San Jose Earthquakes goalkeeper Jon Busch is one of a group of Charlotte 49ers that have been drafted by and/or appeared on MLS teams.

Niners in MLS

This is an attempt to keep a running tab of former Charlotte 49ers that have been drafted by MLS clubs and/or appeared in the league through the course of time. We’ll look to keep this page updated over the course of time, and if you have any updates, let us know.

Jon Busch, G (1994-1996)
Drafted: 2002, Columbus Crew (2nd round, 23rd overall in SuperDraft)
Appearances: 227 (84 w/ Columbus 2002-2006; 60 w/ Chicago 2007-09; 83 with San Jose 2010-pres.)
International caps: 5 (4 w/ U17 team in 1993; 1 w/ senior club in 2005)

Mac Cozier, F (1992-1995)
Drafted: 1996, Columbus Crew (10th overall)
Appearances: 13 (w/ Columbus in 1996)

Floyd Franks, M (2002-2005)
Drafted: 2006, Chicago Fire (1st round, 10th overall in supplemental draft)
Appearances: 18 (16 with Chicago in 2006, 2 with Vancouver in 2012)

Evan James, M (2008-2011)
Drafted: 2012, Montreal Impact (1st round, 1st pick in supplemental draft)
Appearances: 0

Ben Parry, D (1994-1997)
Drafted: 1998, San Jose Clash (3rd overall)
Appearances: 0

Charles Rodriguez, D (2008-2011)
Drafted: 2012, DC United (3rd round, 7th pick in supplemental draft)
Appearances: 0

Chris Salvaggione, M/F (2007-2008)
Drafted: 2009, New England Revolution (3rd round, 38th overall in SuperDraft)
Appearances: 0

Donnie Smith, M/F (2009-12)
Drafted: 2013, New England Revolution (2nd round, 21st overall in SuperDraft)
Appearances: N/A