Jan. 19, 2007
Saint Mary's Desmond Brooks, San Francisco's Kevin Long, and Santa Clara's Erik Ustruck were each selected in the MLS Supplemental Draft on Thursday afternoon. The trio joins the five former WCC standouts that were picked in the MLS SuperDraft last week.
Brooks became the first Gael to be drafted by the MLS after being selected by Chivas USA with the second overall pick in the first round of the Supplemental Draft. Brooks played in 71 career games at Saint Mary's, including all 20 in his senior year. The 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.
Long was drafted by the Los Angeles Galaxy with the 18th overall pick in the second round of Thursday's draft. Long anchored the USF backline for four seasons, leading the Dons to three NCAA Tournament appearances and a pair of WCC regular season titles. The defender scored six goals during his career on the Hilltop, including a career-high four scoring strikes during the 2004 season. Long, who earned All-WCC second team honors in 2006, played in 78 games with 75 starts during his four years at USF.
Ustruck was selected 39th overall in the third round by the defending MLS Cup Champion Houston Dynamo. Ustruck joins former Santa Clara soccer star Ryan Cochrane on the Dynamo after an outstanding four-year career, helping lead SCU to four NCAA Tournament appearances including a College Cup berth in 2003. In his career on the Mission Campus, the two-time All-WCC honoree scored eight goals and dished out six assists, while playing in 82 matches as a Bronco.
Including the five WCC standouts selected in last week's MLS SuperDraft, eight former WCC players were drafted by MLS clubs, marking the highest total in a single year since the inaugural MLS draft in 1996, when 15 former WCC players were selected.