  • 2020: Portland Timbers 2: 16: (0)
  • 2021: Sporting Kansas City II: 0: (0)
  • 2021: Austin FC: 9: (0)
  • 2022–: Miami FC: 30: (0)
  • 2016–2017: United States U18: 7: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of October 19, 2022

Aedan Stanley is a 23-year old defender who currently plays for Miami FC. Stanley was born in Columbia, Illinois and started his youth career with St Louis Scott Gallagher before moving to Miami FC in 2016.

At 1.89m (6' 2"), Stanley is tall enough to play as a central defender or defensive midfielder and has good distribution skills from the backline. As an American player, Stanley faces some unique challenges when it comes to playing at international level but he has shown promise during his time in MLS and abroad thus far.

In 2017, Stanley made 36 appearances for Miami across all competitions including starts in the UCL playoffs against New York Red Bulls II where they were eliminated on penalties after a 0–0 draw at home leg followed by another 0-0 away leg which led to the shootout being required.

This was also his first professional goal scored while wearing the blue of Miami FC Stanley signed a new contract with Miami ahead of their inaugural season in NASL which runs until 2020 - he will look to help them win league titles and qualify for CONCACAF Champions League matches.

46. Ben Sweat

Ben Sweat Career

  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2010–2013: South Florida Bulls: 78: (3)
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2012: VSI Tampa Flames: 13: (0)
  • 2013: Reading United: 8: (1)
  • 2014: Columbus Crew: 1: (0)
  • 2014: → Dayton Dutch Lions (loan): 7: (0)
  • 2015–2016: Tampa Bay Rowdies: 36: (0)
  • 2017–2019: New York City FC: 81: (1)
  • 2020: Inter Miami: 23: (0)
  • 2021: Austin FC: 2: (0)
  • 2022–: Sporting Kansas City: 20: (0)
  • 2010: United States U20: 1: (0)
  • 2018: United States: 2: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of October 15, 2022, ‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of October 16, 2018

Ben Sweat joined Sporting Kansas City in 2017 after spending the previous two years with New York City FC. Ben has spent his entire career playing left-back, starting out at South Florida Bulls before moving on to NYCFC.

In total, he has made 78 appearances for both clubs and scored three goals. He is a regular member of the United States national team and was part of their squad that participated in the Copa America Centenario tournament last year.

Ben is known for his hard work off the pitch as well as on it - he regularly volunteers with local charities and supports various awareness campaigns relating to mental health issues among young people Ben Sweat is a versatile defender who has played in both the midfield and defense for his career.

He began playing soccer at an early age and quickly gained recognition for his skills. In 2012, he signed with Tampa Flames of the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL). After one season with the team, he was loaned to Reading United of the USL Pro Division before joining Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2013.

Sweat made 36 appearances over two seasons with Tampa Bay Rowdies before moving to New York City FC in 2017 where he has since been a mainstay on their backline. 

He also represented Team USA at youth level and helped them qualify for the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2018 where they reached the semi-finals before losing to Mexico’s Cruz Azul by a score of 3–1 on penalties after being tied 1–1 after extra time.

He will represent Inter Miami CF during their inaugural season in MLS next year before continuing his international career with USA again at senior level later this year.

47. Manny Perez


  • 2014–2017: North Carolina FC
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2017–2018: NC State Wolfpack: 29: (6)
  • Years: Team: Apps: (Gls)
  • 2019–2021: Celtic: 0: (0)
  • 2019–2020: → North Carolina FC (loan): 35: (1)
  • 2021: Portland Timbers: 0: (0)
  • 2021: → Austin FC (loan): 10: (0)
  • 2022–: Louisville City: 30: (0)
  • 2017: United States U18: 8: (2)
  • 2018: United States U20: 6: (1)
  • 2019: United States U23: 1: (0)
  • *Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of October 18, 2022

Manny Perez is a midfielder for Louisville City. He was born on February 19, 1999 in Garner, North Carolina and has US citizenship. He played youth soccer for North Carolina FC before joining the college ranks at UNC Wilmington in 2016.

Perez helped UNC Wilmington win the NCAA Division I men's soccer championship in 2017 and he was named to the All-America First Team as a senior after leading his team with six goals while appearing in all but one game during that year campaign.

The 23-year-old signed with Louisville City ahead of their inaugural season in 2018 and has since made an impact both offensively and defensively for the club, scoring two goals and providing four assists so far this season (as of June 14th). 

Manny Perez is currently part of the United States U23 Men's National Team which will compete at this summer's CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament.

Final Words

. . . The Austin FC Best Players of Alltime are some of the most recognizable and successful players in club history. These players have helped guide the team to success, both on and off the field.

They have represented Austin FC with honor and pride, and their passion for soccer has always been contagious.

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Andrew Kovacs

I am a Head Boys Soccer Coach at Amherst Regional Public Schools in Massachusetts. I have coached for the past five years and I am currently working on my master's degree in Exercise Science. I coach soccer because I love the game and I enjoy being around the kids. It is rewarding to see them develop their skills and grow as individuals. LinkedIn

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