Two college soccer stars from the University of Maryland spent their spring break training with the Philadelphia Union.
Gordon Wild, who turned down an offer from Major League Soccer to return to College Park for his junior year, and former Real Salt Lake Academy midfielder Amar Sejdic both returned to the area for the week after playing a friendly for Maryland against a reserve-heavy Union side on March 12. The game ended in a 1-1 draw.
Wild, a Cologne, Germany native scored a late equalizer in that match on a play started by a long Sejdic free kick. He was second in the nation with 17 goals last season after transferring from USC Upstate.
Sejdic was also born in Germany but moved to Louisville, Kentucky when he was young and spent time in Holland with Vitesse FC before spending his senior year of high school playing for Real Salt Lake’s U18 team in Arizona. Like Wild, he will be a junior this fall.
Both players, along with rising senior Jake Rozhansky, trained with Premier League side Swansea City last summer when they trained at Ludwig Field in College Park.
Wild and Philadelphia Union midfielder Fabian Herbers were both among the national goal-scoring leaders in college soccer in 2015: Wild was tied for first in the nation with 16 and Herbers, who left Creighton after his junior year, finished in a three-way tie for second with 15.
Great spring break spent in Philly. Love this game. pic.twitter.com/80yUqBMjP7— Amar Sejdič (@AmarSejdic_10) March 24, 2017