Ciesiulka Selected by Chicago Fire in MLS SuperDraft
Jan. 21, 2014
MILWAUKEE - Midfielder Bryan Ciesiulka was drafted Tuesday by the Chicago Fire, becoming just the second player from Marquette University to be selected in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft.
Ciesiulka was taken with the 18th pick of the fourth round and was the 75th player chosen overall. The Chicago Fire acquired the pick in June 2012 as part of trade that sent Kwame Watson-Siriboe to Real Salt Lake.
He is the first Golden Eagles' player to be drafted by an MLS team since midfielder Calum Mallace was selected 20th overall by the Montreal Impact in the 2012 SuperDraft.
A native of Naperville, Ill., the former Golden Eagles' maestro began playing with the Chicago Fire Development Academy in 2010. Ciesiulka has moved through the club's ranks, including a stint with the Super-20s and the last three summers as a member of the Chicago Fire PDL side.
Ciesiulka helped the Marquette men's soccer team win its second BIG EAST Conference regular-season title in three years this past fall, and he shared the league's 2013 midfielder-of-the-year award en route to helping the Golden Eagles claim their first-ever BIG EAST tournament championship.
The MU co-captain graduated from the university in December with a degree in mathematics after leading the squad to its second NCAA tournament appearance during his tenure. Ciesiulka earned 69 caps for the Golden Eagles, registering 35 points on nine goals and 17 assists during his four-year career.
On Tuesday, the Chicago Fire also selected Zach Bolden (61st overall) from the University of Denver and Kadeem Dacres (65th overall) from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
"They performed well in their collegiate careers and display qualities that we feel can fit in our system, and we're looking forward to having all three players join us for preseason," new head coach and director of soccer Frank Yallop said in a statement.