Jalen Robinson Signs With D.C. United
Jan. 6, 2014
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMSoccer)
WASHINGTON - Wake Forest sophomore defender Jalen Robinson started the next phase of his soccer career Monday, signing a professional contract with D.C. United of Major League Soccer.
Robinson, who played in D.C.'s youth academy before coming to Wake Forest, signed as a Homegrown player, meaning that he can join D.C. United directly without going through the MLS SuperDraft.
"It's been a pleasure to work with Jalen over the past two years. We are sad to see him go, but we're excited to see what he does at the next level," said head coach Jay Vidovich. "Jalen is an All-ACC performer, and his athleticism and technique should help make the transition to MLS a little easier for him."
Robinson played in 37 games in his two seasons at Wake Forest and scored three goals from his position on the back line. He earned second team All-ACC honors this season after anchoring the Demon Deacon defense from his center back position, playing every minute in all but one game that he appeared in.
Robinson was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team in 2012 and earned Freshman All-America honors from Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News.
At D.C. United, Robinson will join his former Wake Forest teammate Collin Martin who signed with the club as a Homegrown player last summer.