Jan. 8, 2004
College Park, Md. - Maryland men's soccer player Clarence Goodson has decided to forego his senior season at the University of Maryland and sign a Project-40 contract with Major League Soccer.
Goodson scored four goals and had five assists as a freshman striker in 2000. After taking a year off to get situated academically, Goodson returned to the Terrapin lineup as a center back, where he started 46 games over the past two seasons. In those seasons, Maryland made back-to-back College Cup appearances, won an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) regular season and tournament title and won a school-record 20 games in consecutive seasons. He helped the team record a school-record 13 shutouts in 2002, followed by 12 more in 2003. He was a second team All-ACC selection in 2003.
"Clarence's ascent as a player is a tremendous compliment to him and the role college soccer plays in the development of players," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "When he came back to the team in 2002, he embraced the challenge of a new position and excelled at it - he's a great success story. His steady progress and consistency over the past two seasons has been one of the keys to our success, and he has caught the eye of everyone who has seen him play. Clarence's impact on our program is respected and appreciated by us, and we wish him the best of luck in the future."
"It was a tough decision, it was something I had to think long and hard about," Goodson said about passing on his senior season. "I gained so much at the University of Maryland both academically and athletically. I had a tremendous experience with a great group of guys and a wonderful coaching staff, and it's something I will treasure forever."
Clarence Goodson's Career Statistics Year GP-GS G A Pts. 2000 19-11 4 5 13 2002 25-24 3 4 10 2003 22-22 3 2 8 Totals 66-57 10 11 31