- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On August 22, 2007
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Israel Sesay, a Sierra Leone-born forward who has attended the U.S. under-17 residency program at Bradenton, has signed with MLS and will be available in a weighted lottery this week, sources in the soccer industry said today.
His speed and technical ability have made him one of the top prospects out of the program.
Columbus, which won the Robbie Rogers lottery in the spring, and Toronto — which has been granted numerous player acquisition methods in its expansion year — will not participate in this lottery.
Lotteries were created for players in either the Generation adidas program players signed after the MLS SuperDraft or for Draft eligible players to whom an MLS contract was offered but who failed to sign with the League prior to the Draft.
I would say this is starting to become a process that will be weeded out by the MLS in years to come. Obviously with Columbus and Toronto sitting this one out it leaves the remaining eleven clubs to put their name in the hat for Sesay’s services. RSL, who owns the league’s worst record, will have the greatest percentage of chance to win this lottery; followed by LA and then Colorado.
I don’t know a whole hell of a lot about Sesay but anytime a player goes into a lottery, you have to take a little bit of a notice. If the league is smart they just screw with the lottery and give the kid over to RSL, who needs a player like this. But it wouldn’t surprise me to see him go to a New York, DC, or Chicago either.