Thursday was a momentous day for many college soccer standouts particularly in the surrounding D.C. area.
From UVa, to Georgetown, UMBC and James Madison, there were a few impressive standouts selected in the first and second rounds of the MLS Super Draft.
Here are some of the some players who were selected to new rosters:
Inter Miami CF selected Georgetown senior midfielder Dylan Nealis with the third overall pick. Nealis became the first senior in program history to pre-sign with the MLS after graduating from Georgetown in December.
Additionally, his teammate senior Achara was picked 25th overall by Toronto FC. Both seniors lead the Hoyas to their first ever NCAA Championship in a 3-3 double overtime win that resulted in the Hoyas dominating 7-6 in pentalty kicks.
The Virginia Men’s soccer team has three players selected into the first two rounds of the draft for the first time in program history. Sophomore forward Daryl Dike, who scored ten goals this season including three in the College Cup and had eight assists, was selected 5th overall by Orlando City.
His teammate, junior defenseman Henry Kessler was selected immediately after Dike at 6th overall by New England. Kessler had one goal this year.
Robin Afamefuna, UVa’s senior midfielder/defender was selected No.37 overall, in the second round by Colorado. This season Afamefuna has two goals and two assists.
UMBC's senior defender Jon Bell was chosen by the San Jose Earthquakes as the 38th overall pick and the 12th of the second round.
From JMU, senior midfielder Manuel Ferriol was selected 40th overall by FC Dallas. Ferriol finished his JMU career appearing in 64 games, with 32 goals, tied for eighth on the Dukes all-time list. Ferriol even set a new single-season program record of 16 goals, 6 assists and a single-season record of 38 points.
The third and fourth rounds will take place on January 13th.
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