Major League Soccer Multisport Athletes Past and Present


Considering all the demands of running football, it makes sense that some players would have a history of success running for the tape in their background.

Chris Wondolowski

After graduating from De La Salle High School, Wondolowski received several Division I scholarship offers from big-name schools — for the track. Although a relative beginner, he ran the 800 meter and 1600 meter races admirably at the California State Championships. Of course, Wondo would fend off the likes of UCLA and Cal-Berkeley for taking a Division II football scholarship to Chico State, and the rest is MLS history.

Marvell Wynne

With a best recorded time in the 100 meters of 10.39 seconds, Wynne may well have been the fastest football player in the world during his playing days. He also ran the 200m, 400m (personal best: 48 :10) and the anchor leg of a few relays at Poway High School, and won several medals.

ultra marathon

It might sound crazy to ordinary Joes and Janes, but yes, there is a sport where athletes run up to 100 miles in length. A few well-known names in MLS have done even better than Lévesque since transitioning to the extreme sport after the end of their football careers.

Wade Barrett

Although he started trying his hand at ultra-marathon running while still a member of the Houston Dynamo, Barrett quickly realized that his off-season training hobby was no not conducive to better performance in the field.

“You really need power in your legs, and distance training is not what a professional footballer needs,” he once explained to Outside Magazine.

After hanging up his boots, Barrett took up extreme distance running and gradually improved to become a top competitor. He won his first 50-mile race in 2013 and has finished first in three others since. Of his 11 total victories, three others were in 50km races and he also won two 60km races. He has never won a 100 miles, but his best time over that distance is 15 hours, six minutes and 49 seconds.

Nate Jaqua

Like Barrett, Jaqua transitioned into post-football life by covering very long distances quite well. He won three 100-mile races, with a best time of 18:12:30. The former striker also recorded three second places in 50 kilometer races.


No, we didn’t find any tangled and maimed centre-backs who excelled on the mat. However, one of the league’s all-time great defensive midfielders once played in the physically demanding sport that also requires speed and strategy.

Kyle Beckerman

The Real Salt Lake man was among the top high school wrestlers in the country during his time at DeMatha High School. He won a Maryland State Championship and finished third at the Mid Atlantic Classic, one of the toughest events in the country, in 1996. Beckerman gave up wrestling after his sophomore season to focus on full-time football. time.


It’s a sport for big guys with hops, so naturally a defender known for his ability to win aerial duels on the pitch is the only MLS alum with a history in this other net sport.

Tony Lochhead

During his high school years in New Zealand, the former New England and Chivas USA defender played the traditional indoor version for Otumoetai College. Lochhead eventually helped New Zealand win a silver medal at the International Children’s Games, an International Olympic Committee-sanctioned event for children aged 12 to 15. There’s even a beach volleyball court at his parents’ house in Tauranga, and his brother Jason was a ranked pro on the AVP Tour for several years.

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