COLUMBUS, Ohio –Matt Gold and Konrad Warzycha, seniors on the 2010 Ohio State men’s soccer team, were selected in the 2011 Major League Soccer SuperDraft by Toronto FC and Sporting KC, respectively, from the site of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) convention Thursday in Baltimore, Md. Both taken in the third round, Gold and Warzycha become the 11th and 12th Buckeye players to enter the MLS ranks since the league’s inception in 1996.
“I am delighted for both players,” John Bluem, Ohio State head coach said. “I have said it before, but the number of players to move into the professional ranks is a good measuring stick for the success of your program and I like where we are headed. Both Matt and Konrad are heading to good organizations, both of which are rivals of the Columbus Crew, so it will be interesting to see those matches. We wish them nothing but the best and good luck in future endeavors as they begin their professional careers.”
A two-time team captain, Gold started in 80 of 82 career games and contributed three goals and six assists over the course of his career. An aggressive central midfielder, he averaged more minutes over the course of his four seasons than any other field player. He was a Second Team All-Big Ten honoree as a senior, following a first-team selection in the previous season.
Also a central midfielder, Warzycha led the Buckeyes in scoring with eight goals in his senior season, including four on penalty kicks and five that stood as game-winners. He started 57 of 75 career games and finished with 13 career goals and nine assists.
Ohio State has now sent 12 players into Major League Soccer, with the last selections standing as Eric Brunner and Roger Espinoza in the 2008 SuperDraft and Xavier Balc joining them in the Supplemental Draft the same year. Espinoza currently is with the Kansas City Wizards, while Brunner was traded from the Columbus Crew to the Portland Timbers during the offseason as part of the league expansion process.
FULL LIST OF OHIO STATE MLS DRAFT SELECTIONS
Matt Gold, M, Third Round (No. 43), Toronto
Konrad Warzycha, M, Third Round (No. 46), Kansas City
Roger Espinoza, M, First Round (No. 11), Kansas City
Eric Brunner, D, Second Round (No. 16). New York
Xavier Balc, F, Supplemental Draft (No. 2), Toronto
Dustin Kirby, D, Supplemental Draft (Fourth Round) Salt Lake
Ray Burse, GK, Third Round (No. 31), Dallas
Kyle Veris, D, Third Round (No. 32), Los Angeles
Justin Cook, F, Supplemental Draft (Second Round) Chicago
Sammy Tamporello, M, Supplemental Draft (Fourth Round) Dallas
Andy Rosenband, F, Sixth Round (No. 52) , Dallas
Jake Traeger, D, Sixth Round (No. 58), Columbus