Less than two weeks ago Frantzdy Pierrot of Melrose had his eyes on winning a spot with the Colorado Rapids after being one of the team’s two second-round draft picks.
But, now the hulking striker and Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year “has decided to pursue first-team soccer elsewhere,” according to the team.
A 6’4”, 205 pound native of Haiti, Pierrot could not be reached for comment.
When he was the fourth pick in the second round by the Rapids he sounded excited about going there.
“It is just an exciting time for me and my family and we were all together at home sharing in my dream together,” Pierrot said, according to the Coastal Carolina web site.
“Colorado is a team that really stood out for me because of the style they play. I am excited they were the team to draft me and to have that confidence in me.”
“I am ready now to work hard and help Colorado get to the playoffs. With them adding me to the roster I am extremely motivated right now. Colorado is an up-and-coming team and I am excited to be a part of that.”
Born in Haiti, Pierrot grew up in the Boston area, attended Melrose High School, and played for Seacoast United as a youngster.
He played at Northeastern University before transferring to Coastal Carolina, where he became an imposing figure on the pitch, scoring 10 goals last year.
Last summer he sharpened his game in the Premier Development League with Reading United.