Several Indiana University football alumni are playing professionally in Major League Soccer this season. Here’s an overview of how some of them have performed in playtime and production so far.
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Celentano creates a quick effect
The 2021 alum Roman Celentano club was selected by FC Cincinnati as second overall in the MLS SuperDraft in January. Celentano was pushed into the first team in April after Alec Kahn was injured, and has put in some great performances.
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He was awarded the MLS Team of the Week in mid-May after clean sheets against Toronto FC and Minnesota United. The reserve goalkeeper will likely remain at Queen City when Caan recovers, but Celentano certainly showed some ability in his opportunity.
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2019 alum Jack Maher has been a regular in the Nashville SC starting lineup this season.
The defender has featured in four of the team’s early games this season, but has started all but one of Nashville’s games since the start of April. He routinely plays the full 90 minutes. He scored a assist against Atlanta United on May 21.
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Meanwhile, Andrew Guttman sustained a quadruple injury in late May and is out for several more weeks recovering. The Atlanta United defender was a regular until his injury. He’s made twice a season so far.
In San Jose, Tommy Thompson has been a frequent earthquake hitchhiker. He’s started the team’s last three games, but has been off the bench for most of the team’s schedule before that. He scored a goal in one of those sub-games in April. Drew Moore has also played a defensive role during most of the Colorado Rapids games this season, often late in the competition.
Inconsistent time for Bruin, Rennicks
MLS veteran and 2011 expert Will Bruyne has been on the bench this season for the Seattle Sounders.
The striker has one goal per year, which he scored in March. But his substitute appearances were often low on minutes, leaving him with little time to score. Bruin started five games in total, but didn’t play the full 90 minutes in any of those games. He’s played 45 minutes or more just five times this season.
Justin Runks has one goal to his name this season for the New England Revolution. He’s been in and out of the starting line-up, and when he’s not starting, his alternate appearances are often as low as minutes. And when he did start, he played the entire match only once, in a US Open Cup game in late May that was overtime.
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