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Trio of A-10 Standouts Taken in MLS SuperDraft

Release: 01/17/2013
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Jan. 17, 2013

VCU'S Johnson Selected 13th Overall by Houston in 2013 MLS SuperDraft | INTERVIEW |  HIGHLIGHTS 
VCU junior forward Jason Johnson has made a name for himself at each stop of his soccer career.  He'll have an opportunity to continue that trend at the highest level next season as Johnson was selected with the 13th overall pick by Houston in Thursday's MLS SuperDraft.

Johnson is the first VCU player to hear his name called on draft day since Dominic Oduro was chosen by FC Dallas in the second round in 2006.

Johnson's final season with the Rams was arguably his best as he was named Atlantic 10 Conference Offensive Player of the Year.  In 2012 alone, he doubled his point total from his freshman and sophomore seasons combined (32), including a team-best 13 goals (highest regular season total in the A-10) to go along with six assists.

A breakout junior campaign allowed Johnson to ink a Generation adidas contract in December, which declared his intention to enter the draft. Players earning this status are typically among the top selections and are guaranteed multi-year contracts that also include grants to continue their college education.

Johnson is the first player in VCU history to earn a Generation adidas contract.  He's the first player to do so during Head Coach Dave Giffard's three-year tenure with the Rams, but the 12th player overall since 2006 that Giffard has coached.

During his three-year VCU career, the Happy News, Jamaica native saw action in 67 matches, registering 27 goals and 10 assists.  He finished his career with 64 points.

Not only were his individual numbers impressive, but Johnson also helped lead the Rams to 12 victories in 2012, the most since 2007, and finished the season ranked No. 25 in the country. The Rams qualified for the NCAA Tournament and were a national seed for the first time since 2004.

Prior to his collegiate career, Johnson made a name for himself on the Jamaican Men's Senior National Team, making his debut on Feb. 10, 2010.  He was also a member of the Jamaica's Under-23 Olympic Qualifying squad.

Smith Selected By New England Revolution With The 21st Overall Pick | VIDEO
Charlotte, N.C. -
Charlotte 49ers midfielder Donnie Smith was just selected as the 21st overall pick (second pick of the second round) by the New England Revolution in today's Major League Soccer's SuperDraft.

"Watching my name called was a surreal out-of-body experience," Smith said. "This is something that I have dreamed about my entire life. Playing at Charlotte really prepared me for this opportunity to play at the next level."

Smith, who earned All-Atlantic 10 honors three times in his career, was named Atlantic 10 Midfielder of the Year this past season. He earned first-team All-Atlantic 10 honors in 2012 and 2010. He was a second-team All-Atlantic 10 selection in 2011. Smith scored four goals and recorded four assists this past season. Smith scored game-winning goals against South Carolina, Richmond and Saint Louis.

"This is an incredible achievement by Donnie," Charlotte coach Kevin Langan said. "It is a just reward for a stellar career at Charlotte. Donnie is an incredibly humble player who embraced the Charlotte culture. He was an impactful player for us. This past season, as a senior, he really stepped up and realized his full potential. We are very proud of Donnie. I am excited to watch his career progress."

Spencer Selected By New England Revolution in MLS SuperDraft | INTERVIEW | HIGHLIGHTS
Xavier men's soccer forward Luke Spencer was selected by the New England Revolution with the 23rd pick in the Second Round of 2013 Major League Soccer SuperDraft held Thursday in Indianapolis.

Spencer, a Cincinnati native who was not highly recruited out of Winton Woods High School, is the first Xavier soccer player to be taken in the draft.

Spencer had a career-year for the Musketeers who reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament and lost to eventual national champion Indiana. The Cincinnati native scored 14 goals to lead the Atlantic 10 and had eight assists. He finished his career with 29 goals and 21 assists with both totals ranking in the top five of Xavier's annals.

He was named to the Atlantic 10 First Team and NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic First Team this year. In addition Spencer also led the league in points per game and total points and was ranked in the top 25 nationally in those categories.

The 6-2 forward was the lone striker during the final three years of his career for the Musketeers that won two Atlantic 10 Championships and appeared in three-straight NCAA Tournaments.

Spencer's performance at the adidas MLS Player Combine contributed to his selection by the Revolution. In his first game Spencer created a goal on a deep turnover.

This year Spencer was named the Men's College Player of the Week and earned nods on two other national teams of the week.

The forward will report to New England for the beginning of training camp on Sunday. He will play and practice with the team and will compete for a spot on the regular season roster. The Revolution begins their regular season on March 9 against the Chicago Fire. New England faces the Columbus Crew in Columbus on July 20.



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