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Longmire, Reveno Selected in 2022 MLS SuperDraft

Jan 11, 2022
Ahmed Longmire (L) and Ben Reveno (R) both had their names called on Tuesday in the 2022 MLS SuperDraft

UCLA senior center back Ahmed Longmire was selected No. 10 overall by Nashville SC while senior defender Ben Reveno went in the second round to the New England Revolution in Tuesday's 2022 MLS SuperDraft. For the second consecutive year, the draft was conducted virtually.

The pair becomes UCLA's 81st and 82nd MLS draft picks all-time. The Bruins have now had three draft picks under third-year head coach Ryan Jorden.

Longmire is the 21st Bruin ever to be selected in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft, which was implemented starting in 2000. UCLA's most-recent first rounder was midfielder Frankie Amaya, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2019 draft. That year also represents the last time the Bruins had multiple players selected in a single SuperDraft.

A trio of Bruins from the 2021 squad are now poised to turn pro following Tuesday's draft results, as senior goalkeeper Justin Garces inked a Homegrown Player deal with Atlanta United FC on Monday.

A transfer from Utah Valley, Longmire immediately became a mainstay on the UCLA back line upon his arrival to campus before the 2020-21 season. He started every game and played a team-high 1,121 minutes during his debut season in Westwood, then made a further eight appearances as a senior this fall before missing time due to injury. Longmire was an All-Pac-12 Second Team choice in 2020-21, and picked up an honorable mention in fall 2021. The Las Vegas native ultimately played in 59 games overall during his collegiate career, earning all-conference honors in each of his final three seasons.

Nashville SC traded up for the chance to draft Longmire, swapping picks with Colorado to move into the No. 10 slot.

Much like Longmire, Reveno became a trusted option in the back for Coach Jorden after transferring from UC Irvine prior to the 2019 season. Seeing time at both center back and full back, he appeared in 49 games over three seasons with the Bruins and ranked top-five on the team in minutes played in each of those campaigns. He chipped in three assists in both the 2019 and 2021 seasons, and potted the game-winning goal in UCLA's season-opening win over San Francisco on Feb. 8, 2021. With injuries piling up among the team's defensive corps, Reveno played the full 90 in 15 consecutive games to close out the fall 2021 season – the lone Bruin to accomplish that feat. He appeared in 59 games during his collegiate career, recording 8 points (1-6-8).

Reveno was the No. 52 overall selection in the draft, and 24th of the second round.

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