College Star Heads To Europe, Not MLS

College Star Heads To Europe, Not MLS

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On December 16, 2009
  • Craig Henderson, Sweden
MLS loses out on yet another young star like Dartmouths Craig Henderson. (photo via Dartmouth)

MLS loses out on yet another young star like Dartmouth's Craig Henderson. (photo via Dartmouth)

‘Tis the season for players to head to Sweden, Norway and Denmark. Last week the MLS Draft Combine list was released but this morning news from Sweden reports that one college star will not be going the MLS route and instead will be headed to Sweden.

Dartmouth’s Craig Henderson is the next college star set to go to one of the Scandinavian leagues instead of MLS, following the likes of Marcus Tracy and Charlie Davies.

This kind of news continues to anger MLS fans who want to see this kind of young talent in the league. No doubt in my mind Henderson would have been a great fit in the league. His international experience with New Zealand doubled with his play at Dartmouth made him a real winner. I saw a couple Dartmouth games this season and Henderson is the real deal too.

I don’t know if it was a money thing or just a personal thing but the league has to find a way to get these kind of players, even if it means they only get them for a couple years before they transfer away to one of these European leagues. As Jason Davis at Match Fit USA pointed out earlier this morning, the leagues in Sweden and Norway are logical moves for these guys who want to go to the big leagues in Germany, France and England. The bigger clubs are more likely to find players in leagues closer to them and against teams they may see in the Europa and Champions League.

Hopefully Henderson will be one of the few if not just the only one going to Europe out of what could be a very strong draft class this year. But just as always we’ll see since there are plenty of good young players that could come out of college and get a job overseas in one of these leagues right now.