California goalkeeper David Bingham has signed a Generation adidas contract with Major League Soccer and will be made available in a special draft lottery before the 2011 MLS season, sources told SBI on Monday.
Bingham was regarded as one of the top two goalkeeping prospects heading into the 2011 MLS Draft, but was left out of the 2011 Generation adidas draft class after failing to reach an agreement. Sources tell SBI MLS and adidas were wary of having two GA goalkeepers available in the same draft, but negotiations between the two sides had been going on for several weeks.
Bingham will be made available in a special draft lottery, similar to the lottery used in 2010 when Luis Gil signed as a Generation adidas player after the 2010 MLS Draft.
A Top 12 player on the SBI MLS Draft Big Board before the 2011 MLS Draft, Bingham is regarded as a comparable prospect to Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath, who was the fifth player taken in the 2011 MLS Draft. Some scouts actually think Bingham is better and the more pro-ready goalkeeper of the two.
A second-team NSCAA All-American and first-team All-Pac 10 selection, Bingham posted a 0.77 goals-against average and eight shutouts.
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