Terrapin Defender Nick Downing Taken 21st In MLS Superdraft
Feb. 5, 2001
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland defender Nick Downing (Redmond, Wash.) was selected 21st overall Monday in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft. Downing was picked by the New England Revolution, and joins former Maryland stars Danny Califf (1998-99), Leo Cullen (1995-97), and five other Terrapins in the MLS ranks.
Downing anchored a defense this past fall that held eight opponents scoreless and gave up only 1.28 gpg.
A first-team NSCAA All-South Atlantic Region selection, he was a Hermann Trophy candidate for the past two years, and was consistently among the top defenders in the country. A 2000 honorable mention All-American by College Soccer Online, Downing finishes his career with 13 assists, including seven in his junior year with Maryland.
Maryland finished the 2000 season at 10-9, narrowly missing an NCAA
berth despite numerous setbacks from injury. In a year with seven
season-ending injuries to major impact players, the Terps still managed
a winning campaign and return 15 players for the 2001 season.