Andre Blake tops MLS draft
...as three Jamaicans make the top 10 draft list
THREE Jamaican players, Andre Blake, Andre Lewis and Damion Lowe, were top 10 picks in the first round of the 2014 Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft at the Philadelphia Convention Center, Pennsylvania yesterday.
Blake, the 23-year-old long-limbed goalkeeper who played three seasons at the University of Connecticut, was remarkably selected as the first pick of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft by the Philadelphia Union. The former Clarendon College student, who represented Jamaica at the youth level, became the first goalkeeper to be top overall choice in the draft.
Nineteen-year-old Andre Lewis, who was a key player during Jamaica's successful Under-17 World Cup qualifying campaign in 2011, was the seventh draft pick for the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Lewis, a technically sound midfielder, has been training with the North American Soccer League team New York Cosmos. He was a part of St George's College's all-conquering Manning Cup team of two seasons ago.
Lowe, who like Blake signed a Generation Adidas contract which funds future education, was selected as the eighth pick of the 2014 MLS SuperDraft by the Seattle Sounders.
Lowe, 20, previously a Harbour View defender and son of former Reggae Boy standout Onandi, was proud to be picked by the Sounders.
"It's an honour...It's an honour to be here. It's like a dream come true. Words can't explain how I feel right now because I've made a lot of people proud. In my life, I've been through ups and downs. I come from a place where not many people become successful or fulfil their dreams. I'm just glad for this great opportunity and I'm looking forward to great things in Seattle," Lowe said at a press conference yesterday.
Lowe played three seasons for the University of Hartford.
The fourth Jamaican in the draft, Romena Bowie was not selected yesterday at the first and second round of selections. The third and fourth rounds will be done on the 21st of this month via conference call. Bowie is a midfielder for the Virginia Commonwealth University.