Maryland junior forward Gordon Wild, a prolific scorer in his first two seasons of college soccer before struggling this fall, will forgo his final year of eligibility to pursue a pro career. Wild, 22, has weighed opportunities back home in Germany in the second division but is likely to sign with Major League Soccer this week and enter the Jan. 19 draft in Philadelphia, one source told The Washington Post. He is working with sports marketing firm Octagon, which lists former U.S. star Eddie Pope among its North American soccer executives. Neither Wild nor Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski replied to requests for comment from the Post. Wild is the second prominent Terp to leave a year early: Eryk Williamson, a U.S. under-20 national team midfielder from Alexandria, Va., is deciding whether to sign with a club in Scandinavia or accept D.C. United's homegrown contract offer. He has no plans to return to College Park. As a D.C. academy player, Williamson is not eligible for the MLS draft. It is unclear how highly MLS clubs rate Wild after he scored just five goals in 2017 and went scoreless the past two months. As a freshman, he led the nation in scoring with 16 goals at South Carolina Upstate, a small Division I program. He then transferred to Maryland and scored 17 goals in earning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors and being named one of three finalists for the Hermann Trophy, college soccer's equivalent to football's Heisman Trophy.

Major League Soccer: D.C. United acquired Venezuelan national team midfielder Junior Moreno. The club agreed to pay an undisclosed transfer fee to Zulia, a Venezuelan club that has employed him since June 2015. Moreno, 24, is a central player with ball-winning and possession skills. He made his senior international debut for La Vinotinto last summer in a friendly against the United States in Sandy, Utah, assisting on a goal in the 1-1 draw. In the fall, he started World Cup qualifiers against Argentina and Uruguay, and entered as a substitute against Paraguay. United remains in the hunt for a striker and are in discussions with two attackers with whom they own MLS rights: Gonzalo Veron (claimed in the re-entry draft from the New York Red Bulls) and Williamson (homegrown candidate).


— Steven Goff, The Washington Post

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CBA's Shuckers to play home games at AACS in Severn

The Baltimore Shuckers of the Central Basketball Association announced that Annapolis Area Christian School's Kilby Athletic Center in Severn will be their home court for the team's seventh season. "The Kilby Athletic Center is an excellent facility for our team and a place we're proud to call home," general manager John Wolfe said. "It provides a quality basketball facility for our team and also exceptional amenities for our fans to enjoy a great night of sports entertainment." Located at 109 Burns Crossing Road in Severn, the facility expanded in 2017 and provides seating for up to 1,330. The Shuckers' season will begin in March, but their schedule has yet to be announced.

Women's college basketball: St. Mary's junior forward Kobe Chaney (South River) was named Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week. ... Washington College sophomore guard Caitlyn Clark was selected Centennial Conference Player of the Week.

Men's college basketball: Stevenson senior guard Danzel Wright was picked as Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth Player of the Week.

Running: The first BithEnergy MLK Unity 5K, hosted by the Howard County NAACP, will be held Jan. 13 at 8 a.m. at 6940 Gateway Drive in Columbia. The event also includes the Prism Family Fun Run/Walk event. Registration before Sunday is $30 and $40 the day of the race. Go to to register online. Email for more information.

Baseball: The regular meeting of "Talkin' Baseball" will be held Saturday at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. ESPN analyst Tim Kurkjian will discuss his book, "I'm Fascinated by Sacrifice Flies: Inside the Game We All Love." Call 410-992-1186 for details.

Golf: Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation will host the Chilly Willy Scramble on Jan. 20 at Pine Ridge Golf Course; the It's Not Summer Scramble on Feb. 10 at Mount Pleasant Golf Course; the Jack Frost Scramble on March 3 at Pine Ridge Golf Course; and the Superintendent's Revenge Scramble on March24 at Forest Park Golf Course. To register or for more information, go to

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