PHILADELPHIA – The University of Louisville men’s soccer program had a pair of players selected in the second round of the 2018 Major League Soccer SuperDraft on Friday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Senior defender, Tim Kubel went 28th overall to Toronto FC and senior forward Mohamed Thiaw was chosen 35th by the San Jose Earthquakes.

“We’re so proud of Mo and Tim and the effort they made to make this achievement possible. We are pleased to have participated in their growth, which made their dreams a reality,” said Louisville head coach Ken Lolla. “They were so instrumental in building a culture of success. Both players were exceptional representatives of our program, Louisville athletics and the entire university.”

Kubel capped his brilliant collegiate career with multiple individual honors in 2017. The Stuttgart, Germany native was selected as a United Soccer Coaches First Team All-American, chosen as a MAC Hermann Award semifinalist, named to the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Scholar All-America First Team and was an All-ACC First Team honoree. Kubel scored 21 goals and had a school record 26 assists in 82 matches during his four seasons, including six goals and seven assists in 2017. Overall, he was a two-time All-American, two-time Scholar All-American, four-time All-ACC selection and a two-time MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist. Along with his career assists record, Kubel is also Louisville’s single season assists record holder registering 11 assists in 2016.

With Lolla at the helm at Louisville, the Cardinals have been very successful in sending players into professional soccer and specifically Major League Soccer. Since the 2012 draft, Louisville has produced six first round selections in the MLS SuperDraft, including Andrew Farrell as the No. 1 overall pick in 2013. The Cardinals have also had two or more selections in the first two rounds of the SuperDraft six times, highlighted by a school record four selections in 2012. Overall, 20 players from the University of Louisville have been chosen in the MLS SuperDraft all-time.

 

LOUISVILLE’S ALL-TIME MLS SUPERDRAFT PICKS
2018

Tim Kubel – Toronto FC – 2nd Round – 28th overall
Mohamed Thiaw – San Jose Earthquakes – 2nd Round – 35th overall

2017
Daniel Johnson – Chicago Fire – 1st Round – 11th overall
Stefan Cleveland – Chicago Fire – 2nd Round – 26th overall
Michael DeGraffenreidt – New York City FC – 3rd Round – 60th overall
Romilio Hernandez – Portland Timbers – 4th Round – 80th overall

2015
Daniel Keller – LA Galaxy – 3rd Round – 62nd overall

2014
Marlon Hairston – Colorado Rapids – 1st Round – 12th overall
Jimmy Ockford – Seattle Sounders – 2nd Round – 21st overall

2013
Andrew Farrell – New England Revolution – 1st Round – 1st overall
Paolo DelPiccolo – Montreal Impact – 2nd Round – 27th overall
Greg Cochrane – LA Galaxy – 2nd Round – 38th overall
Brock Granger – Real Salt Lake – Supplemental 3rd Round – 88th overall

2012
Nick DeLeon – DC United – 1st Round – 7th overall
Austin Berry – Chicago Fire – 1st Round – 9th overall
Colin Rolfe – Houston Dynamo – 1st Round – 18th overall
Kenney Walker – LA Galaxy – 2nd Round – 38th overall

2011
J.T. Murray – Sporting Kansas City – 2nd Round – 32nd overall
Charlie Campbell – FC Dallas – 2nd Round – 35th overall

2004
Adrian Cann – Colorado Rapids – 1st Round – 16th overall

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