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Four A-10 Men's Soccer Players Selected in 2019 MLS SuperDraft

By Atlantic 10 Conference

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Chicago, Ill. – Four Atlantic 10 Men’s Soccer players were picked in the 2019 Major League Soccer Super Draft in Chicago this week. VCU Midfielder Siad Haji and Fordham Forward Janos Loebe were picked in the first round, while Saint Louis defender Lennart Hein was picked in the second round and Fordham goalkeeper Rashid Nuhu was picked in the third round.

Haji was selected by the San Jose Earthquakes as the No. 2 overall pick in the SuperDraft. Haji's selection marks the highest draft selection in VCU history across all major professional sports leagues.

Haji was one of seven players in the 2019 MLS Superdraft to sign a Generation Adidas contract prior to the draft and combine. Generation Adidas is a joint venture between MLS and Adidas and identifies a handful of the top collegiate underclassmen and youth national team players each year.

This past season, the Manchester, N.H. native was named a TopDrawerSoccer First Team All-American, as well as the United Soccer Coaches All-Southeast Region First Team. Haji was also named the Atlantic 10 Midfielder of the Year and earned A-10 First Team honors after scoring five goals and adding 10 assists. Haji has also appeared for the U.S. National Team at various youth levels, most recently being called up the U.S. U-20 team last summer.

In his two-year career in the Black & Gold, he scored seven goals and 18 assists, en route to 32 total points, while guiding the Rams to the Atlantic 10 Championship and an NCAA appearance as the No. 16 seed in 2017 and the A-10 Regular Season Title this past season.

Loebe, was selected with the 22nd selection of the first round of the SuperDraft by the New York Red Bulls. Loebe became the third Fordham player drafted by the Red Bulls franchise, joining Ryan Meara, who was a second-round selection in 2012, and John Wolyniec, who was a first-round selection (7th overall) by the then-NY/NJ MetroStars in 1999.

Loebe had a strong showing at the MLS Combine over the last two weeks, netting a goal in one of the combine scrimmages.

This season, he became just the third Atlantic 10 player to win the Offensive Player of the Year/Player of the Year Award twice and was only the second player to earn First Team All-Atlantic 10 honors all four years of his career.  He also earned First Team All-Region honors for the second straight season.
 
A two-time Offensive Player of the Week, Loebe led the Atlantic 10 with 11 assists during the regular season, while his 25 points tied for the league lead with George Washington's Oscar Haynes Brown and Saint Joseph's Leon Maric.  His seven goals tied for ninth in the league, with his three game-winning goals, tying for sixth.  Nationally, he ranked fourth in total assists as well as second in assists per game, while being 34th in total points and 23rd in points per game.
 
Loebe will go down as one of the top offensive players in program history, ranking second at Fordham in career assists (31), fourth in career points (83), tied for sixth in goals (26), fourth in games played (79) and third in games started (78).

Hein was drafted by the Portland Timbers in the second round and was the 47th overall pick. The selection comes on the heels of an impressive performance at last week's MLS combine.

In the tradition-rich history of Saint Louis men's soccer, Hein graduates as one of the Billikens' top defenders in school annals. A two-time first-team All-Conference and a second-team All-Region honoree in 2018, Hein played every game on the Billikens' back line as a senior and also contributed two assists. Earlier this year, the International Business major was selected as one of 30 candidates in NCAA soccer for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award, which goes to student-athletes who combine athletic and academic prowess.

Nuhu, was selected with the 22nd selection of the third round of the SuperDraft by the New York Red Bulls to join his teammate Loebe.

 In 2018, he started 16 games for Fordham, recording a  0.94 goals against average, a .781 save percentage, 57 saves, and six shutouts.  He earned Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Week honors once during the season and rated third in the Atlantic 10 in save percentage, fourth in goals-against average, tied for sixth in saves, and tied for fourth in shutouts. 
 
Nuhu finished his career as one of the program's best netminders, setting the career record for minutes played by a goalkeeper (6942) and tying the career appearances mark (74) while being second in shutouts (30) and goals against average (0.93).

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