UNC’s Martinez Signs GA Deal, Schuler To Sweden

UNC’s Martinez Signs GA Deal, Schuler To Sweden

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On January 4, 2012
  • 2012 MLS SuperDraft, Features

Enzo Martinez has signed with MLS. (Photo via UNC Athletics)

The Generation adidas class for 2012 is nearly complete. UNC midfielder Enzo Martinez has signed his GA deal with the league but his former Tar Heel teammate Billy Schuler declined his offer from the league to go to Europe.

Reports out of Sweden say that Hammarby IF (yes, Greg Berhalter’s new club) is close to signing the Tar Heel to a deal. Schuler joins Virginia’s Brian Span who  signed with another Swedish club, top-flight outfit Djurgardens.

Schuler had been projected to be one of the first few players picked in next week’s SuperDraft. He was included on the initial combine roster released by MLS and was offered a GA deal but turned that down to pursue European options instead.

Martinez signed has signed a GA contract, becoming the sixth member of the 2012 Generation adidas class. He joins a group of midfielders that will make this draft a very attacking-based. More than likely he will end up playing on the wings in the pro level rather than in the middle of the park. It all depends on where he lands though in the league.

With Schuler not signing with the league, MLS has turned it’s sights on Creighton fullback Tyler Polak, South Florida striker Dom Dwyer and UConn centerback Andrew Jean-Baptiste. All three have been offered a contract with the league but according to some reports, their offers are significantly less than the first few that have signed with the league.