Major League Soccer

Southern New Hampshire University is proud to be the Official Education Partner of Major League Soccer. Through this partnership, SNHU is helping MLS players, retired players and staff members achieve their goals with flexible online education.

The innovative partnership features internship opportunities for SNHU students, as well as projects with real-world applications. For example, students from a data analytics course helped an MLS club when they analyzed information about the players' training habits.

The relationship also emphasizes community-based initiatives aimed at supporting youth programs, local charities and the military in major cities. Among these is the 20 for 20 Mini-Pitch Initiative, co-sponsored by MLS WORKS, adidas, Southern New Hampshire University and the U.S. Soccer Foundation. The goal is to build 20 mini soccer fields in city neighborhoods, creating a safe place to play for children in underserved communities.

Student Spotlight

  • Student Spotlight Nate Horton

    Nathaniel Horton, Player Competition intern

    A former collegiate soccer player, Nathaniel followed his passion when he earned an internship with MLS. His MS in Sport Management program prepared him for exciting responsibilities at the international level.

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  • Student Spotlight Heath Pearce

    Heath Pearce, Former MLS player

    The MLS partnership began when Heath was thinking about finishing school. He had just made the major career switch from on-field defender to on-air presenter when it clicked that he wanted a degree to lean on.

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  • Student Spotlight Rachel Obert

    Rachel Obert, Communications intern

    Rachel grew up rooting for her hometown soccer team, Sporting Kansas City. So when her MS in Sport Management program led to an internship with the club, she experienced the sport from an entirely new angle.

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Jul 23


Come juggle for a great cause. Join us for the 2016 AT&T MLS All-Star Games as we launch KickStart, a local community initiative to benefit the U.S. Soccer Foundation's Soccer for Success program. For every juggle you make, we'll donate a $1 to the acclaimed after-school program.

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  • Crowd of spectators at a soccer game

    Discovering the Art of the Game

    Tifo – the artistic support for the home team – is full of passion, SNHU associate dean Sloan Kelly tells KICK host and SNHU student Heath Pearce. The signs, the logos, the songs – they all speak to the depth of love fans have for both their favorite clubs and the game of soccer.

  • Gaining an Edge with Data Analytics

    Gaining an Edge with Data Analytics

    It’s not the soccer game we grew up with. Through data collection, players “can actually improve their game,” Dr. Gwen Britton, executive director of STEM programs at SNHU, tells KICK host and SNHU student Heath Pearce. Analytics opens up more possibilities for statisticians in sports.

  • MLS player cheering on field

    Making a Play for Game Design

    It’s critical to design a video game that’s as realistic as the beautiful game itself. For a gamer to have the best experience, “you want to make sure it looks like that character,” Edward Brillant, SNHU game development instructor, shares with KICK host and SNHU student Heath Pearce.