IU soccer says hello, goodbye

The Indiana soccer team said hello to one new player Tuesday, then said goodbye to a departing senior.

Andy Adlard, who was first team All-Big Ten in 2010 after earning second-team honors in 2008 and 2009, was drafted by the Columbus Crew in the third round of the MLS Supplemental Draft Tuesday afternoon.

Adlard finished his four-year IU career with 19 goals and 17 assists. He will join Hoosier teammate Rich Balchan, taken in the first round of last week’s MLS SuperDraft, in Columbus.

“I am thankful and thrilled that, thanks to the Columbus Crew, I get a chance to achieve a dream I have had since I was a little kid,” Adlard said in an IU release. “I couldn’t be happier.”

Meanwhile, IU also sent out a press release announcing that A.J. Corrado has transferred from Southern Methodist University to become a member of the soccer team. Corrado, a Zionsville native and former high school teammate of the Hoosiers’ Harrison Petts, enrolled in school this semester and will be eligible to play immediately. He has three seasons of eligibility left after recording one goal and one assist while appearing in 18 games as a member of the Mustangs.

“We are very excited to have A.J. join us at IU,” Indiana coach Todd Yeagley said in the release. “A.J. is very talented with the ball at his feet and will certainly give our attack a boost as we prepare for next fall. His ability to unbalance defenders off the dribble along with his precise distribution will help us become a more creative and explosive attacking unit. He is a team player who excels on the field and in the classroom.”

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