Ben Polk entering MLS SuperDraft


Syracuse junior Ben Polk appears to be turning pro after only one season with the Orange.

The forward who led the Orange in goals this season with 12 is on the list of 59 players in the first wave of invitees for the upcoming MLS Combine. The invitees are college players who have completed their eligibility and are available for the draft in January.

Polk came to Syracuse after two successful years at Genesee and Herkimer County community colleges in New York. He scored 13 goals in his first year at Genessee and then led the nation with 33 goals after transferring to Herkimer County. Before arriving on campus at Syracuse, the NJCAA All-American won a PDL title with K-W United FC over the summer.

His Orange debut was delayed due to eligibility issues that forced him to sit out the first two matches of the season. He contributed in his debut with a pair of assists but didn’t score until the end of November when he recorded a hat trick against Pitt. He was most potent in postseason, scoring five of his 12 goals in the ACC and NCAA tournaments.

Maryland junior defender Ivan Magalhaes is in a similar boat as Polk, his invitation to the MLS Combine signaling that he was granted only one year of eligibility after transferring from East Florida State junior college.

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