Boys Soccer – Holmdel’s Dan Metzger Drafted By D.C. United
D.C. United of Major League Soccer selected University of Maryland senior and former Holmdel star Dan Metzger with the 42nd overall pick of the MLS SuperDraft on Thursday in Philadelphia.
The Black and Red had the final pick of the day and chose Metzger with a pick acquired in a trade with the champion L.A. Galaxy.
Metzger started in each of the last three years and led the Terrapins to a College Cup championship appearance in 2013. As a senior at Holmdel in 2010, Metzger led the Hornets to a 22-1 record and scored two goals in the NJSIAA Group III final to deliver Holmdel its first and only state championship. That season, he also led the Shore Conference in scoring and was named both the Shore Sports Network and Asbury Park Press Player of the Year.
As an amateur player, Metzger played for the New York Red Bulls Developmental Academy and had the option to sign as a Homegrown talent with the club, meaning the Red Bulls could add him to the roster at some point in the future should a roster spot open and Metzger fill a need. Metzger, however, removed his Homegrown tag by declaring for the SuperDraft and attending the Draft Combine in December.
Metzger entered the draft combine as a potential first-round pick, but suffered an injury at the combine. At Maryland, Metzger played a defensive center midfield position, while BlackandRedUnited.com seeing him as a more offensive player within D.C. United’s scheme.