COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland men’s soccer will be on full display Thursday as the 2014 Major League Soccer SuperDraft kicks off at the Philadelphia Convention Center beginning at noon on ESPNews and MLSSoccer.com.
Mullins will go down in history as one of the top players to ever wear a Maryland uniform after winning his second MAC Hermann Trophy last weekend. The New Orleans, native posted 19 goals and eight assists in 2013 while leading Maryland to its second consecutive College Cup. A two-time All-ACC First Team selection, he guided the Terps to second straight ACC regular season and tournament championships as a senior captain. He capped his illustrious career with a remarkable 47 goals and 119 points - both the second highest career tallies in Maryland men's soccer annals. He has already signed with the MLS.
Tshuma garnered a coveted Generation adidas contract. The forward tallied 16 goals and three assists in two seasons with the Terrapins. He was named to the All-ACC Freshman Team in 2012 and snagged second team All-ACC honors in 2013. He posted five game-winners during his time in College Park and teamed up with Mullins to form one of the most potent scoring threats in the nation.
Sunny Jane is another Maryland senior who could hear his name called during the four-round draft. Jane played in every match in back-to-back seasons during the 2012 and 2013 campaigns. He recorded eight goals and 19 assists in four seasons with the Terps. He was tabbed an All-ACC second team selection in 2011.
One of the most imposing forwards in the country, Jake Pace is another possibility to land an MLS contract. The senior captain scored a career-high six goals in 2013. He capped his four-year tenure at Maryland with 13 goals and five assists in 67 games played.
Helge Leikvang is currently in Norway, training with Stabaek of the Tippeligaen League. Former USMNT head coach Bob Bradley was recently named manager for the squad. Leikvang served a utility role for the Terps during his four seasons at Maryland. He tallied three goals and saw time in both the midfield and the backline while appearing in 61 career games.
Widner Saint Cyr – another tremendous role player for the Terps – is currently training with New York Red Bull. NYRB owns the rights to Saint Cyr, a player who notched one goal and three assists in 32 games played for the Terps. He played a career-high 20 games in 2011 before being hampered by injury.
Other news and notes from this year’s senior class include Jordan Cyrus, who inked a contract with the Vancouver Whitecaps immediately following the 2013 campaign. Cyrus exhausted his eligibility prior to the 2013 season but posted three goals and six assists in 48 games played for the Terrapins during his tenure.
The 2014 MLS SuperDraft will include four rounds and 72 overall selections. The first two rounds will take place in Philadelphia, with the final two rounds taking place on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 via a conference call.
The first nine selections are currently held by clubs that did not qualify for the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs, in reverse order of regular season finish. The remaining 10 positions currently belong to clubs that were eliminated in the same round of the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs, in reverse order of regular season finish.
Below is a breakdown of Terps and the MLS SuperDraft:
2013 - John Stertzer, first round (12th overall)
2013 - Taylor Kemp, first round (17th overall)
2012 - Casey Townsend, first round (fifth overall)
2011 - Zac MacMath, first round (fifth overall)
2011 - Billy Cortes, third round (38th overall)
2011 - Jason Herrick, third round (45th overall)
2010 - Drew Yates, second round (29th overall)
2010 - Kevin Tangney, third round (35th overall)
2009 - Omar Gonzalez, first round (third overall)
2009 - Rodney Wallace, first round (sixth overall)
2009 - Jeremy Hall, first round (11th overall)
2009 - A.J. Delagarza, second round (19th overall)
2009 - Graham Zusi, second round (23rd overall)
2008 - Stephen King, third round (40th overall)
2007 - Maurice Edu, first round (first overall)
2007 - Chris Seitz, first round (fourth overall)
2006 - Jason Garey, first round, (third overall)
2006 - Marc Burch, second round (24th overall)
2006 - Michael Dello-Russo, fourth round (42nd overall)
2006 - Kenney Bertz, fourth round (47th overall)
2005 - Domenic Mediate, second round (23rd overall)
2005 - Abe Thompson, supplemental draft second round (16th overall)
2005 - Noah Palmer, supplemental draft third round (25th overall)
2004 - Clarence Goodson, first round (seventh overall)
2004 - Scott Buete, first round (ninth overall)
2004 - Seth Stammler, second round (18th overall)
2004 - Sumed Ibrahim, second round (20th overall)
2002 - Taylor Twellman, first round (second overall)
2001 - Nick Downing, second round (21st overall)
2000 - Dan Califf, first round (sixth overall)
1999 - Keith Beach, second round (17th overall)
1999 - Randy Merkel, third round (33rd overall)
1998 - Leo Cullen, first round (first overall)
1998 - R.T. Moore, third round (34th overall)