Two hours had passed. Seven other forwards had been taken. Most of the prospective players on-site in Philadelphia for the 2010 MLS SuperDraft had already heard their names called and were making the rounds through media and PR personnel.
On Jan. 14, during the 2010 MLS SuperDraft in Philadelphia, Penn., Akpan was selected in the second round (22nd overall) by the Colorado Rapids. 2008 MLS Cup Champions Columbus Crew selected Nyamekye with the team’s first pick in the fourth round (60th overall).
<p>This is the second part in a series of columns analyzing the current climate of college soccer—its role in the development of the sport in America, its drawbacks and limitations, and the future of the game amidst a growing trend towards youth professional development.
<p>Part 2: Where has college soccer gone wrong, and how do we fix it?</p>
Over the last few weeks, teams across the Ivy League have been served hearty portions of humble pie. Not enough, mind you, for regurgitation of the preseason accolades rained down upon the League and its players, but sufficient to make you feel queasy about their postseason prospects. With roughly a month left until the postseason and the Ivy campaign half finished, now is a good time to assess the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Ancient Eight.
Part 1: Where does college soccer fit in the landscape of American player development?
You don’t need me to tell you that soccer is a growing sport in the United States. Its rosy future has been prognosticated ad infinitum for years by sports journalists. You could argue that the sport reached its apex this past summer with the stunning performance of the U.S. Men’s National Team in the FIFA Confederations Cup. Nearly four million viewers tuned in to watch the English-language broadcast of the USA-Brazil final, with countless more watching on Spanish-language TV network Univision.