Jan. 17, 2012
NEW YORK - Four Conference USA players have been selected during the 2012 Major League Soccer Supplemental draft conducted Tuesday in New York. Goalkeeper Carl Woszczynski of UAB, SMU teammates Arthur Ivo and Ian Kallis and Tulsa's Justin Chavez were taken in the four-round draft. The quartet joins MLS SuperDraft choices Diogo de Almeida of SMU, Kevan George and Warren Creavalle of UCF and Babayele Sodade of UAB as MLS-drafted players from C-USA.
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Woszczynski collected four C-USA Defensive Player of the Week honors and led all league goalkeepers in shutouts (7) and saves (91). He also ranked second in the league in goals against average (0.86), save percentage (.812) and saves per game (4.33). The three-time all-conference and two-time all-region honoree finished his career in second in UAB history in goals against average (1.00) and shutouts (18), third in wins (35) and fourth in total saves (244).
Ivo played in 71 games for the Mustangs over his four-year career, notching 24 goals and assisting on 20 others. He tallied eight game-winning goals and converted all five penalty kicks he attempted. In 2011, Ivo was a first-team All-Midwest Region and a first-team All-Conference USA selection for the second consecutive season. He was tabbed the Offensive MVP of this year's C-USA Tournament. The midfielder appeared in 20 games for SMU, leading the team in goals (10), assists (10) and points (30). He also had a team-best four game-winning goals, including overtime game-clinchers at Duke and South Carolina.
Kalis appeared 53 games over three seasons for SMU after transferring from Duke. The defender scored one goal and added six assists over his career as a Mustang. In 2011, Kalis started 20 games, averaging 82.4 minutes per contest, tallying one goal and assisting on two others. He scored his first career goal against Oakland and assisted on the game-winning goal against Missouri State.
Chavez, a four-year letterwinner at Tulsa, started in 75 of 77 career games, and posted five goals and four assists for 14 points from his defender position. He was a two-time Hermann Trophy Watch List honoree, and was a two-time All-Conference USA first team selection and two-time NSCAA All-Region team member. Chavez was also tabbed as the 2009 C-USA Defensive Player of the Year.
Pick (round) - Player, Pos., Team
- 15 (1) - Carl Woszczynski, UAB, GK, Chicago Fire
- 42 (3) - Arthur Ivo, SMU, M, Toronto FC
- 66 (4) - Justin Chavez, Tulsa, D, Chicago Fire
- 68 (4) - Ian Kallis, SMU, D, FC Dallas