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Maryland’s Mullins and Tshuma, Notre Dame’s Van de Casteele go in first round
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Six ACC men’s soccer players were taken in Major League Soccer’s SuperDraft in Philadelphia, Pa., on Thursday afternoon.
Two-time MAC Hermann Trophy recipient Patrick Mullins of Maryland was the highest ACC player selected, going with the 11th overall pick to the New England Revolution. Fellow Terrapin Schillo Tshuma, a sophomore midfielder, went 17th to the Portland Timbers, while Notre Dame senior defender Grant Van de Casteele was the last pick in the first round at No. 19 by the Colorado Rapids.
With those three selections, the ACC has produced at least two first round picks every year in the 19 years of the MLS draft, and has had at least three in each of the past six seasons.
Clemson senior midfielder Thomas McNamara was taken with the first pick of the second round by Chivas USA. The New York Red Bulls drafted Wake Forest senior defender Chris Duvall two picks later with the 22nd selection, and fellow Demon Deacon Jared Watts, a senior midfielder, went 33rd to the Colorado Rapids.
In addition to the six players drafted on Thursday, four more from the ACC signed as MLS Homegrown Players this offseason. That list includes Notre Dame senior forward Harrison Shipp (Chicago Fire), Virginia freshman midfielder Jordan Allen (Real Salt Lake), Wake Forest junior forward Sean Okoli (Seattle Sounders FC) and sophomore defender Jalen Robinson (D.C. United).
The 3rd & 4th rounds of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft, presented by adidas, will take place on Tuesday, January 21.