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Andre Akpan's Success tied to New England

Andre Akpan is no stranger to New England as he had four productive years at Harvard University. After joining MLS, Akpan found most of his success against the Revolution.

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Although Andre Akpan was born in Grand Prairie, TX, a lot of his success is tied to New England.

After scoring 111 points for The Oakridge School, Akpan arrived at Harvard University in 2006 to play for the Crimsons. The forward was an instant hit as he set a freshman scoring record with 34 points courtesy of 11 goals and 12 assists. His natural playing abilities led to several accolades, including being named as a first-team NSCAA All-Northeast Region selection.

The Ivy League player continued to impress during his remaining years at Harvard and finished as the school's all-time leading scorer with 127 points through 48 goals and 33 assists. In his final year, Akpan served as captain and was recognized as the Ivy League Player of the Year.

Akpan was taken away from New England in 2010 when he was selected by the Colorado Rapids in the second round of the MLS SuperDraft. During his three years in Colorado, Akpan made 29 appearances and scored four goals. His best season came in 2012 when he offered three goals in 15 appearances.

Soon after the start of the 2013 season, Akpan was sent to the New York Red Bulls in exchange for a 2015 MLS Draft pick. Akpan made 12 appearances for the Red Bulls before being sent to the New England Revolution on August 12th.

Interestingly enough, Akpan found a lot of success against the Revs during his limited playing time as a Red Bull. Akpan collected two assists against the Revolution in four appearance.

After entering the game in the 83rd minute, Akpan earned a second assist on a Jonny Steele tally on April 20, 2013. Akpan's pass put Eric Alexander behind the Revolution defense, which allowed the midfielder to play a square ball to Steele. The Irishman would simply tap the ball in to secure the 4-1 victory.

Three weeks later, Akpan played helper when he setup Lloyd Sam's 55th minute goal. Similar to his earlier assist, Akpan sent in a slicing pass that caught the defense off-guard. The subsequent goal helped the Red Bulls equalize en route to a 1-1 draw.

During his MLS career, Akpan has accrued a record of 2-1-4 when playing against the Revolution. It should be noted that Akpan was largely used as a late substitute against the Revs, but he did earn a start in the game on April 20, 2013.

Although Akpan hasn't made much of an impact on MLS yet, a return to New England might spark a resurgence for the talented scorer.