Maher leaving IU soccer for MLS

After two stellar years at Indiana, center back Jack Maher is headed to the pros.

The IU men’s soccer team announced on Monday that Maher has signed a Generation Adidas deal with Major League Soccer, foregoing his final two seasons of collegiate eligibility.

This marks the third straight season the Hoosiers have had a player go the Generation Adidas route, a deal that gives them a guaranteed contract with incentives to finish their academic obligations.

Two years ago, Mason Toye went No. 7 overall to Minnesota United FC, and last year Griffin Dorsey went No. 6 overall to Toronto FC.

Maher recently participated in the MLS College Showcase, which took place on the same weekend as the College Cup and replaced the MLS Combine as an opportunity for upperclassmen and underclassmen to put their skills on display.

“I want to first thank the coaches for allowing me to come to the best college soccer program in the country,” Maher said in a statement. “Without their belief in me, none of this would be possible. Second, I want to thank the whole Yeagley family for taking me in as their own. Third, I want to thank the IU athletic department for providing me with the best resources and facilities in the country. Fourth, I want to thank my incredible teammates for always pushing me to be better and creating memories that will last a lifetime. Lastly, to the fans, especially the Hoosier Army, for creating the best soccer environment in the nation. IU will always hold a special place in my heart, and I am just glad I was able to be part of it all.”

Maher, who had three goals and four assists in 2019, was named a United Soccer Coaches second team All-American this season, capping off a sophomore campaign in which he was also named All-North Region, first team All-Big Ten, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and Most Outstanding Defensive Player of the Big Ten Tournament.

Indiana won both the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles in each of Maher’s two seasons in Bloomington.

Maher’s decision means he will miss out on the opportunity to play along side his younger brother, Joey, who is committed to IU and will be a freshman next fall, but the opportunity to become the 49th Hoosier selected since the inaugural MLS Draft 1996 was too good to pass up.

One comment

  1. And the beat goes on! Reload Coach Yeagley! Let’s see IU in the College Cup next year! Good luck Jack you can live your dream as a Pro!

Comments are closed.