Jan. 16, 2013
Maryland media relations intern Taylor Smyth helps break down John Stertzer, Taylor Kemp and the 2013 Major League Soccer Draft.
Two former Maryland standouts began their professional soccer journeys this week as John Stertzer and Taylor Kemp participated in the 2013 MLS Combine in Ft. Lauderdale Fla.
The combine served as the last opportunity for MLS clubs to evaluate prospective draftees in an on-field setting before in the MLS Superdraft on January 17.
Stertzer, ranked the third best attacking midfielder in the draft by mlssoccer.com, started off the event strong, notching a goal in the opening game. MLS clubs admire the former First Team All-ACC selection for his composure on the ball and ability to push forward and finish around the goal.
Stertzer is projected to go in the top half of the first round by multiple outlets.
Kemp, one of the drafts top left back prospects, is also projected to go fairly early. The Colorado native, who was bothered by injuries during his senior campaign, is expected to use his excellent service and two-way ability to quickly transition into the professional ranks.
Kemp's ability to play left back also boosts his draft prospects, the one position that multiple clubs need to fill.
If selected, the two will join former teammate London Woodberry, who signed a homegrown contract with FC Dallas, as MLS rookies. Other notable former Terrapins currently plying their trade in MLS include US national team regular Omar Gonzalez.
The event can be seen in its entirety on multiple online outlets, including MLSsoccer.com, ESPN3.com and youtube.com. The first overall selection will be broadcast live on ESPN Sportscenter, and former Maryland star Taylor Twellman will serve as an analyst.