Four Ivies Selected in 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Four Ivy League men's soccer players were selected in the 2012 Major League Soccer (MLS) Supplemental Draft, including the Penn duo of Thomas Brandt and Christian Barreiro, as well as Princeton forward Antoine Hoppenot and Columbia midfielder Mike Mazzullo.
Brandt was taken by the Philadelphia Union with the 13th pick in the first round with his teammate Barreiro selected as the 12th choice in the third round by the New York Red Bulls. Hoppenot also went to the Union, just one pick after Barreiro in the third round, while Mazzullo went to Toronto FC as the fourth pick in the fourth round.
The four-round Supplemental Draft was conducted via conference call on Tuesday, less than a week after its 2012 MLS SuperDraft, held Jan. 12 in Kansas City, Mo. Dartmouth forward Lucky Mkosana, the 2011 Ivy League Player of the Year, was selected in the SuperDraft by the Chicago Fire with the 23rd overall pick in the second round.
Brandt scored three of those goals in a wild 3-2 win at Harvard in double overtime in the season finale, the first hat trick by a Penn player since 1995. In 2010, Brandt was a first-team All-Region player, and this fall saw him receive first-team All-Ivy honors for the second consecutive season.
Hoppenot was a first-team All-Ivy selection following his sophomore, junior and senior seasons and second-team honoree as a freshman. He has been named NSCAA all-region each of the last three years and earned All-America honors by the organization, as well as by College Soccer News. Hoppenot has also been a candidate for Soccer News Net Player of the Year. He capped his career with 26 goals and 15 assists for 67 points in 69 games played and helped lead Princeton to an undefeated Ivy League season in 2010 and back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2009 and 2010.
Barreiro earned his second first-team All-Ivy nod this fall after setting career highs in goals (7) and points (21) - leading Penn in both categories. One of the most prolific playmakers in recent history, Barreiro led the Ivy League in assists for the second season in a row with seven. His proclivity for passing helped the Baltimore, Md. native finish with 58 career points - fourth most by a Penn player since 1969. Not just a passer, Barreiro took 64 shots, the most in the Ivy League and connected twice on penalty kicks in 2011 to finish his career a perfect 5-for-5 on PKs.
Mazzullo, the team captain in 2011 and three times during his Columbia career, registered four assists this season and was the linchpin of the Lions' midfield. An honorable mention All-Ivy honoree a year ago, Mazzullo started all 16 matches he played this season and finished his career having started 64 of 66 matches he played. He was selected as a All-Ivy second team selection following the 2011 season.
Last season, Dartmouth's Daniel Keat and Princeton Tigers Josh Wallburn and Teddy Schneider were selected in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft. Keat was selected by the LA Galaxy with the third pick in the first round of the Supplemental Draft. Walburn was selected by the Philadelphia Union in the second round as the 23rd pick overall. Schneider was picked 30th by the New York Red Bulls in the same round.
All-Time Ivy League Selections in the MLS Supplemental Draft*
Thomas Brandt (Penn); 13th overall (first round); Philadelphia Union
Christian Barreiro (Penn); 50th overall (third round); N.Y. Red Bulls
Antoine Hoppenot (Princeton); 51st overall (third round); Philadelphia Union
Mike Mazzullo (Columbia); 61st overall (fourth round); Toronto FC
Daniel Keat (Dartmouth); 3rd overall (first round); LA Galaxy
Josh Walburn (Princeton); 23rd overall (second round); Philadelphia Union
Teddy Schneider (Princeton); 31st overall (second round); N.Y. Red Bulls
Laurent Manuel (Brown); 49th overall (fourth round); N.Y. Red Bulls
Danny Cepero (Penn); 46th overall (fourth round); N.Y. Red Bulls
Darren Spicer (Princeton); 13th overall (second round); Chivas USA
Keith Cauldwell (Brown); 33rd overall (third round); Colorado Rapids
David Mahoney (Cornell); 15th overall (second round); Chicago Fire
Jeff Larentowicz (Brown); 45th overall (fourth round); New England Revolution
Chris Fox (Brown); 10th overall (first round); Dallas Burn
Joey Thieman (Princeton); 30th overall (third round); D.C. United
David Vaudreuil (Princeton); 17th overall (second round), LA Galaxy
*MLS Supplemental Drafts. Ivies in the MLS Super Drafts (2000-2011) & MLS College Drafts (1996-1999) results can be seen here.