Stanford(m) forward Foster Langsdorf became the second three-time national champion to sign a Homegrown deal with a Major League Soccer franchise.
Langsdorf inked a contract with hometown team Portland Timbers, the club announced on Friday. The reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year
“We are delighted to announce Foster as our second Homegrown Player signing from our academy system,” Gavin Wilkinson, general manager and president of soccer for the Timbers, said in a press release. “Since joining our academy in 2012, Foster’s commitment and approach to the game have enabled him to excel, and coming off a very successful college career he deserves this opportunity to take the next step in his development with the Portland Timbers.”
In 2017, Langsdorf played in 23 matches, leading Stanford in goals scored (14), while ranking tied for second in assists (6) and being named a 2017 MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist. In the 2017 NCAA College Cup men’s soccer semifinal at Talen Energy Stadium on Dec. 8, Langsdorf registered the game-winning goal to propel his side to the NCAA final in a 2-0 win over the Akron Zips. Two days later, Stanford defeated Indiana University in the College Cup Final with Langsdorf being named to the College Cup All-Tournament Team.
Individually, Langsdorf finished his collegiate career as the Pac-12 career leader in points (86) and goals (37), while twice garnering Pac-12 Player of the Year honors (2016, 2017) and All-Pac 12 First-Team honors (2016, 2017). Langsdorf’s 37 career goals were the most by a Stanford player in 34 years, which ranks sixth all-time in school history. Since Langsdorf’s freshman season, Stanford established itself as the country’s winningest program, sporting an overall record of 65-10-13 (.812).
“I’m really looking forward to [joining the team] and I honestly can’t believe that this is an opportunity I’m being presented with,” Langsdorf told timbersfc.com.
The forward is one of handful of Stanford seniors poised to turn pro. Tomas Hilliard-Arce was the second overall pick in last week's draft, going to the LA Galaxy. Midfielder Drew Skundrich was a second round pick with the Galaxy, while Corey Baird signed with Real Salt Lake and goalkeeper Nico Corti joined Rio Grande Valley FC.