Jan. 14, 2016
WASHINGTON - Three members of the Georgetown University men's soccer team made history on Thursday, all being selected in the first round of the Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft held at the Baltimore Convention Center. Three of the four team captains and defenders from 2015 were selected.
Joshua Yaro (Santa Barbara, Calif./Cate School) was the No. 2 overall pick to the Philadelphia Union making him the highest pick in Georgetown history. He was followed up by Keegan Rosenberry (Ronks, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite) who went at No. 3 to the Union as well. Cole Seiler (Anderson, S.C./Christ Church Episcopal School) was the No. 16 overall pick by the Vancouver Whitecaps.
This is just the third time in MLS history that two players from the same school have been selected with two of the top three picks. The last was the University of California in 2014 and the first was the University of Akron in 2011. It is also the eighth time in MLS history that three players from one school have been selected in the first round with the last coming for Cal in 2014. The University of North Carolina also had three players selected this year.
Yaro was a member of the 2016 Generation adidas class. Players who join MLS as part of the Generation adidas program receive the opportunity to develop their game and hone their skills at the professional level by training and playing with one of Major League Soccer's 20 professional clubs. Generation adidas players do not count against an MLS team's salary budget. He was the first Generation adidas player in Georgetown program history.
Yaro, an NSCAA Second Team All-America honoree, was named the unanimous BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and unanimous First Team All-BIG EAST for the second-consecutive year. He was also First Team All-Great Lakes Region. The team captain started 17 games for the Blue & Gray in 2015, missing four contests due to injury, and played a key role in the squad's nine shutouts. On offense, he posted an assist.
Yaro was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, the BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, Preseason All-BIG EAST and to TopDrawerSoccer.com's Preseason Best XI First Team. He was also named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 26.
This was his second-consecutive All-America award, and third-consecutive all-region selection.
Off the field, he was named NSCAA First Team Scholar All-America, CoSIDA Academic All-District and was a two-time BIG EAST All-Academic honoree.
Rosenberry had one goal and four assists along with one game winner in conference play as well as two goals and six assists overall to rank as Georgetown's fifth-leading scorer with 10 points in 2015. He had four-career goals and 13 assists for 21 points in his career. The two-year captain was a Second Team All-BIG EAST honoree for three-consecutive seasons. He was named Preseason All-BIG EAST and to the BIG EAST Honor Roll on Oct. 5. He helped the defense to nine shutouts in 2015.
He is a two-time All-Great Lakes Region honoree, and a member of the BIG EAST All-Academic squad.
Seiler was a Second Team All-BIG EAST selection after starting all 21 games for the Hoyas in 2015. The four-year starter had two goals and one assist this past season as well as four goals and one assist in his career. He scored the game winner in the regular season to defeat Creighton University in the 83rd minute. Seiler played an important role on defense helping GU to nine shutouts as a senior. He was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on Nov. 9, and to the weekly honor roll on Oct. 12.
He was also a three-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star.
Georgetown already had two players signed from the 2015 team, as Brandon Allen (Old Bridge, N.J./St. Joseph) and Alex Muyl (New York, N.Y./Bard) both signed Homegrown Contracts with the New York Red Bulls in December. Including the picks today, Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese has now had 14 players be drafted or sign with an MLS club in his tenure on the Hilltop. -123-