HOW ACQUIRED: Selected in the second round of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft
COACHES' BREAKDOWN: Stevenson is one of the most skillful, technical players at a school that's known for producing them. A wide midfielder who's good in 1-v-1 situations, he can cut inside and dribble by guys. His shot from distance can be devastating, and he can pick a pass decently. Stevenson's performance suffered this year partly because he was playing through a torn labrum, but even without the injury, Stevenson isn't quite the complete package. He's quick over five yards, but not particularly fast over distance. He can be inconsistent at times, and he's not a great defender. Stevenson was a great fit for Akron's system, but in a system where he would have to hug the sideline and go box-to-box, athleticism could rear its head as an issue.
COLLEGE: 2013:All-Great Lakes Region Third Team honoree ... also earned All-MAC First Team honors ... appeared in 22 games, making 21 starts ... finished third on the team with five goals, including a pair of game winners ... also tied for second with five assists ... earned MAC All-Tournament Team honors after fueling the Zips attack with two goals and an assist during the MAC Tournament ... 2012: Named to All-MAC Second Team ... started all 22 matches at either forward or midfield ... enjoyed a break out season, posting career highs in just about every catergory, inlcuding goals (7), assists (5), and minutes played (1,806) ... was third on the team with 19 points... 2011: Appeared in 20 games, including 14 starts ... made 12 consecutive starts at left back from Sept. 3 to Oct. 21 ... 2010: Appeared in 13 games, including starts at North Carolina (Sept. 3) and at Wake Forest (Sept. 5) ... scored the first goal of his career against the Tar Heels in UA's 3-0 win ... 2009: Redshirted his freshman season
Prior to Akron: NSCAA High School All-American ... ranked 27th-best high school prospect in the nation by Top Drawer Soccer ... two-time Division III All-Ohio first team honoree ... member of the U-18 Columbus Crew Academy team ... led Worthington Christian High School to a Div. III state championship as a sophomore.
Personal: Born Aug. 30, 1990 ... parents are David and Paula Stevenson ... has three older brothers; Bill, Rob and Tim ... father, David, grew up in the Congo in the 1960's where his parents were missionaries ... David later played for the Ohio State men's soccer team in 1970-71 ... majoring in marketing.