Owens, Folk Selected In MLS Supplemental Draft

Jan. 24, 2008

Senior defenders Brandon Owens (Murrieta, CA) and Greg Folk (Woodland Hills, CA) were selected by DC United and the Los Angeles Galaxy, respectively, in the 2008 MLS Supplemental Draft.

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.

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