Nation's second-leading goal scorer returning to Maryland soccer for junior season

Maryland forward Gordon Wild was one of the best attacking talents in college soccer last season.

Maryland men's soccer forward Gordon Wild announced Monday that he is returning to school for his junior season, giving a reloading Terps team one of the top goal scorers in the country.

Wild, who finished tied for second nationally with 17 goals in 21 games, was mulling an offer from Major League Soccer, according to The Washington Post, but said on Instagram that he would hold off on turning pro for now.


"At this point I want to officially announce that I will return to the University of Maryland for my junior season," the Cologne, Germany, native and South Carolina Upstate transfer wrote. "Thanks #terpnation for all of your support and can't wait to begin the chase for the national championship next season with my brothers!"

Wild, the Big Ten Conference Offensive Player of the Year, was one of three finalists for the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy. Wake Forest midfielder Ian Harkes won the award Friday, given to the best player in college soccer.

Maryland loses senior goalkeeper Cody Niedermeier (Broadneck) and three starting defenders to graduation but again should have one of the top attacks in the nation next season. The Terps' first and only loss of 2016 was a 5-4 stunner against visiting Providence in the second round of the NCAA tournament.