With the sixth pick in today's MLS Re-Entry Draft, the Philadelphia Union selected former Generation Adidas midfielder Corben Bone. Bone was one of five players chosen in today's draft, including right back Sean Franklin (DC United), Bobby Boswell (DC United), Marc Burch (Colorado), and Steve Zakuani (Portland Timbers).
Since being drafted 13th in the first round of the 2010 MLS Superdraft, Bone a 25 year old right-footed midfielder, has made only 18 appearances in 4 seasons. His connection to John Hackworth is ominous; he was a member of the 2005 U-17 national team coached by Hackworth. He also played college soccer at Wake Forest and club soccer at USL Premier Development League side Carolina Dynamo just like Hackworth.
Bone has an option on a contract that paid him $49,000 in 2013.
As a freshman in Winston-Salem, NC he helped lead the Wake Forest Demon Deacons to the 2007 national championship. Success at the college level earned him Generation Adidas status in 2010 before he was drafted by the Chicago Fire. However, Bone has struggled to find playing time, logging only 29 minutes in 3 appearances in the last two seasons. He's spent much of that time playing for the Fire reserves, notching a goal and two assists in 10 starts during the 2012 reserve season.
The second stage of the Re-Entry Draft will take place next Wednesday, December 18th. Unlike Stage 1, salaries can be negotiated in the second round. We might see pricey veterans such as Joel Lindpere, Dwayne De Rosario, and Chris Rolfe get drafted by MLS clubs then.