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U-17 star Gil signs with MLS
by Ridge Mahoney, February 19th, 2010 7:37PM

TAGS:  mls, u-17 world cup


[MLS] U.S. U-17 midfielder Luis Gil has signed an MLS contract and will be allotted to a team in a weighted lottery Monday, a league official has confirmed.

In the weighted lottery, teams are awarded percentages in reverse order of their 2009 finish; thus with the worst record last year, New York has the best chance to earn Gil's rights.

Supporters’ Shield winner Columbus is ranked 15th of the 16 teams; as this year’s expansion team, Philadelphia, is at the bottom.

Because Gil did not sign with MLS prior to the 2010 SuperDraft, his rights are awarded through the weighted lottery. He is not subject to the league’s discovery or allocation procedures.

Gil (5-foot-8, 155 pounds) turned 16 last November at the U-17 World Cup, during which he played all four games for the Americans, and had been in contact with several foreign clubs, including Arsenal.

The native of Garden Grove, Calif., played his club ball for Pateadores and was a member of the U.S. U-20 team that traveled to Mexico last month to compete in the Copa Chivas.

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