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Three other players will join Freddy Adu into the MLS this year all will leave school to apply there trade in the MLS:

Cochrane, Dempsey and Marshall go Project-40
(Jan. 7, 2004) -- Under-20 National Team members Ryan Cochrane, Clint Dempsey and Chad Marshall will all leave college to play in Major League Soccer next season.
According to documents obtained by Soccer America, Cochrane, Dempsey and Marshall are listed as having signed professional contracts with the League. Those three join Under-20 teammate and expected first overall pick Freddy Adu as the four players who have signed with the League so far although more underclassmen are expected to opt into the draft.

All three will be available to be taken in the MLS Superdraft on Friday, January 16 in Charlotte, N.C.

Cochrane, a junior, played 19 games for Santa Clara before joining up with the Under-20 National Team and was a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy. The Oregon native was a second team All-American this season.

Marshall will leave Stanford after just two seasons, but the 6'2" defender is one of the top young American prospects. He was named to the All Pac-10 and All Far West teams after Stanford completed a three win season. The 2002 Soccer America Freshman of the Year followed up his standout first season with another stellar campaign in 2003, starting in 19 games for the Cardinal this past season.

Dempsey, a junior at Furman, scored seven goals and five assists in 17 games for the Paladins. The Texas native was named to the NSCAA All-South team.

Created in 1997, Nike Project-40 is a joint venture between MLS and U.S. Soccer aimed at providing America's top young soccer players with the opportunity to play and train in a professional environment on a daily basis. Players signed to Nike Project-40 contracts receive an educational stipend in addition to their salary and a developmental spot on the roster of their MLS club.
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