Solar Belt Makes Historical past in 2022 MLS Draft

December 24, 2022

NEW ORLEANS – 5 Solar Belt Males’s Soccer gamers had been chosen within the Main League Soccer (MLS) draft this week, marking essentially the most in convention historical past. 
Kentucky ahead Eythor Bjorgolfsson was chosen within the second spherical with the 38th general choose by the Seattle Sounders FC. Bjorgolfsson demonstrated a formidable profession as a Wildcat enjoying in 68 matches with 43 begins totaling 3,808 minutes on the pitch in his 4 years in Lexington. The senior has been a pressure to reckon with on the assault with 24 objectives, tying sixth in all-time profession purpose scorers for this system. His 10 game-winning objectives locations him in third general. The Jessheim, Norway native has acquired quite a few honors all through the 2022 marketing campaign together with Solar Belt Preseason Offensive Participant of the Yr, Solar Belt First Crew honors and Solar Belt All-Event honors. 

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Marshall keeper Oliver Semmle was taken by the Colorado Rapids with the 41st general choose. Semmle put collectively a standout season in purpose for the Herd, ending the yr with Second Crew All-Convention honors and United Soccer Coaches Second Crew All-Southeast Area recognition. The graduate pupil from Au am Rhein, Germany, performed each minute in purpose for the Herd aside from 16 minutes, whereas accumulating an 11-4-4 report this season with a Solar Belt greatest .738 objectives in opposition to common and a .774 save proportion. Semmle’s holds this system report with 25 shutouts throughout his profession. He had six shutouts throughout the 2022 season, a mark that ranks second within the convention.





A constant and versatile midfielder at Kentucky, Clay Holstad was chosen by Columbus Crew within the second spherical with the 43rd general choose. Finishing the 2022 marketing campaign as a fifth yr senior, the Birmingham, Ala., native, completed the season with 58 complete pictures with 16 on purpose, and recorded 5 objectives and tallied seven assists. The 2022 Solar Belt Convention Event MVP was a mainstay on the pitch for the Wildcats, beginning all 21 contests in 2022 to assist lead his squad to the Solar Belt Convention Common Season and Event Championship. 





Kentucky defender Luis Grassow was taken by Orlando Metropolis SC with the 46th general choose. Grassow, a local of Munich, Germany, accomplished a embellished senior marketing campaign, ending his season on the pitch because the Solar Belt Defensive Participant of the Yr in addition to a Solar Belt First Crew and Solar Belt All-Event honoree. The senior captain was additionally named a Faculty Sports activities Communicators Tutorial All-American for the 2022 season. The defender has performed 59 matches for Kentucky with 56 begins totaling 5,057 minutes on the pitch. All through his Wildcat profession, the senior defender has contributed to over 20 shutouts.





James Madison’s Tyler Clegg was chosen 85th general by the Portland Timbers. The Woodbridge, Va. native completed his five-year profession enjoying and beginning in 19 matches throughout the 2022 marketing campaign, incomes All-Southeast Area Third Crew honors. He was second on the crew with 5 objectives and added an help for a complete of 11 factors, the third most on the crew. He anchored a backline that produced seven shutouts and helped the Dukes make a run to the championship match because the seventh seed within the Solar Belt Convention Championship.