Five C-USA Players Selected in MLS Drafts
Jan. 22, 2013
IRVING, Texas - Five Conference USA men's soccer players were selected during the MLS SuperDraft and MLS Supplemental Draft. UCF's Deshorn Brown was the sixth overall selection in the MLS SuperDraft by the Colorado Rapids, while Kentucky's Cameron Wilder, SMU's T.J. Nelson, Marshall's Daniel Withrow and UAB's Reed Matte were selected during the MLS Supplemental Draft. C-USA players have been selected in every MLS draft since the league began its draft in 1996.
Brown spent the 2012 campaign at UCF and the junior developed into one of the premier strikers in the nation as he recorded 13 goals and three assists for 29 points. A native of Jamaica, he ranked fifth in the country in points per game at 1.18 and sixth in goals per game (0.81). Brown registered 60 shots, with 28 coming on goal, and was named to the NSCAA All-South Region First Team as well as the All-Conference USA First Team. Brown signed an MLS Generation adidas contract.
Wilder was selected in the third round of the Supplemental draft by FC Dallas and is the third Kentucky player to be picked in the MLS Draft (Jason Griffiths, Andy Gruenebaum). He helped lead the Wildcats to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2003, with UK securing a hosting bid after setting new program records for wins and games played against top-25 foes. Wilder completed his collegiate career with All-Conference USA honors, starting 21 games and totaling one goal on 14 shots in 1806 minutes. Wilder got his first career goal during the C-USA tournament semifinals matchup with No. 25 SMU in Hoover, Ala. In his career, Wilder played in 70 games with 49 starts, totaling 3,998 minutes with a goal and three assists. He fired 42 shots - 13 coming on target - in his career, including a season-best 15 as a sophomore.
Nelson, a midfielder, also was selected by FC Dallas with the team's selection in the fourth round of the Supplemental Draft. He was tabbed second-team All-Midwest Region by the NSCAA and was named to the All-Conference USA second team. He was part of the Mustang defense that led the league in goals allowed (6), goals-against average (0.75 per game), saves made (47, including three team saves) and shutouts (4). A two-time team captain, Nelson was selected to the Conference USA, Hurricane Classic and SMU Classic All-Tournament teams in 2012. Nelson appeared in 71 games for the Mustangs during his career, recording two goals and assisting on five others.
Withrow was selected in the second round of the Supplemental Draft by the Columbus Crew. He becomes the third Marshall player to be drafted (Jeremy Ashe, Byron Carmichael). A three-time first-team All-Conference USA selection, the senior from Rochester Hills, Mich., started all 17 games in goal for the Thundering Herd (11-5-1) this season, recording 77 saves and setting Marshall single-season (9.5) and career (21.5) shutout records. He earned NCAA All-Midwest Region honors after being named the program's first Co-Conference USA Player of the Year.
Matte was selected in the first round of the Supplemental Draft by the Columbus Crew. He was one of the driving forces of the Blazers' back line, and also scored two goals in his senior campaign. The Birmingham, Ala., native played in all 20 matches in 2012, and also racked up three assists for a total of seven points. Individually, Matte earned NSCAA All-Midwest third-team recognition, and was selected to the All-C-USA Second Team and the C-USA All-Academic Team.
All-time C-USA MLS SuperDraft Selections (MLS College Draft from 1996-99):
Overall selection (round) Player, School, Pos., Team
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