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University of Virginia winger Brian “Cobi” Span is off to Sweden
   December 20, 2011 (10:35 PM) by Howie Michaels     Email This Post Email This Post
 

After reportedly not receiving a Generation Adidas offer from MLS, Brian “Cobi” Span, generally considered a top ten prospect for next month’s MLS SuperDraft, has instead decided to sign with Djurgården in Sweden. Span had trained with Örebro (then the club of Alejandro Bedoya) over the summer. Djurgården, who finished 11th in the Allsvenskan, was the club for a few months for U-23 defender Gale Agbossoumonde.

The 6-3 Span was named Second Team All-ACC this year after scoring seven goals and assisting on five more. He was on the All-Freshman team last year after scoring five and assisting on three. The Cavaliers made the NCAA Tournament this year, but they were upset 1-0 by the Fighting Blue Hens of Delaware in the first round.

Here is a video of Span’s goals this season.

Span will join Samuel Petrone of  Mjällby AIF in Sweden’s top league.

Notably, Span becomes the first college underclassman I can think of in recent years to jump to a professional league like Sweden’s. Other players— Kamani Hill, Steve Cherundolo, Sal Zizzo, Benny Feilhaber, among others– have left college early for Europe, but they have usually wound up playing as squad players at larger clubs (in the cases that came to mind, all in Germany). Span will take a route more in line with that of Josh Gatt or Sean Cunningham.

Also, in case you were wondering, Span’s nickname does come from that Cobi.

 
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2 Responses to “University of Virginia winger Brian “Cobi” Span is off to Sweden”

  1. Award says:

    Well, he looks to be a gamer heres to hoping that he continues to develop. Maybe a dark horse for the Olympics if he starts to light up the swedish league. Hopefully, a couple of these strikers will actually turn into a prolific goal scorer for their respective clubs i.e. Span, Wooten, Boyd, Bijev, Agudelo, Bunbury, Bruin, Wood, George, Ruelas, Salgado, Keisewetter. The USMNT can’t wait forever for Altidore to start putting the goals away. He has 5 goals in the eredivisie 5. The eredivisie is not what you would call a defensive minded league. Wooten and Boyd are the closest with Agudelo and Bunbury a little behind. Right now I think it’s time to put both Dempsey and Donovan more as strikers with Altidore and Herc Gomez as subs.

  2. Steve Trittschuh says:

    I don’t see him starting right away at Djurgarden. He’s going to have to earn his spot coming off the bench.

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