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.

  • Paxton Pomykal kicking a soccer ball

    A Day with Paxton Pomykal, MLS Midfielder and SNHU Student

    FC Dallas player Paxton Pomykal always seems to be in the zone. Whether he’s training in his “sanctuary” or studying in a local coffee shop, his head is in the game – but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Here’s how he manages to succeed as a player and a student, on the field and off.

  • Goal Kepper Kyle Zobeck defending his goal

    A Day with Kyle Zobeck, MLS Goalkeeper and SNHU Student

    For FC Dallas goalkeeper Kyle Zobeck, the partnership between SNHU and MLS was a game-changer. He’s living proof that – with the right balance of work, studying, training and determination – nothing can hold you back from your goals.

  • MLS player Eric Lopez on the field

    SNHU & MLS Help Goalkeeper Eric Lopez Continue The Journey

    When MLS goalkeeper Eric Lopez signed his first professional contract at 15, he had a plan: to never let his education take a backseat to his career. Thanks to the Southern New Hampshire University and LA Galaxy partnership, it won’t have to.

  • 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.

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.