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George Mason's Taylor Morgan

Four CAA Players Chosen In MLS Supplemental Draft

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 01/22/2013
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Four CAA men's soccer players were selected in the Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft on Tuesday. Picked in the draft were George Mason's Taylor Morgan and Old Dominion's Alex DeJohn, Jordan LeBlanc and Yannick Smith.

Last week, Northeastern's Don Anding was picked in the second round of the MLS SuperDraft by the Philadelphia Union.

Morgan became just the eighth Patriot to have the opportunity to extend his career in MLS as he was drafted by the Toronto FC.

Drafted in the fourth round of the MLS Supplemental Draft (58th pick), Morgan is the first Mason player drafted since 2009 when forward Kwame Adjeman-Pamboe was selected by the Colorado Rapids in the second round of the MLS SuperDraft.

"Taylor has worked incredibly hard for this moment, and put himself in a position to make it at the next level," said Mason Head Coach Greg Andrulis. "His athleticism,professionalism and character is something that is desirable as a professional athlete. He was one of the top forwards in college soccer last season, now he gets to compete for a spot at the highest level. The Mason soccer family is thrilled for Taylor and his family on a day when goals and dreams are realized."

An All-CAA First Team selection in 2012, Morgan started all 19 matches for the Patriots, finishing the season with a team and league-best 13 goals, a single-season personal best. He recorded three two-goal matches on the season, achieving the feat in wins over St. Francis (N.Y.), Towson and Delaware. Morgan was named the CAA Men's Soccer Player of the Week on October 29 after registering two goals in a 2-0 win at Delaware on October 24 before leading the team with five shots in a 0-0 double-overtime draw at Northeastern.

For his career the Southampton, England native appeared in 50 matches with 48 starts, racking up 53 points on 23 goals and seven assists over three seasons.

LeBlanc was the selected in the second round (27th overall pick) by the Montreal Impact, DeJohn was selected in the third round (42nd overall pick) by New England Revolution and Smith was picked in the fourth round (75th overall) by Houston Dynamo.

"We are very proud to have as many as three players drafted to Major League Soccer in one year. We are equally excited for our seniors who will have an opportunity to continue playing at the next level," said ODU Head Soccer Coach Alan Dawson.

DeJohn, a defender from Marlboro, NJ., earned second team All-CAA honors. He scored a goal in ODU's Fox Soccer nationally televised win over George Mason.

LeBlanc, a midfielder from Haverford, PA. earned third team NSCAA All-Region honors and second team All-CAA honors. During the season he was named TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week on Aug. 27th after scoring two goals with one assist against Navy. LeBlanc completed his career with 14 goals, five assists and 33 career points.

Smith, a forward from Hillsborough, NJ., assisted on five goals this year which ranked him fifth in the CAA and scored three for 11 total points. In the classroom he was selected to CoSIDA's Academic All-District III and was a semifinalist for the Senior Class Award. Smith was also on the MAC Hermann Trophy pre-season watch list. He finished his career with 23 goals, 14 assists and 60 total points. He ranks ninth all-time at ODU in career goals and 11th all-time in career assists and eighth all-time at ODU in career points.

 


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