Former McDonogh soccer standout Chris Agorsor has signed a contract with Major League Soccer to play for the Philadelphia Union.
Agorsor, who enjoyed a stellar career at McDonogh that earned him a number of area and national awards, was allocated to the Union via lottery Monday.
During his senior year at McDonogh in 2008, the standout striker was named National Player of the Year by Gatorade and the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America (NSCAA) in addition to being chosen The Baltimore Sun's Boys Soccer Player of the Year and its Athlete of the the Year. He scored 24 goals and had eight assists to lead the No. 1 Eagles (21-1-2) to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship.
After playing two injury-hampered college seasons at Virginia, Agorsor, 20, spent time training with the storied Manchester United Club in England and more recently with a club team in Portugal.
He's looking forward to playing in Philadelphia, where he will be reunited with his former Olympic Development Program coach Rob Vartughian, an assistant coach for the team. The Union, which went 8-15-7 in its inaugural season last year, will open the 2011 season on March 19 at Houston.
"It's a great opportunity. One thing I like about Philadelphia is it's very close to Baltimore, so I'll get a chance to play in front of family and friends," he said. "I think one of the things throughout my brief career so far is there's been a lot of movement, and I think now, being kind of settled here with Philadelphia will open up a lot of opportunities for me."
Healthy again after knee and ankle injuries limited his college career, Agorsor is hoping to showcase his skills with aspirations of one day returning overseas to play for a high level club team in Europe along with making a run at the U.S. Men's National Team. He has played on the Under-17 and Under-20 national teams with the U-23 team next in line.
"I'm a big believer that if I take care of what I need to take care of -- which first and foremost is playing and doing well -- that National Team and my future goals, which are distant ones that I don't thing about all the time. But if I play well and showcase my game, then who knows what can happen."