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Talent Train from Georgia: Offseason Transfers

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Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome back to the Talent Train from Georgia. In this edition we will be breaking down all the offseason moves of Georgia's very best soccer players. In addition, we decided to make the Talent Train a monthly post instead of a weekly post so we don't bore you with minor statistics. Let's get started.


Joe Bendik: In December, our neighbors to the south, Orlando Cityacquired Bendik from Toronto FC in exchange for a conditional fourth-round draft pick. With the departure of Tally Hall, this should be a good move for Bendik as he was struggling to stay locked in as starting goalkeeper with competition from Chris Konopka. Bendik, just 26 years old, will be the veteran goalkeeper in Orlando. 24-year-old, Earl Edwards Jr. and 18-year-old, Mason Stajduuhar, are Orlando's only other goalkeeping options, neither of whom have made an MLS appearance so far. It is safe to say, Bendik, who has 78 appearances in MLS, will likely be the starter for the time being.

Alec Kann: Kann was picked up by Sporting Kansas City in the MLS Re-Entry Draft late last year. Chicago Fire initially held Kann's rights but was loaned out to USL side Saint Louis FC, making 19 appearances. The 25-year-old goalkeeper has made just one MLS appearance for the Fire and will have to compete with Jon Kempin and the regular, Tim Melia for a starting role at Sporting KC.

Chris Klute: Klute was traded from Columbus Crew to MLS Cup Winners, Portland Timbers, in exchange for allocation money after the conclusion of the 2015 season. The fullback made just 14 appearances for Columbus last season due to a knee injury. During the offseason, Klute had surgery to repair his meniscus and is finishing up his recovery. He might not be ready for the start of the 2016 MLS season but once fully recovered, he should become the new starting left back in the Timbers side.

Jack McInerney: Portland Timbers also acquired the former Columbus Crew striker for allocation money this offseason. McInerney, just 23 years old, is approaching his 150th appearance in MLS and has scored 38 goals. McInerney was brought in as a replacement for Maximiliano Urruti and could partner alongside internationals Fanendo Adi or Lucas Melano.

—Jordan McCrary: McCrary is one of the newest additions to the Georgia Talent Train. The University of North Carolina alum was selected 10th overall by New England Revolution in the 2016 MLS Draft. The fullback spent four years at UNC. McCrary will have competition at right back alongside Darrius Barnes and London Woodberry. None of those two have a lock on the starting position, however, don't be surprised if McCrary worked his way into the starting eleven.

—Mitchell Lurie: Lurie is our second new addition to the Georgia Talent Train. He was drafted 44th overall from Rutgers University by Philadelphia Union. Lurie however, wasn't signed by the Union and is free to go to another MLS team or any of the lower leagues. We'll keep an eye on Lurie to see where he ends up.


—Cody Mizell: After spending a year with the Silverbacks and the Tampa Bay Rowdies, Mizell tried his hand in Europe with the Icelandic side Fram where he made 20 appearances between the posts. Mizell has since returned to the States and has joined Charlotte Independence in the USL.

—Tyler Ruthven: Ruthven is on the move once again. This time from Arizona United SC to Jacksonville Armada FC in the NASL. The former Silverbacks defender made 46 appearances for Arizona United and scored one goal.