UVA's Span signs with Djurgarden

UVA's Span signs with Djurgarden

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UVA's Span signs with Djurgarden

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One of college soccer's top attacking talents is headed overseas.

After not being offered a Generation adidas deal by MLS, University of Virginia winger Brian "Cobi" Span signed with Swedish club Djurgarden on Tuesday. Djurgarden had also offered former Akron and current GA striker Darren Mattocks a deal before he ultimately signed with MLS. United States U-23 centerback Gale Agbossoumonde played there earlier this year as well. 

A 6-foot-3 winger with tremendous pace, the 19-year-old Span had seven goals and five assists in his sophomore season at Virginia and was ranked as the No. 7 overall prospect on Fox Soccer's most recent Big Board. Djurgarden's season in Sweden's top flight begins on March 31. 

What do you think of the signing? Would you rather see young American talents start their professional careers in MLS or head somewhere like Scandinavia?

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