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Northeastern's Don Anding

NU's Anding Chosen 26th Overall In MLS SuperDraft

Courtesy: CAA
          Release: 01/17/2013
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INDIANAPOLIS - Don Anding became the first-ever Northeastern men's soccer player chosen in the MLS SuperDraft on Thursday when the Amity Harbor, N.Y. native was selected by the Philadelphia Union with the 26th overall pick.

Anding joins the Union after a highly successful 2013 MLS Combine, which saw him record the fastest 30-meter sprint time (4.04 seconds), 0.05 seconds ahead of the second place finisher, and the second quickest 5-10-5 agility time (4.08 seconds). He also tallied an assist in one of the scrimmages during the five-day combine.

"I had a great interview with them over at the Combine," Anding said. "I was glad to get picked by them. I was kind of hoping to stay somewhat local, and they have a great organization and I was really excited to hear that I was going there."

Anding, who was also a MAC-Hermann Semifinalist and NSCAA All-American, had a season to remember for Northeastern in 2012, leading the Huskies to their first-ever CAA tournament title and first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 2002. He totaled 35 points (14 goals, six assists), becoming the first Husky since 1994 to notch at least 30 points in a season (Bjorn Hansen; 32), and was the first NU player since 1999 to have at least 14 goals in a season (Petter Starnas; 16).

Anding led the CAA in points and goals, was tied for first in game-winning goals, and was second in assists in 2012. He finished the season ranked 11th in the nation in both total points (35) and points per game (1.67).

The 2012 CAA Player of the Year, CAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player and three-time CAA Player of the Week honoree, Anding recorded his first career hat trick against Holy Cross on Sep. 25, becoming the first Husky since 2001 to do so.

Anding, who was also named to College Soccer News' National Team of the Week twice this season, including National Player of the Week honors on Nov. 11, scored two of six game-winning goals in double overtime, helping NU lead the nation in double overtime victories.

Anding helped Northeastern to its most victories (14), fewest losses (three), fewest goals against (16) and longest unbeaten streak (12) in program history during the 2012 campaign, as well as tying the team record for longest winning streak (six).

Philadelphia, which finished the 2012 season with a 10-18-6 record, finished 2012 in eighth place in the Eastern Conference.