Jon Bakero

College Soccer

Jon Bakero looking to repay Fire's faith in him by making a difference

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PHILADELPHIA The Chicago Fire may have lost a bit of quality in the goal-scoring department with the departure of David Accam, but their first-round draft pick might just be able to help pick up the slack.

Before trading Accam to the Philadelphia Union during the second round of Friday's MLS SuperDraft, the Fire sent a total of $175,000 in allocation money and goalkeeper Matt Lampton to Minnesota United for the fifth overall pick.

SBI MLS Draft Spotlight: From Spain to Wake to MLS, Bakero's journey readied him for professional success

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Entering his senior season at Wake Forest, Jon Bakero was asked to make a transition into a leadership role.

While some may have struggled with the extra responsibility, Bakero shouldered it and became the man the Demon Deacons relied on.

"A year ago we lost three first-team All-Americans and we needed guys that were on paper role players and Jon Bakero was one of those guys," Wake Forest head coach Bobby Muuss told SBI.

16 players to watch in the 2017 College Cup

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Nick Fishman ranks 16 players to watch as the best four teams in men's college soccer come to Philly.

NCAA College Cup semifinals preview: Akron vs. Stanford

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With the College Cup coming to Talen Energy Stadium this weekend, Nick Fishman previews the first of Friday's semifinal doubleheader. Here's everything you need to know about Stanford and Akron.