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Terps Prospects (Continued)

Maryland junior Jeremy Hall, a left-sided midfielder with speed and attacking prowess, has been on MLS's radar since early in the college season, and after scoring a team-best 14 goals for the surging Terrapins heading into this weekend's College Cup, his stock continues to rise. But will the former U-17 international from Florida forego his senior year and make the jump to MLS or Europe?

"Jeremy loves it here and he is very dedicated to his education," Terps Coach Sasho Cirovski said. "I think it would take something pretty substantial for him to leave early. Sometime middle of next week we will sit down and talk about it. I will get some more information and help him research different opportunities."

Translation: If the money is right, he'll go pro.

Junior defender Omar Gonzalez is in a similar situation, but as we explained in a feature story last weekend, the 6-foot-5 central back also might have options in Mexico. (Both of his parents are from Monterrey and he said he was approached about joining the Tigres youth system before committing to Maryland.)

Already, Boston College star Alejendro Bedoya has signed with Swedish club Orebro. "Orebro has been tracking Alejandro for over a year and were very aggressive in trying to sign him," agent Patrick McCabe told Soccer America magazine. "They believe he can make a significant contribution to their team next season."

By Steve Goff  |  December 10, 2008; 5:33 PM ET
Categories:  College Soccer , MLS , Mexico  
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Is he man? Is he machine? Keep up the most excellent work Goff!


Posted by: strago | December 10, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the soccer team can approach the graduation rate of mens basketball . . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | December 10, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Can we officially start the calls to cap tie Omar now?

Yes We Can!

Posted by: Colm1 | December 10, 2008 6:23 PM | Report abuse

With all these signings in the Scandinavian league, maybe there will be an Americans Abroad show after all - on A Prairie Home Companion.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 10, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

I-270: Oh no you didn't!
Seriously has anyone ever mentioned PHC on SI before?

Posted by: DadRyan | December 10, 2008 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Ah, soccer in the US...

Where the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and the children are poorly coached.

Posted by: Ron16 | December 10, 2008 9:30 PM | Report abuse

@Ron16: Garrison Keillor would be pleased with that.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 11, 2008 7:26 AM | Report abuse

A couple of ACC-centric articles in Soccernet below.

Colleges still an important pipeline to the pros:

Another Wake title is looking inevitable:

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | December 11, 2008 7:40 AM | Report abuse


In anticipation of a Terps v. Deacs College Cup final....

I don't suppose there is any chance you could get on the horn with Jay Vidovich of WFU? I'd like hear his thoughts on the prospects for a variety of Wake players including Opara (Soph-D), Adams (Sr-D), Cronin (Sr-Mid), Arnoux (Jr-Froward), Bone (Soph-Mid), and Tracy (Sr.-Forward). There's serious talent with those guys.

In lieu of Vidovich's thoughts, what do you think? In my book, Opara and Bone have the greatest potential, with Cronin, Arnoux and Tracy in the second tier.


Posted by: JaimeSegundo | December 11, 2008 8:55 AM | Report abuse

This is very doubtful, but it is something I feel compelled to ask anyway: Does Wake Forest automatically redshirt all their Freshman just like their Football team does?
It's a brilliant idea in my mind, as it gets players acclimated to college life both academically, and athletically, without adding the pressure of playing in meaningful games as a 17-18 year old kid.

It would also help the players to possibly earn their degree in their Junior year, so they can do like Matt Leinart and take Ballroom Dancing their Senior Year and concentrate on improving their soccer to the point of earning the attention of MLS and other leagues.

Posted by: alecw81 | December 11, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

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