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When Marcus Tracy passed on Major League Soccer's last offer, and decided to skip the MLS Combine and Draft for a chance at European soccer, he wasn't expected to wait too long to find interest from abroad.
Tracy didn't wind up waiting at all.
The Danish daily newspaper Ekstra Bladet is reporting that Tracy is set to sign a contract with Aalborg BK.
Tracy is in St. Louis for the presention of the Hermann Award, presented to the NCAA Division 1 soccer player of the year. He is expected to fly to Denmark after that ceremony to put the finishing touches on a three-year contract with the reigning Danish champions and UEFA Cup participants.
Tracy becomes the third Wake Forest graduate to play in Denmark, joining Jeremiah White at AGF Aarhus and Michael Parkhurst, who recently signed with FC Nordsjaelland.
It is a very disappointing blow to what was shaping up to be one of the stronger MLS drafts in recent memory. The 22-year-old striker was projected to be a Top-three pick in the draft, but he ultimately passed up what the report calls the largest contract for a rookie in MLS history in order to make the move to Europe.
Instead, Tracy joins an AaB side struggling through a tough domestic campaign but a club that also just finished in third place in its UEFA Champions League qualifying group, a group that included Manchester United, Villarreal and Celtic. Aalborg will face Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna in the UEFA Cup Round of 32 in February.
What do you think of the move? Like the idea of Tracy possibly getting UEFA Cup playing time this year? Upset that he didn't sign with MLS? Would he have been your No. 1 pick if he entered the MLS Draft?
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