Jan. 18, 2007
Moraga, CA- Saint Mary's former soccer standout Desmond Brooks was selected second overall in the Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft by Chivas USA. Brooks becomes the first men's soccer player at SMC to be drafted by the MLS.
"I always dreamed of playing professionally when my collegiate career was over but nothing is ever guaranteed," Brooks said. "I knew if I worked hard good things were going to happen. I am relieved that all the hard work paid off and I'm extremely grateful to all my coaches."
Brooks was invited to a combine at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles that featured nearly 50 players. Brooks caught the attention of newly appointed Chivas USA coach Preki and in turn was drafted and will head to training camp.
"Desmond has worked incredibly hard over the course of his four years here at Saint Mary's and has improved each year," head coach Adam Cooper said. "We are all really proud of the work he has done and are extremely excited about his future in the MLS."
Brooks played in 71 career games, including all 20 his senior year. The 6-0 defender caught the eyes of the scouts with his speed and strength that shut down opposing attackers. In 2004, Brooks was instrumental in aiding the SMC defense to a school record 1.17 goals against average.
"Desmond has continually grown as a person and soccer player and is the type of player any coach would want on their team," Cooper added.
The 2007 season will begin in April. Chivas USA has yet to announce its schedule for the upcoming season. In 2006, Chivas USA fell in the semifinals to the eventual champions Houston Dynamo and finished third in the Western Conference.