Marquette's Nortey Hopeful on MLS SuperDraft Day
Jan. 14, 2016
BALTIMORE – The 2016 MLS SuperDraft is set to begin today and Marquette men’s soccer graduate C. Nortey is hopeful to find an MLS team to call home.
The Chicago Fire has the first selection in the draft, which is scheduled for four rounds and slated to start at noon Central time. Live coverage can be found in the embedded video below or by clicking the link here: https://youtu.be/cKVF4isv_hk
MLS Draft Tracker: http://www.mlssoccer.com/superdraft/2016/tracker
Nortey, who was one of 72 players to participate in the adidas MLS Combine (Jan. 7-12), finished his career as the program’s sixth all-time leading scorer with 69 career points on 30 goals a nd nine assists. He also tied the school-record for most game-winning scores (8).
A native of Accra, Ghana, Nortey attended The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut upon the move from his native country as part of the Right to Dream Academy – an organization that offers children in Africa the opportunity to “reach their true potential” through sport and education.
If drafted, Nortey would become the fifth Marquette player since 2012 to hear his name called on draft day. Just last January, defender Axel Sjoberg (’15) became the highest-ever selection for an MU player as the Colorado Rapids traded up to select him 14th overall. Joining him was goalkeeper Charlie Lyon, who was then taken in the fourth round by the Seattle Sounders.
In addition, former midfielders Calum Mallace and Bryan Ciesiulka were the first two MU players selected in the MLS SuperDraft. Mallace, the first MU player drafted, was taken 20th overall (first player chosen in the second round) by the Montreal Impact in 2012, while Ciesiulka was a fourth round selection by the Chicago Fire in 2014.
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