Owens, Folk Selected In MLS Supplemental Draft
Jan. 24, 2008
Owens, who was chosen as the 10th pick in the first round, was a four-time All-Pac-10 honoree, earning first-team acclaim as a freshman, second-team as a sophomore and junior and honorable mention in his senior season. Owens was a Soccer America Freshman All-American in 2003 and played in 75 career games with 67 starts. He was a starter on three Pac-10 Championship squads. A former U.S. Youth National Team standout, Owens was team captain for the U.S. Under-17 National Team at the 2003 World Youth Championships and has 36 career caps with the U-17s and U-20s.
Folk, who was selected as the fourth pick in the third round, was a three-year starter and 2007 team co-captain. He played in 72 career games with 64 starts and played in every minute of every game in his junior and senior years. Folk earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors as a senior and was a nominee for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. He was also a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection. Another long-time U.S. Youth National Team member, Folk recently served as team captain for the U.S. at the 2007 Pan American Games and has amassed 13 career caps with the U-18s and U-17s. In 2005, he started in two games and helped the U-18s capture the Milk Cup title.
Last week, three Bruins were selected in the MLS SuperDraft - No. 1 overall pick Chance Myers, No. 3 overall pick Tony Beltran and third-round selection Mike Zaher. UCLA has produced more MLS players than any other university. In 2007, a league-high 18 former Bruins were on opening day rosters, and a total of 46 players have been on MLS teams since the league's inception in 1996.
In other UCLA soccer news, Myers will join three other former Bruins in the Under-23 team's final training camp before CONCACAF Olympic qualifying. Myers, Chad Barrett, Kamani Hill, Patrick Ianni and Marvell Wynne will participate in the Jan. 26-Feb. 2 training camp at the IMG Academies in Bradenton, FL. Olympic qualifying begins on Mar. 11.