adidas original shorts Cavaliers taken in Major League Soccer draft
Virginia goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell and Virginia Tech goalkeeper Ben Lundgaard were chosen in the first round of the Major League Soccer amateur draft Friday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
UVa forward Edward Opoku was picked in the second round.
Caldwell had 50 saves and six shutouts as a senior last season, making the All ACC second team for the second time. Caldwell, who started for three NCAA tournament teams, ranks third in UVa history with 23 career shutouts.
Lundgaard, who helped the Hokies make the NCAA tournament the past two seasons, was selected by Columbus with the 21st overall pick. There were 23 picks in the first round. Lundgaard became the first Hokie drafted in the first round since Patrick Nyarko in 2008.
Lundgaard recorded 23 shutouts in his Tech career, including six as a senior last fall. He had 108 saves last season, earning All ACC first team honors.
Columbus took Opoku with the 32nd overall pick. Opoku had eight goals and four assists as a junior last fall, earning All ACC second team honors for the second time. He was a second team All American as a sophomore. He opted to bypass his senior season and turn pro, signing an MLS Generation Adidas contract earlier this month. The contract made him eligible for the draft as an underclassman.
The upcoming season could be the last in Columbus for the Crew. The team will move to Austin, Texas, following the 2018 season unless a privately financed stadium is built in downtown Columbus.
Caldwell, Lundgaard and Opoku showcased their wares at the recent MLS combine in Orlando, Florida.
This is the first time in eight years that UVa has had multiple players taken in the MLS draft.
The third and fourth rounds of the draft will be held Sunday on a conference call.
Akron’s Joao Moutinho was selected by Los Angeles FC with the No. 1 overall pick. LAFC is new to the league this season.
Wake Forest’s Jon Bakero, who won the Hermann Trophy as the college player of the year, was selected fifth overall by the Chicago Fire.
The day also featured a major trade. The Philadelphia Union acquired winger David Accam from Chicago for $1.2 million in allocation money.
Atlanta United also announced the much anticipated arrival of attacking midfielder Ezequiel Barco.
The third round pick had eight goals and four assists as a senior last fall, helping UVa reach the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament. Latsko, who had five game winning goals, made the All ACC first team. She had 26 goals in her UVa career.
The Washington Spirit selected midfielder Andi Sullivan out of Stanford with the first pick.
Sky Blue acquired two time FIFA World Player of the Year Carli Lloyd from Houston in a draft day trade that also sent Christen Press to the Dash and Sam Kerr to the Chicago Red Stars. Sky Blue plays its home games at Rutgers, where Lloyd played in college.