Georgetown soccer player turns down major league

Sophomore central defender for the Georgetown University men’s varsity soccer team Joshua Yaro (COL ’17) turned down what is rumored to have been a six-figure offer to play Major League Soccer to instead work towards his degree.

Yaro was deemed by many as the No. 1 pick in the MLS SuperDraft and was named to the Soccer America Men’s MVP First Team. He also has earned Big East Defensive Player of the Week honors on multiple occasions over the course of this season and was a member of the Preseason All-Big East squad.

According to The Washington Post, growing up in Ghana, Yaro first made a big name for himself after earning a spot in the Right to Dream Academy, a residence program that integrates academics with athletics.

Right to Dream competed in European tournaments and won African championships, and many players either turned pro or landed spots in prep schools around the world. Yaro was placed at Cate School near Santa Barbara, California where he began to capture the attention of college scouts through his play with the Santa Barbara Soccer Club.

“He is the fastest player I have ever seen on the soccer field at any level,” Georgetown men’s soccer head coach Brian Wiese said to Fox 5 sports news.

Yaro was given an offer to enter the MLS SuperDraft through the Generation Adidas program. This program, which gives underclassmen a guaranteed 3-year contract, allegedly offered Yaro over $200,00 a year.

Much to the chagrin of Orlando City, for Yaro with a 3.7 GPA and desire to work in diplomacy, that offer was not enough to dissuade him from staying another year at Georgetown.

“I wasn’t looking at the money,” he said. “I was looking at if I leave, I want to be able to graduate from Georgetown, and the answer to me was no.”

Photo: Georgetown University Men’s Soccer Team via Facebook

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