Three former Saint Louis Billikens soccer players were taken during the third and fourth rounds Major League Soccer’s Superdraft on Tuesday. Vince Cicciarelli was taken in the third round by the Columbus Crew; Faik Hajderovic was a fourth-round pick by Sporting Kansas City; and Tyler David was selected in the fourth round by the Vancouver Whitecaps. It is the third year in a row Saint Louis has had multiple players taken in the MLS draft. Last year, four Billikens were selected, while two Billikens were drafted in the 2014 MLS draft. Since the first draft in 1996, 30 former Billikens have been drafted into MLS.
“All three of these players came to SLU to chase their dream of playing professionally, and we are fortunate to be a part of helping them realize that dream,” Saint Louis head coach Mike McGinty said. “We look forward to following their careers and wish them the best of luck at the next level.”
Cicciarelli finished his collegiate career at Saint Louis after playing three seasons at Notre Dame. He led the Billikens in 2015 with six goals en route to second-team All-Conference honors.
Hajderovic transferred to SLU for his senior year after playing three seasons at Evansville. He finished his career with 25 assists, the most among active NCAA Division I players last year.
David was a four-year starter for the Billikens. He picked up first-team All-Conference honors as a senior after starting every game. David contributed to a defensive effort that helped the Billikens tie for the league lead in fewest goals allowed.
Story courtesy: SLU Athletics