Former Centennial star will try to land with MLS team as a free agent.
The final day of the Major League Soccer draft came and went Tuesday without Jacob Bushue’s name being called.
That hasn’t lessened the resolve of the former Centennial standout to play professional soccer.
With the help of his agent, the Indiana University graduate will attempt to land an invitation to an MLS preseason camp as a free agent.
“If not, I’ll just have to look for different avenues that will allow me to play,” Bushue said. “Going overseas could be an option — Sweden or somewhere along those lines.
“We’ll just have to see because I still definitely want to play for a few more years at least, so I have to find a spot.”
Of course, the 2009 News-Gazette All-Area Player of the Year still hopes that spot will be in the MLS.
Bushue was invited to and participated in the league’s combine Jan. 9-14 in Florida. And the two-time All-Big Ten second-teamer was projected in one of the mock drafts that preceded the four-round lottery as the final pick in the second round.
Instead, he was bypassed by the league’s 19 teams.
Bushue monitored Tuesday’s selections online and noted that several draftees were from non-Division I programs.
“I was a little confused,” the former Hoosiers defender/midfielder said. “Some of the players I never even heard of. ... There were a lot of players that were selected that weren’t in the combine. There were a lot of names that came from Division II and III and NAIA. It was interesting.”
Two of Bushue’s former Indiana teammates were drafted Tuesday.
Midfielder AJ Corrado was taken with the ninth pick of the third round (47th overall) by the San Jose Earthquakes. Midfielder Nikita Kotlov was chosen by the Portland Timbers with the 16th pick of the fourth round (73rd overall).
“I’m happy for Nikita and AJ,” Bushue said. “They’re good friends of mine. It’s always good to see your friends make the next step.”
Now, an undrafted Bushue will see where his next step leads.
“I guess things happen for a reason,” the 2013 All-Great Lakes Region third-teamer said. “We’ll have to weigh our different options to figure out where to go from here.”