Like Liam Callahan and Jaime Siaj before him, Peguy Ngatcha has been acquired from a college never previously touched by the Colorado Rapids in the MLS SuperDraft.
Ngatcha emerged from Wright State University, though he began his college career at the University of Northwestern Ohio. Second round pick Callahan came out of Syracuse, with Siaj - selected in the third round - taken from Pfeiffer.
Born in Douala, Cameroon, Ngatcha moved with his family to France when still a youngster. When his parents moved to the USA, their son was sent back to Cameroon where he continued to live with a variety of relatives. He was finally reunited with his parents at the age of 14, in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Ngatcha was a star of soccer and track at high school, before being taken on by the New England Revolution Development Academy as a 16-year-old. He made 26 appearances (13 starts), with the Revs’ DA U18 team, scoring 12 goals and adding six assists. Previously, he had managed 13 goals and two assists for the U16s. And last summer, Ngatcha was a part of the roster for New England’s inaugural U23 team.
College life began brightly for Ngatcha. At the University of Northwestern Ohio, he helped lead the Racers to a 15-3-3 record in 2013, netting 15 goals in 20 matches (11 starts).
In his final year of college, at Wright State, he was a First Team All-Great Lakes Region selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, a First Team All-Ohio by the Ohio Soccer Coaches Association, the Horizon League Player of Year, as well as the league's Offensive Player of the Year. He also tied for the league lead with 10 goals.
Wright State (11-6-3) won its first-ever Horizon League regular season title in 2016 and advanced to the championship match of the league tournament for the third consecutive season.