BALTIMORE – Moments before Thursday's MLS Draft was set to kick off, a group of recent college players wereparaded on stage for all to see.Like many in the room, the six prospects are preparing to embark on a professional career, but the group in question is set to begin the next stage of their soccer careers in a class all their own.
Ever since he was a 12-year-old prospect still learning the game, Derrick Etienne has dreamed of starting his professional career as a member of the New York Red Bulls. That dream became a reality last week as Etienne formerly joined the club he has always seemed to call home.
As part of a sweeping Homegrown signing period that saw the additions of seven local players, Etienne signed his first professional contract with the New York Red Bulls on Dec.
The Under-15/16 age group took the fields one last time at the 2012 Development Academy Winter Showcase at Premier Sports Campus in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. Here are some highlights from the final day:
Lonestar SC entered the second half down 2-0 to Strikers FC, but Arik Arredondo scored a goal, followed by Noah Murphy's equalizer and then game-winner in the 68th and 70th minutes, respectively, to earn a 3-2 victory.