OMAHA, Neb. (Jan. 22)
- Two Creighton men's soccer players were selected in the 2013 Major League
Soccer Supplemental Draft Tuesday afternoon. As a result, Creighton remains the
only college program in the nation to have at least one player drafted into MLS
since the league's inception in 1996.
Toronto FC selected senior Jose Gomez in the second round
with the 38th pick overall and the New York Red Bulls claimed senior Andrew Ribeiro
at the 70th selection overall in the fourth round. It marks the first draft
selection of a Creighton player for each MLS squad.
Earlier this month Gomez finished as the second runner-up
for the 2012 MAC Hermann Trophy, annually awarded to the top NCAA Division I
men's soccer player. He also claimed
Soccer America MVP First team honors as a midfielder in early January. In
December, Gomez earned National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)
All-America First Team honors and All-Midwest Region accolades as well as a
College Soccer News All-America team selection.
The senior co-captain led the Bluejays to the College Cup in
back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history. Gomez is the
reigning 2012 Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Player of the Year and 2012 MVC
Tournament MVP after helping the Jays claim their 13th Valley tournament
championship and 20th NCAA Tournament appearance.
The 2012 First Team All-MVC selection started all 24 matches
for the Bluejays this season. Gomez finished the year ranked No. 20 nationally
and led the MVC with nine assists. The final helper of his CU career came Dec.
2 in an NCAA quarterfinal win at No. 4 seed Connecticut on the game-winning
goal scored by Christian Blandon with 90 seconds remaining.
Gomez completed 2012 at No. 71 in the country and second in
the MVC with 21 points this season (6 goals, 9 assists). He launched at least
one shot attempt in each match this season and recorded a shot on goal in 16
contests. Earlier this season he earned an assist on all three CU goals at
Princeton (10/9), the first Bluejay to accomplish the feat since Nov. 8, 2008.
The Santa Ana, Calif., native finished his career ranked in
a tie for fifth in school history with 26 career assists as a Bluejay in just
three seasons in Omaha. Gomez ranks in a
tie for first all-time with 15 assists in Morrison Stadium. In other stadium marks
he stands second in shots on goal at 37 and third in points at 33. Including
his freshman season at Cal State Fullerton in 2008, Gomez totaled 31 assists,
16 goals and 76 shots on goal in his career.
Ribeiro, the reigning 2012 MVC Defensive Player of the Year,
started every contest for CU this year. He also claimed an All-MVC First Team
selection and earned MVC All-Tournament team honors after scoring the
game-winning goal against SIU Edwardsville in the MVC Tournament Championship.
The senior earned MVC Defensive Player of the Week honors on
three occasions this season but was also a lethal threat on offense. Each of
his final seven goals at CU was a game-winning tally including three this
season - two scored against SIUE, the other against Washington in an NCAA
Second Round match. This season Ribeiro was named to Ameritas Classic
All-Tournament Team and was also recognized as part of the Creighton
Invitational All-Tournament Team. He led CU in time seen on the pitch,
playing all but 48 minutes in 2012.
The Green Bay, Wis., native is one of three Bluejays to
start back-to-back matches in a College Cup joining Gomez and junior teammate Bruno
Castro. In four seasons at Creighton, Ribeiro totaled 10 goals, three assists
and 30 shots on goal in his career.
Creighton is the only soccer program in the nation to have
at least one player drafted (supplemental draft included) into MLS since the
league began in 1996. With two players
taken this year, 31 Bluejays have been drafted by MLS.
NOTES: Gomez is the first Bluejay to be selected by Toronto ...
Ribeiro is the first Bluejay to be selected by New York ... Former Bluejay Mehdi
Ballouchy (2000) played parts of the last three seasons, including 2012, with
New York ... With the selections of Gomez and Ribeiro eight Bluejays have been selected
in the MLS Supplemental Draft all-time, the first since Sergio Castillo in 2011
... It marks the second time that Creighton saw multiple players taken in the Supplemental
Draft (2007) ... That year in 2007 Ryan Junge and Michael Kraus also went in the
second and fourth rounds, respectively.