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January 12, 2012

Dartmouth's Mkosana Drafted by Chicago Fire in MLS SuperDraft

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Dartmouth forward Lucky Mkosana, the 2011 Ivy League Player of the Year, was drafted by the Chicago Fire with the 23rd overall pick (second round) in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, held Thursday in Kansas City, Mo.

Mkosana is the first Big Green player selected in the MLS SuperDraft since 1999, when Bobby Meyer was chosen by the Colorado Rapids with the 32nd overall pick (third round) in what was then called the MLS College Draft.

Mkosana had a record-breaking senior season in 2011. He became Dartmouth's all-time leading scorer with 34 career goals, breaking a record that stood since the 1950s. Mkosana also became Dartmouth's all-time points leader with 79 career points, breaking a record that stood since the 1980s. He led the Dartmouth offense with 21 points on 10 goals and one assist and spent time in the national rankings. Mkosana is currently ranked No. 22 in goals per game (0.63), No. 32 in total goals (10) and No. 40 in points per game (1.30).

The Zimbabwe native was named Most Valuable Offensive Player of the 2011 Dartmouth Classic and was Ivy League Player of the Week (Sept. 12). Mkosana, a senior co-captain, also earned his fourth consecutive All-Ivy first team selection, in addition to Player of the Year honors. 

Mkosana becomes just the third player in Big Green history to be drafted by an MLS team. Last season, Daniel Keat was selected by the LA Galaxy with the third pick of the Supplemental Draft.

The 2012 MLS SuperDraft included two rounds and 38 overall selections. Several other Ivy League players could be selected in the four-round Supplemental Draft, which will take place on Jan. 17 via a conference call. 

With Mkosana's selection, the Ivy League has seen six players selected in the last four MLS SuperDrafts. Last season, Brown's Jon Okafor was selected in the third round of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft with the 40th overall pick by Chivas USA. In 2010, Harvard's Andre Akpan and Kwaku Nyamekye were selected. Akpan was chosen in the second round with the 22nd overall pick by the Colorado Rapids, while Nyamekye was selected in the fourth round and 60th overall by the Columbus Crew. In the 2009 MLS Super Draft, Penn's Alex Grendi was chosen 45th overall (third round) by the Columbus Crew and Harvard's Michael Fucito was then taken 46th (fourth round) by the Seattle Sounders.

All-Time Ivy League Selections in the MLS SuperDraft*
2012
Lucky Mkosana (Dartmouth); 23rd overall (second round); Chicago Fire

2011
Jon Okafor (Brown); 40th overall (third round); Chivas USA

2010    
Andre Akpan (Harvard); 22nd overall (second round); Colorado Rapids
Kwaku Nyamakye (Harvard); 60th overall (fourth round); Columbus Crew

2009
Alex Grendi (Penn); 45th overall (third round); Columbus Crew
Michael Fucito (Harvard); 46th overall (fourth round); Seattle Sounders

2008
Matt Britner (Brown); 41st overall (second round); New England

2007
Andrew Daniels (Brown); 18th overall (second round); FC Dallas

2005
Chris Gomez (Brown); 28th overall (third round); FC Dallas

2004
Kevin Ara (Harvard); 24th overall (third round); D.C. United
Jay Alberts (Yale); 37th overall (fourth round); Kansas City Wizards
Adom Crew (Brown); 41st overall (fifth round); Columbus Crew
Ian Pilarski (Cornell); 49th overall (fifth round); Chicago Fire
Matthew Haefner (Penn); 52nd overall (sixth round); Columbus Crew

2002
Matt Behncke (Princeton); 18th overall (second round); Dallas Burn
Cory Gibbs (Brown); 38th overall (fourth round); Los Angeles Galaxy
Mike Nugent (Princeton); 46th overall (fourth round); Chicago Fire
Brian Lavin (Yale); 57th overall (fifth round); Kansas City Wizards

2001
Cory Gibbs (Brown); 40th overall (fourth round); Miami Fusion
Scott Powers (Brown); 51st overall (fifth round); Columbus Crew
Matthew Cross (Brown); 72nd overall (sixth round); Kansas City Wizards

1999
Bobby Meyer (Dartmouth); 32nd overall (third round); Colorado Rapids

1998
Hans Wittusen (Brown); 22nd overall (second round); Dallas Burn
Tom McLaughlin (Harvard); 36th overall (third round); New England Revolution

1997
Will Kohler (Harvard); 15th overall (second round); New York/New Jersey MetroStars
Andrew Lewis (Princeton); 25th overall (third round); New York/New Jersey MetroStars

1996
Jesse Marsch (Princeton); 21st overall (third round); D.C. United

* - Includes MLS Super Drafts (2000-2011) & MLS College Drafts (1996-1999), not MLS Supplemental Drafts.