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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.

  • MLS goalkeeper Tim Howard holds a soccer ball while standing in a goal.

    Tim Howard’s Goal: Earning a Degree

    Colorado Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard began his professional soccer career right out of high school. Now he’s going back to school online at Southern New Hampshire University and earning his college degree — a goal he’s always wanted to achieve. Learn more about Tim’s journey.

  • A Day with David Ousted

    A Day with David Ousted

    Experience a day in the life of David Ousted, Vancouver Whitecaps soccer player, father and now an online student at SNHU. See how the goalkeeper is able to study finance online at SNHU while balancing family life, training and the busy Major League Soccer season.

  • Get a sneak peek into the life of Tyrone Mears, Seattle Sounders right-back and online student at SNHU. Find out how he’s able to stay on top of his schoolwork while practicing and preparing for Major League Soccer playoffs.

    A Day with Tyrone Mears

    Get a sneak peek into the life of Tyrone Mears, Seattle Sounders right-back and online student at SNHU. Find out how he’s able to stay on top of his schoolwork while practicing and preparing for Major League Soccer playoffs.

MLS Community

Children playing soccer

As the official education partner of Major League Soccer, Southern New Hampshire University is joining forces with MLS teams in the United States and Canada to make a real, measurable impact in local communities.

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Student Spotlight

  • Omar Gonzalez

    Back to School with Omar Gonzalez

    For Omar Gonzalez a once-in-a-lifetime offer of a professional soccer career was too good to resist. Making his goal of completing his education overwhelming, until the opportunity arose through SNHU.​

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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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  • Jeff Agoos

    Student Spotlight: Jeff Agoos

    Former MLS player Jeff Agoos has spent the majority of his career as VP of competitions. Interested in taking his education further, the partnership between SNHU and MLS allowed him to do just that​.

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  • Chance Myers

    Student Spotlight: Chance Myers

    ​Sporting Kansas City defender Chance Myers fulfilled his dream of playing professional soccer. Now he is working toward a post-playing goal and taking online classes at SNHU.​

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  • 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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