Three Selected In 2012 MLS SuperDraft
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Highlighted by UCLA midfielder and 2011 Pac-12 Player of the Year Kelyn Rowe, who was selected with the No. 3 overall pick by the New England Revolution, three Pac-12 men's soccer players were chosen in the 2012 Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft on Thursday. Rowe and teammate Chandler Hoffman were selected in the first round while WASHINGTON's Jacob Hustedt was picked up in the second round.
Since the Pac-12 began sponsoring men's soccer in 2000, the Conference has seen 84 players drafted in the MLS SuperDraft, including four No. 1 picks.
A member of the U.S. Under-23 Men's National Team, Rowe is currently in training camp as the Americans prepare for the 2012 CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament in March. He led the Conference with 10 assists his sophomore season, which also tied for eighth nationally. Named to the Soccer America All-America second team, Rowe finished the season with six goals and 22 points.
Hoffman, a forward, joined Rowe in the first round when the Philadelphia Union drafted him at No. 13. A MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist and third-team NSCAA All-American, Hoffman finished his junior year tied for fourth nationally in goals (18) and points (42). His 42 points were the most in a single season in Pac-12 history.
Both Rowe and Hoffman are members of the 2012 Generaton adidas class. In addition to training and playing with one of the MLS' 19 professional clubs, Generation adidas players receive educational grants to further their college education. Generation adidas players do not count against an MLS team's salary budget.
Washington's Hustedt was the sixth pick of the second round (25th overall) by the San Jose Earthquakes. An All-Pac-12 first team selection, the midfielder tallied six goals and five assists for 17 points.
The 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft will take place Tuesday, January 17.