Three Men's Soccer Players Taken in MLS SuperDraft

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Three Big Ten men's soccer players were selected in the 2013 Major League Soccer SuperDraft held in Indianapolis, Ind., today. Indiana's  Eriq Zavaleta was picked 10th overall by the Seattle Sounders, while teammate Luis Soffner was chosen by the New England Revolution with the 36th pick. Michigan's Kofi Opare was taken 24th overall by the L.A. Galaxy. 

Zavaleta and Soffner become the 40th and 41st Hoosier players selected in an MLS Draft since the league's inception in 1996. Zavaleta, a unanimous selection for 2012 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, entered the draft after his sophomore campaign in which he led the Hoosiers to their record eighth national title. He led the conference in nearly every offensive category and was tied for third in the NCAA with 18 goals scored. Soffner finishes his career with the Hoosiers as a four-year starter, owning a 47-26-11 record with 32 shutouts and a 0.93 goals-against average. He ended his senior season with three-straight clean sheets against North Carolina, Creighton and Georgetown en route to the College Cup title.

Opare becomes the Wolverines's seventh MLS SuperDraftee, and the first since Justin Meram went No. 15 overall in 2011. Opare was a four-year starter for Michigan on the back line and is fifth all-time in minutes played (6,411). This past season the tri-captain led the Wolverines to the Big Ten Tournament title game.

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