DURHAM, N.C. – As the Major League Soccer (MLS) season is coming to a close, teams are fighting for playoff spots in the final push of the regular season. A number of former Duke players or coaches are either playing or coaching in the MLS. Jason Kreis has coached Real Salt Lake to second place in the Western Conference, while 2012 No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wenger of the Montreal Impact has had a bit of success in playing a key role coming off the bench.
Darrius Barnes - D - New England Revolution
6 GP - 4 GS - 395 minutes played
Barnes has played in just six games this season for 395 minutes. Multiple injuries have plagued Barnes this season including, an adductor strain, a calf strain and a right foot sprain. The Revolution is currently out of the playoff mix with a record of 7-14-7 for a total of 25 points. The Revolution is in eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Cole Grossman - M - Columbus Crew
10 GP - 5 GS - 500 minutes played
Grossman has played in 10 games this season for the Columbus Crew, while earning five starts in the process. He recently scored the first goal of his career in a 2-2 tie against the Houston Dynamo. Grossman has played 500 minutes in the midfield for the 12-9-6 Crew. Columbus currently owns the fifth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Jay Heaps - New England Revolution Head Coach
Heaps has guided the Revolution to a 7-14-7 record this season. Following a strong start to the season, the Revolution has struggled as of late and currently sits in eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
Jason Kreis - Real Salt Lake Head Coach
Kreis has led Real Salt Lake to yet another outstanding season. RSL is 14-10-4 overall placing them in second place in the Western Conference, and seven points behind first place San Jose Earthquakes. RSL has struggled a bit of late, going 3-3-1 in their last seven games.
Robbie Russell - D - D.C. United
16 GP - 16 GS - 1,343 minutes played
Russell has played and started 16 games this season for D.C. United. He owns one goal on the season for D.C. United, coming in a 3-0 win against Montreal. In addition, he has been a staple on United’s defense while playing 1,343 minutes. D.C. United currently sits in sixth place in the standings, one point behind the Columbus Crew for the fifth and final playoff spot.
Andrew Wenger - F - Montreal Impact
18 GP - 4 GS - 546 minutes played
The No. 1 overall draft pick in 2012, Wenger has scored four goals in 18 appearances with the Impact. In his last start against the Philadelphia Union, Wenger scored the game-winning goal in the 44th minute of the game. With four starts on the year, Wenger contributes significant minutes off the bench for the expansion squad that is 12-14-3 overall. The Impact is currently in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, only three points behind the Columbus Crew for fifth-place.
Mike Grella - F - Scunthorpe United (England)
6 GP- 6 GS – 2 Goals
Grella has made six starts for Scunthorpe United, including four league and two cup appearances, in which Grella has scored two goals. Grella signed a two-year contract with Scunthorpe United (League One) in July 2012. Since moving to England in 2008, Grella has played with Leeds United (Championship League), and League One teams Bury, Carlisle United, and Brentford. During his time overseas, Grella has scored 17 goals in 87 games.