Five Bruins Selected In 2010 MLS SuperDraft
Jan. 14, 2010
A school record-tying five UCLA players were selected in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft today, including three in the first round. The three first-round selections also tie a school record set in 2000.
Selected in the first round were freshman midfielder Amobi Okugo by the Philadelphia Union with the sixth pick, senior forward David Estrada by the Seattle Sounders FC with the 11th pick, and senior midfielder Michael Stephens by the Los Angeles Galaxy with the 16th pick. Also drafted today by the Philadelphia Union were senior midfielder Kyle Nakazawa (first pick in the third round, No. 33 overall) and senior goalkeeper Brian Perk (first pick in the fourth round, No. 49 overall).
The first-year expansion team Philadelphia Union used half of their draft picks today on UCLA players - Okugo, Nakazawa and Perk. They will join Bruin alum Jordan Harvey on the team. Estrada joins former Bruins Patrick Ianni and Pete Vagenas in Seattle, which is coached by former UCLA head coach Sigi Schmid. Stephens will join Bruin alumni Leonard Griffin and Eddie Lewis on the Galaxy.
UCLA led all schools this year with five draft picks. The Bruins have totaled 43 draft picks in the SuperDraft's 15-year history. Fifty Bruins have played in MLS in the league's 14 years of existence, more than any other school in the nation by far.