Leaving early - 2023/24

Discussion in 'College & Amateur Soccer' started by Sandon Mibut, Dec 14, 2023.

  1. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
    Jamar Ricketts, a redshirt junior from Cal State Northridge who went 13th overall to San Jose, has officially signed.
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  2. Sandon Mibut

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    Feb 13, 2001
    UCLA, R-Jr. Tucker Lepley has signed with the Galaxy. He becomes the 10th Soph, Jr. or R-Jr. who was drafted to have signed a deal with an MLS team. Two more have signed MLSNextPro deals with the club that drafted them.

    I think this proves our longstanding theory that if MLS allowed underclassmen into the draft sans a GA deal, a whole lot more players would turn pro.
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  3. fknbuflobo

    fknbuflobo Member+

    Arsenal FC
    United States
    Nov 16, 2011
    Akron, Ohio
    Arsenal FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Very surprising that this change has taken so long to happen.
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  4. ThePonchat

    ThePonchat Member+

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    Jan 10, 2013
    I've Been Everywhere Man
    Columbus Crew
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Not really. Their League rules have always had major stipulations regarding the roster. With the inclusion of their scamming MLSNP rosters, it’ll only increase the signing of these kids to minimal contracts and they’ll move on after 1-2 years.

    Even the history of their homegrown signings aren’t positive. It’s a method of wage suppression. Depending on how long MLS will keep MLSNP around, we could see it continue or kids choosing to stay in college.
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  5. JoeSoccerFan

    JoeSoccerFan Member+

    Aug 11, 2000
    Yep, it is a reaction that some USL-C were signing underclassmen.
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  6. Sandon Mibut

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    Feb 13, 2001
    Clemson soph. Shawn Smart has singed with USL Championship sign Las Vegas Lights. He's the second Clemson underclassmen to sign with a USL side, joining freshmen Pape Mar Boye, who signed with Phoenix.

    Not quite a trend yet, but an interesting development nonetheless.
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  7. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
    Updating this now that MLSNextPro has started and several drafted underclassmen have signed.

    San Jose State Jr. Beaux Leroux (San Jose, 42 overall), Hofstra Jr. Eliot Goldthorp (Vancouver, 45), Saint Mary's Jr. Riley Lynch (San Jose, 71) and St. John's R-Jr. Nicolas Fleuriau Chateau (Vancouver, 74) have all signed with the MLSNP team that drafted them.

    Seven drafted underclassmen have announced they are returning this fall as have 5 drafted seniors who are taking a Covid year.

    That leaves 16 drafted underclassmen who haven't signed but haven't had their plans formally announced.

    33. Chicago - Olu Oyegunle, D, Syracuse - Jr.
    41. Charlotte - Jacob Babalai, F, Portland - R-Jr.
    47. Salt Lake - Josh Jones, D, Louisville - Jr.
    50. Nashville - Kevin Carmichael, D, California - Jr.
    53. Philadelphia - Stas Korzeniowski, F, Penn - Jr.
    63. Philadelphia - Zach Bohane, M, Stanford - Soph.
    68. Montreal - Eli Conway, F, Connecticut - Soph.
    69. Portland - Gage Guerra, F, Louisville - Jr.
    70. Charlotte - Nathan Richmond, M, Clemson - Soph.
    72. Chicago - Shane de Flores, M, Stanford - R-Soph.
    75. Nashville - Bryce Boneau - M, Notre Dame - R-Soph.
    76. Salt Lake - Maximus Jennings, FB, Georgetown - Jr.
    77. Atlanta - Casper Mols, GK, Kentucky - Soph.
    84. Salt Lake - Ruben Mesalles - D, Duke - Jr.
    86. Montreal - Carson Hodgson, M, Western Michigan - Soph.
    87. Columbus - Luke Pruter, GK, UC Irvine - R-Jr.

    At this point I would expect most, if not all of these guys to be playing another season of college soccer. But, a lot can happen in the next 4 months and there are more pro opportunities than ever for these guys.
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  8. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
    We missed this when it was announced over the winter, but UNC Jr. D Matt Edwards has signed with Atlanta United 2.
  9. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
    Florida Gulf Coast Fr. Luis Lugo has signed with Carolina Core of MLSNP, an independent club.
  10. Sandon Mibut

    Sandon Mibut Member+

    Feb 13, 2001
    SMU Jr. Mads Westergren has signed an MLSNP deal with Dallas, which took him in the third round.

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