Five ACC Players Selected in the First Round of the MLS SuperDraft
Thursday January 17, 2013
Jan. 17, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Five ACC men's soccer players were taken in the first round of Thursday's Major League Soccer SuperDraft in Indianapolis, Ind.
Boston College midfielder Kyle Bekker was the highest ACC selection as he was picked third overall by Toronto FC. Maryland midfielder John Stertzer went 12th to Real Salt Lake, while North Carolina midfielder Mikey Lopez inked a Generation adidas contract and was selected 14th by Sporting Kansas City. Maryland defender Taylor Kemp was selected by DC United with the 17th pick, and Boston College forward Charlie Rugg was the last pick in the first round at No. 19 by the LA Galaxy.
Bekker was a two-time All-ACC First Team selection following the 2011 and 2012 seasons, and was a 2012 NSCAA All-South Atlantic Team honoree. He is the highest Eagle to be drafted since the MLS SuperDraft originated in 2000.
Stertzer, a two-time NSCAA All-America Third Team and All-ACC First Team selection in 2011 and 2012, anchored the Terps midfield and capped his career with 59 points on 23 goals and 13 assists. He finished his senior season ranked seventh on league's points list with 21 on seven goals and seven assists in 2012.
Lopez, a 2012 First Team All-ACC selection and NSCAA Third Team All-American, appeared in 46 matches for his career and helped the Tar Heels to their second NCAA College Cup title in 2011. The Mission, Texas, native was also lauded as the ACC's Freshman of the Year in 2011.
A Generation adidas signing does not count against the MLS senior roster and the signee is guaranteed a scholarship to finish their college education.
An All-ACC Second Team honoree in 2011 and 2012, Kemp was efficient helping the Terps' attack as he ranked sixth in the ACC with six assists while playing in just 13 games in 2012.
Rugg, a three-time All-ACC First Team selection in 2010, 2011 and 2012, finished his career at Boston College ranked fifth all-time in goals (28), and points (74). He is the only Eagle to earn First Team All-ACC honors three straight seasons.
Maryland defender London Woodberry signed a Homegrown contract with FC Dallas. Woodberry earned NSCAA Third All-America honors following the 2012 season.