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DURHAM, N.C.—Major League Soccer is nearing the halfway point of the 2016 season and a host of former Blue Devils are hoping to find their teams in the playoffs in November. While the season here in the United States is gearing up, a pair of Blue Devils in Europe is winding down their 2016 campaigns. Here is a look at how former Blue Devils are faring in the professional ranks.  

Mike Grella- Forward, New York Red Bulls
  • Has started 12 out of 14 games for the Red Bulls
  • Scored four goals to go along with three assists for 11 points
  • Ranks second on the team in goals and third in points


Sean Davis- Midfielder, New York Red Bulls

  • Active for all 14 contests for the Red Bulls
  • Has played in eight games, starting twice
  • Red Bulls currently sit in second place in the Eastern Conference with a 6-7-1 record

Andrew Wenger- Midfielder, Houston Dynamo

  • Has started every game (14) with the Dynamo so far
  • Owns 3 goals and 2 assists on the season
  • Houston has struggled after getting off to a fast start and sits at the bottom of the Western Conference with a 3-7-4 record

Sebastien Ibeagha- Defender, Houston Dynamo

  • Has been active for all 14 games
  • Houston has struggled after getting off to a fast start and sits at the bottom of the Western Conference with a 3-7-4 record

Jay Heaps- Head Coach, New England Revolution

  • After leading the Revolution to the playoffs in 2015, Heaps has the club in striking distance of a playoff spot at the halfway point of the season
  • New England currently sits two spots out of the playoffs as the No. 8 seed in the Eastern conference with a 3-4-7 record

Darrius Barnes- Defender, New England Revolution

  • After a torn patellar tendon ended his 2015 season prematurely, Barnes has not yet touched the pitch in 2016
  • Has been dressed for all 14 games
  • New England is currently in eighth place in the East

Zach Mathers- Midfielder, Seattle Sounders

  • Drafted in the second round, 35th overall, by the Seattle Sounders
  • Is suiting up for S2, the Sounders’ reserve club. Recorded one assist.

Cole Grossman- Midfielder, Stabaek

  • Coming off a 4 goal 2015 season for Stabaek FC of the Norwegian association, Grossman has made 7 appearances thus far in 2016
  • Team plays in the Tippeligaen and is 3-1-9 overall to sit in 15th place

James Belshaw- Goalkeeper, Tamworth FC

  • Starting goalkeeper for Tamworth FC
  • Team finished in seventh place in the Vanarama Conference North with a 16-15-11 record
  • Belshaw has anchored the defense to the fewest goals allowed (45) in the conference