The U.S. Soccer Development Academy was well represented during Tuesday’s Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft as 15 alumni were chosen in the three-round selection process by MLS’s 19 teams.
Six alumni were selected in the first round alone, with the highest pick being former Crew Soccer Academy midfielder Michael Green out of New Mexico. Green went to Toronto FC as the fourth overall pick. He also has ties to the U.S. U-18 and U-20 sides.
Also among the first-round picks was former Richmond Strikers forward Brian Ownby, who was drafted by the Houston Dynamo with the seventh pick. The Virginia product is the only Academy alum in the supplemental draft that has ties to three U.S. programs – U-17, U-18 and U-20.
With the eighth selection, the Portland Timbers chose University of Portland midfielder Ryan Kawulok, who played for Academy club Colorado Rapids. Other first-rounders included Kirk Urso (No. 9, Columbus Crew; University of North Carolina; Sockers FC), Karo Okiomah (No. 10, Houston Dynamo; High Point University; Lonestar SC Academy) and Tom Brandt (No. 11, Philadelphia Union; Penn; Baltimore Bays Chelsea).
Additional U.S. Soccer Development Academy alumni selected in the draft included the following: Cesar Piaz Pizarro (second round, No. 23 overall, San Jose Earthquakes; UC Riverside; Arsenal FC), Pablo Punyed (second round, No. 35, Sporting Kansas City; St. John’s; Kendall SC, U.S. U-20s), Oliver Kupe (second round, No. 36, Real Salt Lake; Northwestern; Vardar SC Freiburg), Kevin Garcia (third round, No. 41, New England Revolution; Villanova; NY Cosmos Academy, U.S. U-18s), Walter Hines (third round, No. 49, FC Dallas; St. John’s; New York Red Bulls), Christian Barreiro (third round, No. 50, New York Red Bulls; Penn; Baltimore Bays Chelsea), Mark Fetrow (fourth round, No. 59, Vancouver Whitecaps; Penn State; FC DELCO), Andrew Bulls (fourth round, No. 67, Columbus Crew; UMBC; Baltimore Bays Chelsea) and Brandon Zimmerman (fourth round, No. 70, Philadelphia Union; Santa Clara; Crossfire Premier, U.S. U-17, U-18).
Other players with U.S. Soccer ties included Eder Arreola (first round, No. 18, Los Angeles Galaxy; U-17 and U-18), Mykel Bates (second round, No. 23, Toronto FC; U-17, U-18) and Ian Kalis (fourth round, No. 68, New York Red Bulls; U-18, U-20).