Twenty Tar Heels On MLS Rosters.
McCarty has a familiar face on the sideline in the country’s capital, as former Tar Heel Chad Ashton is one of the assistant coaches for D.C. United.
Pause, who saw time with the U.S. Men’s National Team at the beginning of the year, will have the opportunity to provide guidance to a rookie with the Chicago Fire as 2011 MLS SuperDraft First Round pick Jalil Anibaba will be a member of the Fire as well.
Five other members of the 2010 Carolina soccer team will be part of MLS squad lists in 2011 as fellow defender and first round pick Eddie Ababio agreed to terms with Colorado Rapids. Second round draft picks Stephen McCarthy (New England Revolution) and Michael Farfan (Philadelphia Union) went into the draft with signed contracts, while the LA Galaxy in the supplemental draft selected Dustin McCarty. Junior Alex Dixon signed a homegrown deal with Houston Dynamo who the Humble, Texas, native starred for during his academy days.
Dixon will have the help of several former Tar Heels in Houston as the club boasts five former Tar Heels on its squad. Veterans Corey Ashe and Eddie Robinson along with relative newcomers Tyler Deric and Jordan Graye are part of the Dynamo roster.
Other Tar Heels in MLS include: Zach Loyd (FC Dallas/USMNT), Gregg Berhalter (LA Galaxy), Sheanon Williams (Philadelphia Union), Chris Leitch (San Jose Earthquakes) and Michael Harrington (Sporting KC). In addition to Ashton manning a sideline, former Tar Heels Marco Feruzzi (FC Dallas) and Kerry Zavagnin (Sporting KC) are also MLS assistant coaches, while Gregg Berhalter will serve in a player-coach role in 2011.
Tar Heels in MLS 2011
Logan Pause – Captain
Dax McCarty – Captain
Chad Ashton – Assistant Coach
Marco Feruzzi – Assistant Coach
New England Revolution
San Jose Earthquakes
Kerry Zavagnin – Assistant Coach