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.

  • Daniel Saolli and teammates practicing soccer on the field

    Sporting KC Forward Daniel Salloi tackles school-life balance at SNHU

    Finding time for family, friends and school is no easy feat – but for Sporting Kansas City Forward Daniel Salloi, it’s all in a day’s work.

  • Tesho Akindele

    MLS Forward Tesho Akindele ‘Won’t Regret’ Returning to School

    "You're not going to regret it." When Tesho Akindele was wavering on whether he should go back to school, his wife gave him the push he needed. Today, the FC Dallas forward is the first MLS player to graduate from Southern New Hampshire University - and now he's ready to start his master's degree.

  • MLS Midfielder Tony Tchani on the soccer field

    MLS Midfielder Tony Tchani Keeps Family in Mind While Earning Degree

    Sometimes, earning a degree isn’t just for yourself. For Major League Soccer’s Tony Tchani, a midfielder for the Vancouver Whitecaps, it’s also about his mom. “I feel like after doing that, she’ll be really, really proud of me,” said the online business student at SNHU.

  • MLS Goalkeeper Chris Seitz playing soccer with young daughter

    MLS Goalkeeper Balances Life with Young Family and Earning His Degree

    The scene sounds familiar to many SNHU students: Getting meals ready with the family. Picking up the kids at school. And bettering yourself through exercise and classwork for your online degree. It’s a just a regular day for Major League Soccer goalkeeper Chris Seitz, a business student at SNHU.

  • Jordan Allen training

    Real Salt Lake Midfielder Jordan Allen Focuses on Class While Injured

    An injury can help put things in perspective for a professional athlete. For Jordan Allen, recovering from knee surgery has allowed him to switch gears, from his midfielder position with MLS’ Real Salt Lake to classes for his online bachelor’s degree in political science at SNHU.

  • Eric Miller sitting on soccer field

    A Day with Eric Miller

    By working toward his MBA degree in economics, Eric Miller is preparing for his post-soccer career. After work. At his favorite coffee shop. And in between walks with his dog, Cooper.

  • A JoyJar assembled by SNHU students

    Students Assemble JoyJars to Bring Brighter Moments to Cancer Patients

    When people come together for a common cause, great things happen. It’s why New England Revolution midfielder and SNHU student Kelyn Rowe continually answers the call to help others.

  • 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.


Student Spotlight

  • 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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