As the NCAA Tournament begins today, big name potential homegrown players like Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders), Brandon Allen (New York Red Bulls), Callum Irving (Vanouver Whitecaps), Bradley Bourgeois (Houston Dynamo), Mael Corboz (New York Red Bulls), Kyle Culbertson (Columbus Crew) and Sebastian Elney (Philadelphia Union) will be a major focus, but so too will a group of players who are likely to go the route of the MLS SuperDraft.
Here are some players to keep an eye on who could potentially be in a Philadelphia Union uniform in the future.
Joshua Yaro, Defender, Georgetown
Jordan Morris is the prize of the homegrowns - he was reportedly just offered the most lucrative homegrown contract ever - but Yaro is the big fish MLS teams have been tracking since the Ghanan was a freshman. He spurned the draft last year to return to the Hilltop, but is planning to graduate after three years so a top pick in the SuperDraft seems to be his destiny.
Fabian Herbers, Forward, Creighton
A favorite to win the Hermann Trophy this season, the junior from Germany is the most potent offensive weapon in the college game right now. He's second this season in the nation in goals and assists with 15 and 12 respectively.
Jack Harrison, Midfielder, Wake Forest
Last year's national high school player of the year has been one of the best additions to college soccer this season, leading top-ranked Wake Forest and winning every postseason ACC award he could.
Abu Danladi, Forward, UCLA
Like Yaro, Danladi is a player MLS teams are very high on. Watching him play, it's not hard to see why. He has 6 goals and 10 assists on the year for a UCLA team that struggled to start the season but has turned it on late.
Omar Holness, Midfielder, North Carolina
The Jamaican international doesn't have the stats (1 goal, 1 assist) that are often needed to capture attention week to week in the college game, but the junior's standing with the national team and raw talent are undeniable.
Napo Matsoso, Midfielder, Kentucky
The junior midfielder from Louisville has been one of the most exciting midfielders to watch in the college game over the last season and has what it takes to lead the Wildcats to a deep run in the tournament. He has 4 goals and 6 assists on the year.
Jason Wright, Forward, Rutgers
The sophomore Jamaican youth international had a break-out year with 13 goals and 4 assists to put himself in the Generation adidas conversation.
Amass Amankona, Midfielder, Dayton
Dayton has the highest scoring offense in the country this season - they've scored four goals or more in a game seven times - and fifth year senior Amass Amankona is a big reason why. The Ghanan leads the team with 13 goals and also has 5 assists.
Kyle Parker, Forward, Charlotte
The senior started off the season slow, but has heated up of late, scoring in eight consecutive games in a stretch late in the season. He has 12 goals and 3 assists this year and 30 goals for his career.
Jake Rozhansky, Midfielder, Virginia
The sophomore Generation adidas prospect has missed some games due to injury this season but scouts haven't quickly forgotten his midfield play in Virginia's run to the College Cup last season.
Jackson Yueill, Midifelder, UCLA
The U.S. youth international has been on fire lately, leading the young and talented Bruins with his dynamic playmaking skill in the middle of the field. He has 7 goals and 5 assists in his first season and is one of the few prospects on the team that isn't a homegrown.
Geoffrey Acheampong, Forward, UC Santa Barbara
The Ghanan freshman was on the radar of MLS scouts even before his freshman season in Santa Barbara, where he's scored 3 goals and assisted on 10 others for the Gauchos.
Brandon Vincent, Defender, Stanford
The senior has developed into one of the best left banks in the nation and has been a perfect 4-of-4 on penalty kicks this season.
Chase Minter, Midfielder, Cal Poly
Minter doesn't get talked about a lot, but he's had a solid career for the Mustangs with 16 goals and 18 assists.
Jonathan Campbell, Defender, North Carolina
The senior is one of the top defenders in college soccer.
Jordan McCrary, Defender, North Carolina
The fifth-year senior is a presence on both sides of the field and reminds me of another former Tar Heel and Union defender (Sheanon Williams) in one key area - his long throws. He twice set up goals with long throws in a game against Louisville this season.
Keegan Rosenberry, Defender, Georgetown
Rosenberry spent time with the Union Academy back before it was full-time and would make a great addition to the first team if he's willing to sign, but there's reason to believe he might enter the SuperDraft instead and end up playing elsewhere next season.
Tsubasa Endoh, Midfielder, Maryland
A crafty senior from Japan, Endoh is diminutive in stature but is usually the one starting the Maryland attack and lately has been the one finishing. His 5 goals are second on the team behind Elney and he's second in assists with 6.
Patrick Hodan, Midfielder, Notre Dame
The senior who won the ACC Offensive Player of the Year last year saw his production decline this season (3 goals, 6 assists), but that was mostly due to him shifting to more of a holding role in the midfield.
Ben Polk, Forward, Syracuse
The junior college transfer has another year of eligibility, but his play of late has some already making comparisons to another British player who took a non-traditional route to pro soccer - Dom Dwyer.
Tanner Thompson, Midfielder, Indiana
The Big Ten Midfielder of the Year is still only a junior. He leads the Hoosiers in assists with 9 and also has 3 goals on the season.
Femi Hollinger-Janzen, Forward, Indiana
Hollinger-Janzen has had been a steady force in the offensive attack for the Hoosiers over the past four season with 22 career goals and 8 assists.
Kyle Fisher, Defender, Clemson
The senior defender was the defensive player of the year in the ACC this season.
Paul Clowes, Midfielder, Clemson
The senior was named the Midfielder of the Year in the ACC this season.
Michael Gamble, Forward, Wake Forest
Injuries limited the senior this season to 13 games, but he still managed 6 goals and 2 assists.
Richie Laryea, Midfielder, Akron
The Toronto native and Canada youth international is only a sophomore, but he's had a breakout year for the Zips with 9 goals, three of those game-winners.
Nick DePuy, Forward, UC Santa Barbara
DePuy, who still has a year of eligibility left, is second in the nation in goals with 15 and is the two-time Big West Offensive Player of the Year.
Abdou Mbacke Thiam, Forward, UConn
The freshman from Senegal leads the Huskies in goals with 11 and has been on a tear of late reminiscent of a certain former Huskies player who just won Rookie of the Year in MLS.
Timo Pitter, Midfielder, Creighton
Herbers gets all the attention, but he's not the only German on the Blue Jays with next level potential. The senior is second on the team in goals with 8 and also has 3 assists.
Julian Buescher, Midfielder, Syracuse
Polk has been getting all of the attention of late, but the second-year player from Germany is the teams leader in the midfield. A member of the German U-16 and U-18 teams and the top midfielder in the German Bundesliga in 2011-12, Bueschner has 8 goals and 8 assists this season for the Orange.