Jan. 12, 2007
Indianapolis, IN - Five WCC men's soccer standouts were selected in the 2007 Major League Soccer SuperDraft, conducted in Indianapolis on Friday. Santa Clara's Amaechi Igwe was the top draft pick from the conference, as the freshman was selected 12th overall in the first round by the New England Revolution.
Igwe will join MLS runner-up Revolution, becoming the fourth Santa Clara player to be drafted in the first round in the past four drafts. Igwe had a strong freshman campaign for the Broncos, starting 20 of 23 games and helping the team reach the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament. The Belmont, Calif. native scored five goals and notched three assists for 13 points to place second on the team in goals and points. He scored the game-winning goal against San Francisco on Oct. 20 helping the Broncos build a big lead in the West Coast Conference en route to their second conference championship in four years.
San Diego's Ryan Guy was the next WCC standout to be selected, picked 22nd overall by FC Dallas in the second round of the SuperDraft. Guy, a forward under head coach Seamus McFadden during his career at USD, finished the 2006 season having started in all 19 matches, tallying eight goals and six assists for 22 points. He had 24 shots on goal and one game-winning goal against Long Island University.
San Francisco forward Aaron Chandler, the 2004 West Coast Conference Player of the Year, was drafted by the Columbus Crew in the fourth round of Friday's draft. Chandler helped lead USF to three straight NCAA appearances and two WCC Championships during his career. Last season, he scored six goals (including three game-winners) and added 4 assists. On his career he scored 17 goals in league play, a conference record. Overall, he scored 28 goals and added 16 assists.
LMU standout Bobby Burling was drafted by the Los Angeles Galaxy in the fourth round of the draft, and is now the second Lion to be drafted by the Galaxy following former LMU forward Arturo Torres. The Monument, Colo. native led the Lions to two NCAA Tournament appearances in 2003 and 2004. Burling finished his four years in second place on the career assists list with 18. He led the Lions in scoring in 2006 despite playing defense for most of the season, finishing the season with four goals and five assists, with two goals and four assists coming in WCC games.
Portland goalkeeper Luis Robles rounded out the selections from the WCC, as the senior was taken in the fourth round with the 50th overall pick by D.C. United. Robles, a four-year starter on The Bluff, concluded his collegiate career last fall as the all-time saves leader at UP with 346 stops. Robles, a 22-year-old native of Sierra Vista, Ariz., was a three-time First Team All-West Coast Conference selection after earning honorable mention all-conference as a freshman. He was named the 2006 WCC Defensive Player of the Year after making 93 saves.
WCC In The 2007 MLS SuperDraft
Amaechi Igwe, Santa Clara - New England Revolution (1st Round, #12 overall)
Ryan Guy, San Diego - FC Dallas (2nd Round, #22 overall)
Aaron Chandler, San Francisco - Columbus Crew (4th Round, #41 overall)
Bobby Burling, LMU - Los Angeles Galaxy (4th Round, #45 overall)
Luis Robles, Portland - D.C. United (4th Round, #50 overall)