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Jan. 24, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theAC.com) – Five Atlantic Coast Conference men’s soccer players were chosen in the Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft on Tuesday.
Three student-athletes were selected in the first round, led by Virginia senior forward Will Bates, who was selected fifth by the Seattle Sounders. Bates, a two-time All-ACC First Team selection, finished the season ranked second in the league in goals (12) and points (25).
North Carolina senior midfielder Cameron Brown was picked seventh overall by FC Dallas, and Wake Forest senior midfielder Anthony Arena went 18th to the Houston Dynamo.
Brown appeared in 21 matches for the Tar Heels in 2012 and registered nine points on three goals and three assists.
Arena was a mainstay in the Demon Deacon lineup, playing in 79 games and making 74 starts. He finished his career with 13 points on six goals and one assist.
The third round of the Supplemental Draft saw two ACC selections, with the Montreal Impact selecting Wake Forest senior midfielder Luciano Delbono with the 46th overall pick, and the Chicago Fire taking Duke goalkeeper James Belshaw at No. 49.
Delbono had a solid senior season starting in 18 of 19 contests as a defensive midfielder. He scored the lone goal of his career in a 4-1 win at Virginia on Oct. 12.
Belshaw, a 2012 NSCAA All-America Third Team selection and two-time All-ACC honoree, recorded eight shutouts and a 0.69 goals against average in 2012, which ranked third in the ACC.
The MLS Regular Season is set to start the beginning March, while preseason competition will start as early as the end of January.