Former Wake Forest standout and 2008 Hermann Trophy winner Marcus Tracy signed with MLS on Tuesday and was allocated to the San Jose Earthquakes following a weighted lottery today.
The athletic, 6′ 1″ striker began his pro career in Denmark (where he was a teammate of Chicago’s Chris Rolfe), but a series of knee injuries hampered his progress. Now 25, he returns to the league he spurned upon leaving Wake Forest in 2009.
The Quakes had only a 4.6% chance of landing Tracy, the second-longest odds of all the teams participating in the lottery, but as with much this season, things broke their way. Some observers have wondered if they’ll trade the player, or add him to an already full stable of strikers that includes Chris Wondolowski, Steven Lenhart, and Alan Gordon.
Another question concerns Tracy’s health and abilities following the litany of injuries he’s battled. A big part of his game has been his explosive athleticism and leaping ability on set pieces. It remains to be seen whether those qualities will be intact as he joins San Jose, where he should be comfortable: Current Quakes Sam Cronin and Ike Opara won an NCAA championship with Tracy at Wake Forest in 2007.
Here’s a clip from Tracy’s brief spell at Danish side Aalborg. He’s No. 19, and nine seconds in, takes a pass from Rolfe, cuts back and shoots on goal. He later scores on a leaping header:
Tracy, who grew up in Chestnut Hill, PA, had been training with the Philadelphia Union in recent weeks.