Three Pac-12 Men’s Soccer student-athletes selected in MLS SuperDraft
PHILADELPHIA, PA - Three Pac-12 men’s soccer players were selected in the first two rounds of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft on Friday. Two defensive specialists were selected in the first round, STANFORD’s Tomas Hilliard-Arce and WASHINGTON’s Justin Fiddes, while Cardinal midfielder Drew Skundrich was chosen in the second round.
Hilliard-Arce, a defender from Matthews, N.C., ended his career at Stanford in historic fashion, assisting the Cardinal to a third-consecutive NCAA title in the 2017 season, tying Virginia’s NCAA record for consecutive titles (1991-94). The center back was the second overall pick in the first round and heads to Los Angeles to join the LA Galaxy. Hilliard-Arce did not see a season without leading the Conference, having four-straight Pac-12 titles in the span of his career. He also took home Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2016 and 2017.
Fiddes, a defender from San Diego. Calif., was the 17th pick in the first round to the Vancouver Whitecaps. In his four years, Fiddes and the Huskies made three NCAA tournament appearances, had three third-place finishes and one second-place finish in the Conference. In 2017, he was one of two Huskies to start all 20 matches of the season.
Skundrich, a midfielder from Lancaster, Pa., joins his teammate at the LA Galaxy as the 40th pick in the second round. The All-Pac-12 first team selection and two-time Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention selection was sixth in the Pac-12 in shots with 42 and tied for seventh in points with 15 in his senior season.
Rounds three and four of the MLS SuperDraft will be conducted via conference call on Sunday, January 21.