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Two Ivies Taken in MLS Supplemental Draft

MLS Supplemental Draft

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Ivy League saw two of its men’s soccer players selected in the 2012 Major League Soccer (MLS) Supplemental Draft, held Tuesday in New York City. Princeton senior defender Mark Linnville was taken with the 24th pick by the Phiadelphia Union and Harvard senior forward Brian Rogers was drafted by the Vancouver Whitecaps five picks later.

Linnville and Rogers join Brown defender Dylan Remick, who was drafted in the second round of the MLS SuperDraft on Jan. 17.

Linnville earned first-team All-Ivy honors for the fourth time as a senior, just the eighth player in League history to do so. He recorded a career-high eight points on a personal-best two goals along with four assists in 2012 and finished his career with 21 points on four goals and 13 assists. He played in 69 games, starting 68, and helped the Tigers shut out 18 opponents during his four years.

Princeton has had players selected in the MLS Supplemental Draft in three-straight years, as Antoine Hoppenot was drafted by the Union in 2012 and Josh Walburn (Union) and Teddy Schneider (N.Y. Red Bulls) were taken in 2011.

Rogers kicked off his career with a bang, recording six goals and six assists en route to being named Ivy League Rookie of the Year, while helping the Crimson get to the NCAA Tournament in 2009. He earned second-team All-Ivy for the second-straight year as a sophomore after tallying five goals and one assist on the year. Despite battling injuries over his final two seasons, Rogers totaled 38 points on 14 goals and 10 assists, including a goal and an assist in 2012.

Rogers is the first Crimson ever to be taken in the Supplemental Draft and the first Harvard men's soccer player drafted into the MLS since 2010, when Andre Akpan (Colorado Rapids) and Kwaku Nyamakye (Columbus Crew) were taken in the SuperDraft.

All-Time Ivy League Selections in the MLS Supplemental Draft*
2013
Mark Linnville (Princeton); 24th overall (second round); Philadelphia Union
Brian Rogers (Harvard); 29th overall (second round); Vancouver Whitecaps

2012
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

2011
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

2008
Laurent Manuel (Brown); 49th overall (fourth round); N.Y. Red Bulls

2007
Danny Cepero (Penn); 46th overall (fourth round); N.Y. Red Bulls

2006
Darren Spicer (Princeton); 13th overall (second round); Chivas USA
Keith Cauldwell (Brown); 33rd overall (third round); Colorado Rapids

2005
David Mahoney (Cornell); 15th overall (second round); Chicago Fire
Jeff Larentowicz (Brown); 45th overall (fourth round); New England Revolution

1998
Chris Fox (Brown); 10th overall (first round); Dallas Burn

1997
Joey Thieman (Princeton); 30th overall (third round); D.C. United

1996
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.