Eleven ACC Student-Athletes Tabbed in MLS SuperDraft 2010

Jan. 15, 2010


GREENSBORO, N.C. - Six ACC student-athletes were selected in the first round of the 2010 Major League Soccer SuperDraft on Thursday, January 14. The Pennsylvania Convention Center in Pittsburgh, which served as host for this year's MLS SuperDraft, saw 11 ACC standouts drafted, including three among the first five picks.

The overall 64 draft selections represented 41 different schools, including five ACC institutions.

Tony Tchani, a midfielder for Virginia's 2009 NCAA Champion men's soccer team, was selected second overall by the New York Red Bulls. Tchani wrapped up his Cavalier career with 17 goals, seven assists and 41 points. He was a first team All-America selection by both the National Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) and College Soccer News. In 2009, Tchani scored eight goals, including two game-winners, and tallied four assists for the NCAA Champion Cavaliers. Additionally, Ross LaBauex was selected seventh in the second round (23rd overall) by the Colorado Rapids.

The San Jose Earthquakes selected Wake Forest defender and the 2008 and 2009 ACC Defensive Player of the Year Ike Opara with the third overall pick. Opara marked the first of a MLS-record four first-round draft picks out of the same school. Demon Deacons teammates Zack Schilawski (ninth overall to New England Revolution), Corben Bone (13th overall to Chicago Fire) and Austin Da Luz (14th overall to New York) rounded out the complement. The previous record of student-athletes drafted by one school in the first round of the MLS Draft was held by UCLA (2000) and Maryland (2009).

FC Dallas grabbed versatile North Carolina midfielder Zach Loyd with the fifth overall selection. Loyd, a native of Verdigris, Okla., will begin his professional soccer career in the closest MLS market to his hometown, while another Tar Heel senior defender, Jordan Graye, was taken by DC United in the fourth round as the 55th pick overall. Graye will also be playing professionally close to home as he is a Washington native and DeMatha Catholic graduate.

Maryland had a second-round and third-round selection as Drew Yates and Kevin Tangney became the latest in a long line of Terrapins to be drafted in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft Thursday. Yates was selected with the 29th pick by the Chicago Fire. The Severna Park, Md., product played in all 92 matches during his four-year college career, finishing with 14 goals. Tangney, who was drafted 35th by Chivas USA, takes his game to professional ranks after an inspirational career at Maryland. The Newtown, Pa., native spent five years in College Park after suffering two major knee injuries. He led the Terrapin defense to nine shutouts as a senior in 2009.

NC State defender Korede Aiyegbusi was drafted by the Kansas City Wizards in the second round (20th overall). Aiyegbusi, originally from London, England, spent the past two seasons at NC State after transferring from Essex Community College. Aiyegbusi finished the 2009 season with one goal and three assists, and helped the Pack advance to the ACC Championship game and the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

ACC Selections in the MLS SuperDraft 2010
Round 1
Pick Team Player Affiliation Position
2 New York Red Bulls Tony Tchani University of Virginia M
3 San Jose EarthQuakes Ike Opara Wake Forest University D
5 FC Dallas Zach Loyd University of North Carolina M
9 New England Revolution Zack Schilawski Wake Forest University F
13 Chicago Fire Corben Bone Wake Forest University M
14 New York Red Bull Austin daLuz Wake Forest University M
Round 2
Pick Team Player Affiliation Position
20 Kansas City Wizards Olukorede Aiyegbusi North Carolina State University D
23 Colorado Rapids Ross LaBauex University of Virginia M
29 Chicago Fire Drew Yates University of Maryland M
Round 3
Pick Team Player Affiliation Position
35 Chivas USA Kevin Tangney University of Maryland D
Round 4
Pick Team Player Affiliation Position
55 D.C. United Jordan Graye University of North Carolina D