Men's Soccer

Three Irish Players Selected In Major League Soccer SuperDraft

Jan. 14, 2010

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Notre Dame's Bright Dike, Justin Morrow and Michael Thomas were selected in Thursday's Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft. Dike went to the Columbus Crew in the first round (12th overall selection), while the San Jose Earthquakes took both Thomas (19th overall selection) and Morrow (28th overall selection) in the second round.

Dike (Edmond, Okla.), a forward, was named the 2009 BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year. The fifth-year senior played in all 23 matches during the 2009 campaign and led the Fighting Irish with 11 goals and 26 points. Dike was a two-time all-BIG EAST first-team selection and a two-time All-Great Lakes Region honoree. For his career, he played in 86 matches and notched 66 points on 27 goals and 12 assists.

Michael Thomas

Thomas (Olathe, Kan.), a central midfielder, earned first-team all-BIG EAST accolades this season after being a second-team pick in 2008. He also is a two-time All-Great Lakes Region selection. Thomas started every game this past season and notched a team-high six assists along with scoring six goals. The two-time team captain started 81 of the 83 career matches in which he played with the Fighting Irish and tallied 51 points on 19 goals and 13 assists. Thomas was named a third-team Academic All-American in December.

Justin Morrow

Morrow (Cleveland, Ohio) made the switch from midfield to left back this season. He started every match in 2009 and tallied five points on two goals and one assist en route to copping a second-team all-BIG EAST citation. Morrow, a team captain during his senior season, earned a start in 64 of the 89 career games he played at Notre Dame and registered 21 points on seven goals and seven assists.

Oregon State forward Danny Mwanga was selected by the Philadelphia Union with the first overall selection in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. The draft consisted of four rounds and 64 total picks.

The three MLS SuperDraft picks ties for the most in Notre Dame history. The Irish also had three players picked during the 2005 draft (Jack Stewart, Kevin Goldthwaite, Chris Sawyer). Notre Dame has had 14 MLS SuperDraft picks during the nine-year tenure of head coach Bobby Clark.

Notre Dame MLS Draft Selections

1997 Supplemental Draft

Dan Stebbins Dallas - First Round - 4th overall selection

1999 Supplemental Draft

Ryan Turner Kansas City - Second Round - 14th overall selection

2004 SuperDraft

Kevin Richards Colorado Rapids - Fourth Round - 35th overall selection

Justin Detter Kansas City Wizards - Fifth Round - 47th overall selection

2005 SuperDraft

Jack Stewart Chicago Fire - First Round - 10th overall selection

Kevin Goldthwaite San Jose Earthquake - Second Round - 17th overall selection

Chris Sawyer Kansas City Wizards - Second Round - 24th overall selection

2007 SuperDraft

Greg Dalby Colorado Rapids - Second Round - 17th overall selection

Nate Norman Chicago Fire - Second Round - 21st overall selection

2008 SuperDraft

Ryan Miller Columbus Crew - Third Round - 31st overall selection

Joseph Lapira Toronto FC - Third Round - 35th overall selection

2009 SuperDraft

Matt Besler Kansas City Wizards - First Round - 8th overall selection

Jack Traynor New York Red Bulls - Second Round - 29th overall selection

2010 SuperDraft

Bright Dike Columbus Crew - First Round - 12th overall selection

Michael Thomas San Jose Earthquakes - Second Round - 19th overall selection

Justin Morrow San Jose Earthquakes - Second Round - 28th overall selection

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