John, Cox Selected in Major League Soccer SuperDraft

Jan. 15, 2009

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Washington midfielders George John and Raphael Cox were both selected in the 2009 Major League Soccer SuperDraft, Thursday, with John taken in the first round as the 14th overall pick by FC Dallas and Cox taken in the fourth round by Real Salt Lake.

As the 14th overall selection, John (Shoreline, Wash.) became Washington's third-highest all-time MLS draft pick and the third Husky to ever be taken in the opening round. Only Wes Hart in 2000 (first round, seventh overall/Colorado) and Billy Sleeth in 2002 (first round, 10th overall/Chicago) were selected higher. Cox (Tacoma, Wash.) was taken in the fourth round by Salt Lake and was the 54th overall pick in the draft.

Washington continued its great tradition of sending players on to the MLS ranks, with 2009 marking the fifth-straight year a Husky has been selected in the SuperDraft and the fourth time that two Huskies were selected in the same year.

John and Cox will join four other former Huskies on current MLS rosters including Ely Allen (L.A. Galaxy), Mike Chabala (Houston Dynamo), Brandon Prideaux (Chicago Fire) and Craig Waibel (Houston Dynamo).

John was a three-time NSCAA/adidas All-Far West Region selection and a three-time All-Pac-10 honoree including back-to-back first-team nods in 2008 and 2007. He was tabbed to the 2008 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List and was a preseason candidate for the 2008 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Also a two-time first-team NSCAA Scholar All-American and the 2008 Pac-10 Men's Soccer Scholar Athlete of the Year, John tallied nine goals and eight assists playing as a central midfielder for the Huskies.

Cox was a two-time All-Pac-10 honoree, earning a nod to the first-team in 2008 after second-team honors in 2007. He racked up 14 goals and 17 assists in his career, including a career-high seven goals as a senior. He finished his final campaign second in the Pac-10 in points per game (1.8) and tied for fourth in total points (20). His nine assists in 2006 are tied for fifth on UW's all-time single-season list.

Both John and Cox helped the Huskies to back-to-back trips to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2006 and 2007.

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