Oregon State's Mwanga Selected No. 1 in 2010 MLS Superdraft
Jan. 15, 2010
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- OREGON STATE F Danny Mwanga became the fourth all-time Pac-10 player selected with the No. 1 overall pick by the expansion Philadelphia Union in the 2010 Major League Soccer (MLS) Superdraft on Thursday. Ten Pac-10 men's soccer players were chosen in this year's draft, including four players going in the first round. UCLA led all schools with five draft picks. SAN DIEGO STATE had three players chosen, while CALIFORNIA and Oregon State each had one player picked.
Since 2000, the first year the Conference began sponsoring men's soccer, the Pac-10 has had 75 players drafted in the MLS Superdraft. In the Pac-10's 11-year history, the 10 players chosen this year are the most all-time, one more than 2002 when nine league players were selected. Mwanga joins UCLA's Chance Myers (2008), Marvell Wynne (2006) and Steve Shak (2000) as the only players to be drafted with the top pick.
The 2008 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and 2009 Pac-10 Player of the Year, Mwanga became the highest draft pick in Oregon State men's soccer program history. He joined former Heisman Trophy winner Terry Baker as the only two Beavers to ever be selected No. 1 overall in a major sport draft. Mwanga led the Pac-10 in multiple offensive categories in 2009 including goals scored (14), points per game (1.67), goals per game (0.78) and game-winning goals (5). His marks in points per game and goals per game ranked 11th and third in the NCAA, respectively. He also finished the year second in the Conference in points (30). Mwanga becomes the fifth men's soccer player to join the MLS ranks.
The Bruins led all schools and also tied a school record with five players drafted. Three players were selected in the first round also tying a school record. The first-round draft picks for UCLA were 2009 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Amobi Okugo by the Philadelphia Union with the sixth pick, F David Estrada by Seattle Sounders FC with the 11th pick and MF Michael Stephens by the Los Angeles Galaxy with the 16th pick. Also drafted by the Philadelphia Union were MF Kyle Nakazawa with the 33rd pick in the third round and GK Brain Perk with the 49th pick in the fourth round. The Bruins have totaled 43 draft picks in the Superdraft's 15-year history.
Three Aztecs were drafted on Thursday, tying NCAA runner-up Akron and Notre Dame for the third-most in the country, trailing only UCLA (5) and Wake Forest (4). D Steve Beitashour was picked 30th in the second round by the San Jose Earthquakes, D Nick Cardenas was selected six spots later at No. 36 (third round) by the Kansas City Wizards and MF Jamel Wallace was selected with the 59th pick (fourth round) by the Seattle Sounders FC. Beitashour's No. 30 selection is the highest draft pick in program history. The Aztecs have had five players selected in the Superdraft all-time.
A 2009 first team All-Pac-10 selection and former California standout, F Andrew Wiedeman was selected by FC Dallas with the No. 21 overall pick in the second round. It marked the sixth-consecutive year in which MLS teams drafted California players, a span that encompasses head coach Kevin Grimes' first six recruiting classes and 13 former Golden Bears. Wiedeman paced the Bears in points (26), goals (11) and game-winning goals (5), a mark that tied for the Conference lead. He ended the 2009 season regular season tied for second in goals and third in points in the Pac-10.
The 2009 and back-to-back Pac-10 Champion Bruins were one of two Pac-10 teams (STANFORD) that advanced to this year's NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal were knocked out of the tournament in the third round by eventual NCAA runner-up Akron losing, 2-0. The Bruins were eliminated in the quarterfinals losing to Wake Forest, 2-0.