2013 (Crew): The Homegrown Player made 20 appearances, including 18 starts, and recorded one assist for the Black & Gold in his rookie season. He made his MLS debut in an appearance at leftback at Toronto (May 18) and made his first MLS start at rightback at Houston (June 1), becoming the third Crew Homegrown Player in club history to start. Barson started 15 times at rightback and made three starts and two substitute appearances at leftback. He started eight consecutive League matches from June 1 to July 20, including three consecutive starts at leftback beginning with the match at LA (July 4). After starting in the international friendly against Wigan Athletic (July 13) he returned to the starting lineup at rightback for three straight matches against New York (August 10), Toronto (August 17) and Real Salt Lake (August 24). He then returned with a start against Houston (September 4) and made a sliding goal-line clearance in the first minute of action en-route to a 2-0 victory. Barson later ecorded his first career assist in the 4-2 win at FC Dallas (September 29). He made five starts on the backline in MLS Reserve League action and recorded one assist on Ben Speas’ goal against New York (May 4). In Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup action, he started once at rightback in the Third Round win against Dayton Dutch Lions (May 29).
The defender appeared and started in all but two matches of his college career (93 of 95 games) in four seasons at the University of Akron and was a part of the 2010 National Championship squad in 2010. In his second season as team captain as a senior in 2012, Barson earned NSCAA All-America First Team, Top Drawer Soccer's (TDS) Team of the Season Second Team, All-MAC First Team honors and was one of four Zips to be named to the CoSIDA Academic All-American team for the second straight season with a 3.99 GPA as a biology major. Barson finished his career as a three-time Academic All-American, which matches teammate David Meves as the most honors in program history. The veteran was a leader on a unit that produced 16 shutouts in his final season, including eight straight from September 14 to October 16, the second-highest total in school history and tied for the 13th-highest total in NCAA history. As a junior he was also All-MAC First Team, Academic All-MAC and All-Ohio team honors in 2011. Barson started all 23 games for the Zips at central defender as a junior, helping lead Akron to 11 shutouts on the year while limiting opponents to one or fewer goals in a game 19 times. As a sophmore in 2010, Barson earned Academic All-America Second Team, All-MAC First Team and Academic All-MAC honors, starting all 25 games for the Zips. Barson led Akron's NCAA Championship winning squad with 2,254 minutes in 2010. That year, he recorded the game-winning team save in the final minutes of the NCAA Championship game against Louisville; a match UA won 1-0 to clinch its first team National Championship in any sport. Barson finished with two goals and an assist from his center back position in 2010. As a result, he was called up by the U.S. U-20 National Team at the end of March for a pair of competitions. As a freshman in 2009, Barson started all 25 games to earn Soccer America All-Freshman Second Team and College Soccer News All-Freshman Second Team status. He was a key contributer on a defense unit that set school records for goals-against-average (0.27) and shutouts (19) in his first season.
Barson starred on multiple U.S. national teams, including the U-18s, U-17s and U-15s. The Lewis Center native spent two semesters in the U.S. U-17 Residency program in Bradenton, Fla.
As a senior, Barson was named to the 2008 Parade All-American team. The defender was two-time NSCAA Youth All-American and 2008 all-state second team honoree for Div. I at Olentangy High School.
Barson was signed as a Homegrown Player on January 10, 2013
Barson is the son of William and Darlene Barson. During his time off the field, Barson enjoys being outdoors, cooking healthy meals and exercising. His favorite movies include “Happy Gilmore,” “Heavyweights,” “Remember the Titans” and “Zoolander.” If Barson is listening to music, there’s a good chance that he’s listening to his favorite bands: Bruno Mars, Bastille, The Script and Mumford and Sons. The Columbus native’s favorite place he’s traveled to is Japan, and would like to travel to another coastal country, Greece. The 22-year old has traveled heavily during his life as he’s played soccer on every continent except Africa and Antarctica. Barson is a supporter of La Liga’s FC Barcelona, as well as Ohio State University athletics, and his favorite soccer player is FC Barcelona defender Carles Puyol. His favorite soccer memory is winning the 2010 NCAA National Championship at the University of Akron.