Former NCAA standout Billy Schuler signs with MLS after two years in Sweden

UNC striker Billy Schuler

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Billy Schuler, the former University of North Carolina star, is returning home.

After two years at Swedish side Hammarby, Schuler has signed with Major League Soccer, according to the league, and will be the subject of a lottery on Tuesday, Jan. 13.

No word yet on which MLS clubs have elected to participate in the lottery. 

Schuler, 23, was potentially the No. 1 overall pick at the 2012 MLS SuperDraft after scoring 16 goals in his junior year, helping lead the Tar Heels to the 2011 NCAA Championship. But rather than sign a Generation adidas contract, he was recruited by Gregg Berhalter, a former UNC player and at that time the newly hired manager at Hammarby.

In Sweden, Schuler injuries limited him and he struggled to find his scoring touch, notching two goals in 26 appearances over two seasons. He also spent time on loan with Nacka FF, Hammarby's developmental team.

When Berhalter was sacked in July 2013 -- several months before he was hired as the head coach of the Columbus Crew -- Schuler's time at Hammarby appeared set to end as well.