New York Red Bulls forward Corey Hertzog has been an absolute star since joining USL PRO side Wilmington Hammerheads on loan back at the end of May. That league acknowledged Hertzog for his play on Tuesday.
USL PRO released the First and Second 2012 All-League Teams on Tuesday. Hertzog was not surprisingly chosen for the All-League First Team. He finished third in league scoring this season, burying nine goals in 17 appearances. Dennis Chin of Orlando City finished will 11 goals, while Nicholas Patterson of Charleston Battery had 10 goals during the 2012 campaign. Both of those players made 24 league appearances during the season.
Midfielder Bryce Taylor, Hertzog's Wilmington teammate, was chosen for the All-League Second Team.
Hertzog has not been able to crack into New York's first-team lineup since being selected by the Major League Soccer side on 2011 MLS SuperDraft day. He has appeared in just five MLS contests in the past two seasons, as New York head coach Hans Backe has routinely favored the likes of Thierry Henry, Luke Rodgers, Kenny Cooper, Jhonny Arteaga and even Joel Lindpere up top over the former Penn State star. Hertzog did not play once for RBNY this past spring before being loaned to Wilmington.
Hertzog immediately made an impact upon joining the USL PRO club, scoring two goals and also notching an assist in his home debut. His stellar play continued throughout summer and into the league playoffs. Hertzog was a key man in Wilmington's surprise 4-3 victory over Orlando City in the USL PRO Playoffs Semifinal on September 2, drawing a penalty and then sending home the subsequent PK in the first half of play, and then completing a double during the final 45 minutes of the match. Hertzog's totals are now 11 goals in 19 appearances heading into Wilmington's showdown with Charleston in the 2012 USL PRO Championship Game this coming Saturday.
Multiple "in the know" individuals have, since the first part of the 2011 campaign, told me that several MLS clubs are high on Hertzog. It would seem, after his successful loan spell at Wilmington, that the Red Bulls will have to make a decision regarding the future of the 22-year old forward sooner rather than later. Nobody can say for sure that the Red Bulls have a future MLS All-Star in Hertzog, or even that the forward could eventually take the spot of a Sebastien Le Toux in the team's squad next year. Hertzog proved this summer that he doesn't belong on the bench, but he may have to make an exit from the Red Bulls or even MLS to locate the playing time he has probably deserved since two Januarys ago.
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