Five WCC Student-Athletes Selected in MLS SuperDraft

Jan. 23, 2018

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. -- 
Five West Coast Conference student-athletes were selected in this weekend's Major League Soccer SuperDraft held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Headlining the draft class was Pacific defender and 2017 WCC Defensive Player of the Year Tristan Blackmon, who was taken third overall by MLS expansion franchise Los Angeles Football Club. Blackmon is the first MLS draft pick in Tigers men's soccer history. 

ROUND 1, PICK 3: TRISTAN BLACKMON, PACIFIC
STOCKTON, Calif. - Pacific men's soccer defender Tristan Blackmon was selected in the First Round of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft Friday morning. Blackmon will join Los Angeles FC after the new MLS franchise traded up for the number three overall pick to select the Tigers' All-American.

The Tigers' first-ever MLS draft pick, Blackmon was selected for his versatility and ability to contribute on offense from his right back role. Blackmon spent his first two years with the Tigers at forward, and is the program's all-time leading goal scorer an also leads in points. In his final two seasons at Pacific, he transitioned to the defensive line and earned West Coast Conference Defender of the Year honors.

ROUND 3, PICK 4: THOMAS OLSEN, SAN DIEGO
SAN DIEGO – San Diego goalkeeper Thomas Olsen will begin his professional soccer career with the Colorado Rapids after being selected in the third round of the Major League Soccer Super Draft on Sunday.


 

 

Olsen completed his Toreros career as one of the most accomplished goalkeepers in program history, ranking second in games played (71) and games started in goal (70), third in saves (203), fourth in wins (33), fifth in shutouts (18), and sixth in goals-against average (1.19).

ROUND 4, PICK 1: PAUL CHRISTENSEN, PORTLAND
PORTLAND, Ore. --- Portland Pilots senior Paul Christensen is heading to Major League Soccer after Atlanta United FC chose the goalkeeper with the first pick of the fourth round of the 2018 SuperDraft held on Sunday. Christensen concluded a stellar collegiate career for the Pilots this fall.

Christensen, who is the reigning two-time West Coast Conference Goalkeeper of the Year, ended his career at Portland No. 5 all-time in program history in both shutouts (20) and saves (283). A four-year starter, Christensen was named to the 2017 United Soccer Coaches All-Far West Region Team after leading the conference in shutouts for the second consecutive year, producing six clean sheets overall. His three shutouts against league opponents were also tops in the league, as was his 1.11 goals against average.

ROUND 4, PICK 20: MANNY PADILLA, SAN FRANCISCO
SAN FRANCISCO - University of San Francisco defender, Manny Padilla, was selected as the 20th pick in the fourth round of the MLS Super Draft this Sunday. 

Padilla, from Compton, Calif., was a defensive stalwart throughout his four years at USF, starting 66 of a possible 68 games. He was an integral part of the Dons' historic season, which saw them win the WCC Championship and advancing into the second round of the NCAA Tournament. He also contributed on the attacking side of the field, adding 14 assists during his career. 

ROUND 4, PICK 23: BEN WHITE, GONZAGA

PHILADELPHIA - Gonzaga senior defender Ben White was selected by Toronto FC in the fourth round of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft on Sunday from Philadelphia.

White, a four-time All-West Coast Conference selection, fueled the GU attack this year, as he scored or gave the assist on eight of GU’s 19 goals this season and started in all 17 matches. He had 11 points and was sixth in the WCC in assists with five, and 131st in the nation. He led the team in points and assists, and was second in goals with three. White also spearheaded a defense that allowed one goal or less on nine occasions.



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