Summer Break: Where college stars are spending their summer
With the spring season wrapped up and finals just about over for college students across the country, many of the veteran stars of college soccer are shifting gears and returning home to play for their hometown Premier Development League and National Premier Soccer League teams while a select few of the rising stars of the game are awaiting invites to play in the Under-20 World Cup in Turkey.
For college standouts and MLS 2014 draft prospects like Maryland’s Patrick Mullins and Georgetown’s Steve Neumann, the summer season offers a chance to stay sharp in the summer as they prepare for what they hope will be a final college season capped by a return to the College Cup (Dec. 13 and 15 at PPL Park).” For others, it’s a chance to impress scouts and compete against some of the top amateurs in the country.
While most college standouts spend the summer with a PDL club, Mullins, the reigning Hermann Trophy winner, will suit up for the NPSL’s New Orleans Jesters. The Jesters are making their debut in the league after leaving the PDL last year. Mullins was a top prospect a year ago and would have gone high in the draft had he not elected to return to Maryland for one season and is a goal-scoring machine.
Here’s where some other college standouts are spending their summer:
Steve Neumann, midfielder from Georgetown, is captaining Reading United
Robbie Lovejoy, midfielder for North Carolina, is playing for Carolina Dynamo
Alex Martinez, midfielder for NC State, is playing for Carolina Dynamo
Spencer Richey, goalkeeper for Washington, is playing for Washington Crossfire
Reinaldo Brenes, forward for Akron, is playing for Portland Timbers U23
Mark Sherrod, forward for Memphis, is playing for Portland Timbers U23
Eric Miller, defender/midfielder for Creighton, is playing for Portland Timbers U23 and is in the pool for the U.S. Under-20 national team
Joey Dillon, midfielder for Georgetown, is playing for Michigan Bucks
Ema Boateng, midfielder for UC Santa Barbara, is playing for Ventura County Fusion
Sebastian Ibeagha, defender for Duke, is playing for Carolina Dynamo
Will Vitalis, midfielder for Louisville, is playing for Portland Timbers U23
Kevin Cope, defender for Michigan State, is playing for Michigan Bucks
Michael O’Keeffe, goalkeeper for Fairfield, is playing for Ocean City Nor’easters
Eric Stevenson, midfielder for Akron, is playing for Seattle Sounders U23
Jeff Gal, goalkeeper for Virginia, is playing for Chicago Inferno
Alex Bono, goalkeeper for Syracuse, is playing for Reading United
Marlon Hairston, midfielder for Louisville, is playing for Orlando City U23 and is in the pool for the U.S. Under-20 national team
Ben Sweat, defender for South Florida, is playing for Reading United
As we hear more player announcements from teams, we’ll add them here.