MLS clubs interested in college player from UK

Discussion in 'MLS: General' started by GersMan, Aug 26, 2002.

  1. GersMan

    GersMan Member

    May 11, 2000
    Indianapolis
    not sure about the proper board but...

    This is from a BBC article. Anyone know who this guy is? Do th ey mean a collegiate player? Is he an American?

    "Mark Melling, a 21-year-old defender formerly with Dundee and now on a soccer scholarship in the USA, has claimed that Hibs also want him to join them for training.

    The Daily Express suggests that Preston North End, Washington DC and Columbus Crew are other clubs interested in Melling."
     
  2. dcc134

    dcc134 Member+

    Liverpool FC
    May 15, 2000
    Hummelstown, PA
    Club:
    Liverpool FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: not sure about the proper board but...

    Not that I know anything about this player, but I would assume if he is in fact "on scholarship" he was not "formerly with Dundee" in a professional sense, unless the NCAA doesn't know about it.
     
  3. appoo

    appoo Member+

    Jul 30, 2001
    USA
    Re: not sure about the proper board but...

    i read "soccer scholarship" and I immediatly think College.
     
  4. Elninho

    Elninho Member+

    Sacramento Republic FC
    United States
    Oct 30, 2000
    Sacramento, CA
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Google can be useful. Mark Melling is currently a junior at Cal State Bakersfield, a Division II college. He is from Preston, England.
     
  5. GersMan

    GersMan Member

    May 11, 2000
    Indianapolis
    thanks - why google when I can interact with living, breathing humans?

    So a division II player is "wanted" by multiple pro clubs?
     
  6. appoo

    appoo Member+

    Jul 30, 2001
    USA
    not really. Interested is not the same as "wanted". I remember back in high school one of our lineman got letters from places like Nebraska, FSU, and Syracuse. All big time Division 1 Football programs. He ended up taking a scholarship to a DII school.
     
  7. jmeissen0

    jmeissen0 New Member

    Mar 31, 2001
    page 1078

    that didn't mean those schools didn't want him, they just probably weren't going to give him a scholarship right off the bat
     
  8. dark knight

    dark knight Super Moderator
    Staff Member

    Dec 15, 1999
    Club:
    Leeds United FC
    Since it's not a YA issue, I'm going to move to MLS (renamed).
     
  9. Chris_Bailey

    Chris_Bailey Member+

    Feb 28, 2000
    Chicago
    Club:
    Columbus Crew
    Anyone have a link to the BBC article mentioned?
     
  10. soccernutter

    soccernutter Moderator
    Staff Member

    Aug 22, 2001
    Don't drink beer but like cheese
    Club:
    Tottenham Hotspur FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Re: Re: not sure about the proper board but...

    NCAA div 1 does not allow someone who once had professional status to be on scholarship. Everybody else does. So him being at CS Bakersfield, a NCAA II school, allowes him to be elligable for scholarship.
     
  11. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    Re: Re: Re: not sure about the proper board but...

    No. If you've played one sport professionally, you can't play that same sport in college. It doesn't matter if it's NCAA DI, DII, or DIII, or even NAIA DI or DII. If he's been paid to play soccer, he's ineligible to play for any college, and should this be the case, his services would result in his college team forfeiting all their games he's played in, and possibly some sort of probation.

    You're eligible to play OTHER sports (LSU had a quarterback a couple season's back who'd washed out of minor league baseball, and that was legal).
     
  12. retnicf

    retnicf Member

    May 7, 2001
    Mount Vernon, NY
    NCAA Div II Amateurism Deregulation Guide

    http://www.ncaa.org/library/membership/amateurism_dereg_guide/d2_am_dereg_guide.pdf

    Page 8 - Contracts

    "Before initial full-time collegiate enrollment, and individual is allowed to sign a contract with a professional team for athletics participation."

    Looks like the contract must be voided or terminated prior to enrollment. You cannot be represented by an agent, though.
     
  13. Dr. Wankler

    Dr. Wankler Member+

    May 2, 2001
    The Electric City
    Club:
    Chicago Fire
    I stand mostly corrected.
     
  14. dcsoccer2000

    dcsoccer2000 New Member

    Sep 21, 2000
    Washington, DC
    Re: Re: not sure about the proper board but...

    He probably played within their youth system. At the school where I played (many, many years ago), we had several players that started out with some pretty big clubs and as they got older they were eventually cut, quit or left the team for a variety of reasons. I don't think his situation is that unusual, but he probably never signed a "professional contract."

    I never really looked into the rules pertaining to soccer players participating with club teams, but it's probably similar to the way the NCAA looks at AAU basketball teams. The team picks up the cost of travel, uniforms, registration fees...but just doesn't pay the players...wink,wink ;)
     
  15. BenReilly

    BenReilly New Member

    Apr 8, 2002
    I hate to break this to you, but you are not interacting with living, breathing humans. It is all an illusion on your computer screen.
     
  16. GersMan

    GersMan Member

    May 11, 2000
    Indianapolis
    Oh man.................That really is a bummer.
     

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