The University of South Carolina soccer program continues to prepare its student-athletes for the total experience in college, and for making the next step to the professional soccer world. In 32 years of play – all coming under the direction of head coach Mark Berson – the Gamecocks have had over 41 players that were drafted or played in the professional ranks. Those individuals were drafted by teams either in the North American soccer leagues or in foreign leagues.

With the emergence of Major League Soccer in 1996, Gamecock Rob Smith joined the Columbus Crew. Former Gamecock greats, Clint Mathis (New York/New Jersey Metrostars) and Josh Wolff (Chicago Fire/Kansas City Wizards), soon joined the list of Gamecocks in the MLS. Wolff and Mathis finished second and third, respectively, in the voting for MLS Rookie of the Year in 1998. Henry Ring was the first goalkeeper drafted in the 2000 MLS Super Draft and spent three years with the Chicago Fire and was named to the MLS All-Star team during a breakout 2004 season. Josh Wolff played for a short time overseas, but returned to the friendly confines of MLS in 2008, rejoining the Kansas City Wizards. Mathis announced his retirement from professional soccer in early August 2010.

In 2003, three more Gamecocks joined the professional ranks. Defender Tim Glowienka was drafted by the NY/NJ Metro Stars and later joined teammate Michael Bachmeyer with the A-League’s Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Midfielder David Moore joined the Atlanta Silverbacks, also a member of the A-League. Joey Worthen played with the Richmond Kickers of the A-League in 2004 and Real Salt Lake of the MLS in 2006, and Tyler Ruthven, a senior in 2009, is a member of the Harrisburg City Islanders.

Brad Guzan was the No. 2 pick, the highest ever for a goalkeeper, in the 2005 MLS SuperDraft. Guzan was a three-year starter for Chivas USA, however, in August of 2008 he made the move to the English Premier League, signing with Aston Villa. In 2007, Mike Sambursky was drafted by the defending MLS Champions and his hometown Houston Dynamo. The most recent former Gamecock to join an MLS squad is former goalkeeper Mike Gustavson who joined the San Jose Earthquakes in 2008 for a short time.