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Orange in the Pros: Men’s Soccer Edition

Let’s catch up on some of the alumni in the professional ranks.

MLS: Eastern Conference Semifinal-New York City FC at Atlanta United FC John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

There’s a good number of Syracuse Orange men’s soccer players that are plying their trade int he professional ranks. From MLS to Europe, alumni are all around at the various levels of play.

Miles Robinson - Atlanta United

The 21 year old centerback, currently still alive in the MLS Cup playoffs with Atlanta United, is coming off a stalwart weekend. Robinson got the nod in the opening round for Atlanta, as the starter, Jeff Larentowicz, was out injured. He made the most of his appearance, getting praise heaped upon him by both Tata Martino, his coach, as well as Brad Guzan, the long time veteran USMNT goalkeeper. While it was only his second start and seventh appearance on the season, Miles made the most of it.

Alex Bono - Toronto FC

With a defense in front of him in shambles, and himself out of form through some of the season, Bono had a rough 2018 campaign. He pulled it all together towards the end after a US callup and looks to take to the offseason with a renewed vigor for the future, but an G-xG of 1.12 was definitely a rough season. He’ll look to take to the break come back at 100% for the Reds.

Oyvind Alseth - Ranheim IL

Alseth returned to his native Norway this season, with Ranheim IL. He garnered six starts for the club, with fifteen total appearances. He looks to have been used by Ranheim as primarily a defender. As such, there was little to no offensive output from Alseth on the year.

Skylar Thomas - Charleston Battery

Standard protocol in Charleston includes Thomas in the starting lineup. He garnered 27 starts on the campaign, with 28 total appearances in league. He also got the nod in the USL playoffs and US Open Cup matches. Skylar tallied one goal on the year (headed) and had an overall respectable year at the back for the Battery.

Jordan Murrell - Reno 1868 FC

The former Cuse left back keeps on keeping on with Reno 1868 in the USL. Jordan made 21 appearances with fourteen starts, plus a USOC and Playoff appearance for the club.

Chris Nanco - Bethlehem Steel FC

Nanco had another solid campaign, with 32 appearances, 11 starts, 5 goals and 5 assists on the year. This is his second season with the Steel and looks to be a mainstay in their rotation. The club seems to be using his crazy pace as a solid substitute option to take advantage of some tired legs.

Julian Buescher - LA Galaxy II (Los Dos)

Julian moved from DC United to Los Dos in the offseason. After the move, he started 17 matches for the southern California side, with 21 appearances and a goal. It looks like he and the Galaxy mutually parted ways in August and Buescher is currently without a team. We’ll try and track down where he continues to play.

Nik Perea - Rio Grande Valley FC Toros

Perea signed on last season for a bit with the RGV FC Toros. He continued on this year, playing in 30 matches for the side, garnering 26 starts and slotting three goals.


Others playing in leagues that I can’t particularly track (according to

Juuso Pasanen - FC Honka II - Finnish 3rd Division

Jordan Vale - Auckland City FC - New Zealand 1st Division

If anyone knows of another Cuse alum they’d like me to keep track of, let me know. The Orange will find out who they play in the NCAA second round match that they’re hosting on Saturday, November 17 at SU Soccer Stadium.