MLS clubs sign two more Homegrown players via Wake Forest pipeline

After 2016 Hermann Trophy winner Ian Harkes, who signed with D.C. United, Wake Forest continues to be a source for MLS Homegrown talent as senior All-American Kevin Politz signed with the New York Red Bulls and freshman Brandon Servania joined FC Dallas.                                                
Politz was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in leading the Demon Deacons to the NCAA Division I quarterfinals, where they lost to champion Stanford. He played on Red Bulls teams that won the Development Academy's U-16 national championship in 2012 and U-18 title in 2013.

"We are pleased to add Kevin to our club after a successful college career," said  "Kevin has earned this opportunity with his play at Wake Forest and with our Under-23 team the last two summers," said Red Bulls sporting director Denis Hamlett. "He has qualities that we like and look for in center backs, and we look forward to his continued development in our environment."

Servania, who hails from Alabama, was named to the 2017 ACC All-freshman team with three goals and 11 assists. He joined the FC Dallas academy in 2015 and was a member of the U-16 team won the 2016 Development Academy national championship and the U-18 team that captured the club’s first Gordon Jago Dallas Cup Super Group title in 2017.

"He's growing quickly," FC Dallas technical director Fernando Clavijo told "His freshman year has been unbelievable. [Brandon is] an incredible talent and he's coming along well. We could not pass on [the opportunity to sign] him. He's a player that we need to have in our team."

Servania joins fellow HG players Kellyn Acosta, Paxton Pomykal and Victor Ulloa and former Wake player Jacori Hayes, a 2017 SuperDraft pick, in the FC Dallas midfield.

In addition to Politz and Servania, two other Wake Forest players could move to MLS next season. Jon Bakero, the nation's leading scorer in 2017 with 16 goals and 14 assists, is expected to go in the first round of the SuperDraft, while Ghanaian sophomore Ema Twumasi will go high in the draft if he signs a Generation adidas contract.

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