, a 2005 second-team Soccer America
All-Freshman pick, signed a multi-year contract with Dutch
Eredivisie club Heerenveen and will not return to defending national champion Maryland.
"This was a once in a lifetime opportunity that came suddenly," Rogers continued. "The past seven
days have been the toughest of my life in terms of making an educated decision about my future. However, I feel that I am ready to make soccer my career and this was an opportunity I could not pass
Rogers had tried out with Heerenveen over the summer before joinng the U.S. U-20 national team at the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland.
"This is a substantial contract with a
club in the top league in Holland," said Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski
. "Although losing Robbie at this point in time is significant for us because of his
special qualities as a player and as a person, I am extremely happy to see him fulfill his boyhood dream. I am still extremely confident with the quality and character of our 2006 team, and am
looking forward to another successful season.
Rogers, who totaled 19 points (7 goals, 5 assists) for Maryland, is the third collegiate underclassmen to sign with a Dutch pro club in the
offseason. Freshman of the Year Lee Nguyen
left Indiana for Dutch champion PSV. (Nguyen played for PSV in its 3-1 loss to Ajax for the Johan Cruyff Trophy on
Sunday.) Canadian keeper Josh Wagenaar
left after his junior season to sign with ADO.
Besides Nguyen and Rogers, one other member of the Soccer America
All-Freshman teams signed with a foreign club in the offseason. Campbell's Sonny Guadarrama
Santos of the Mexican First Division.