HOW ACQUIRED: Via trade with Chivas USA on February 13, 2013 in exchange for allocation money and right of first refusal to Jonathan Bornstein.
Every team can use a steady, unerring midfielder like Ben Zemanski. Raised in the crucible of passing soccer in those Caleb Porter Akron teams of the late-aughts, Zemanski’s career is studded with a deep interest in circulating possession and putting up a brick wall to opposition attacks. Zemanski can do a bit of everything, from defending to shuttling possession between the back and front lines. Before suffering an ACL injury in 2015, Zemanski was considered a growing part of Portland’s starting plans in the central defensive midfield.
COLLEGE: Zemanski was on Caleb Porter’s first ever Akron team, and the team’s rise to the loftiest heights of college soccer was due in no small part to Zemanski’s steady presence in the middle for four quality years.