Calum Mallace Selected No. 20 Overall By Montreal Impact
Jan. 12, 2012
MILWAUKEE -- Former Marquette University midfielder Calum Mallace was drafted 20th overall Thursday by the expansion Montreal Impact, becoming the first-ever MU player to be selected in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft.
Mallace, the 2011 BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year, was the first player taken in the second round of Thursday's SuperDraft, which was held in Kansas City, Mo. and televised nationally on ESPN2.
"It feels like just yesterday that I committed to Marquette," said Mallace. "I really appreciate what all my coaches and teammates have done for me. I wouldn't be in this position if it wasn't for them. This is an experience I'll never forget."
The Montreal Impact became the 19th MLS franchise it was announced in May 2010 and will play their first MLS regular season match March 10, 2012 at the Vancouver Whitecaps.
A native of Torphichen, Scotland and recent Marquette graduate, Mallace garnered the attention of Impact head coach Jesse Marsch this past weekend at the MLS Player Combine in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
"Calum is a competitor and he had a very good combine to show his abilities," said Marsch on team's website. "He was the 11th player on our list so it was a pretty easy decision for the technical staff. We are very pleased with our picks."
Mallace, who helped the Golden Eagles win their first BIG EAST Conference Blue Division championship this past fall, finished his Marquette career with 39 points on 13 goals and 13 assists. Eight of his 13 career goals were game winners. He was was also a back-to-back All-BIG EAST selection while being named Second Team All-America in 2011 by College Soccer News.
A 6-foot-2 rangy midfielder, Mallace becomes the highest drafted college player under MU head coach Louis Bennett.
"I'm so proud of him," said MU head men's soccer coach Louis Bennett. "Calum has set the standard here. I'm really, really happy about him getting his just reward. I give him my best. He's accomplished some of his goals and also got his degree from Marquette in three and a half years. I think Montreal is a great fit for him. It's a group that's going have great support. He's going to have a great opportunity."