January 13, 2007 Toronto FC complestes first ever MLS SuperDraft (from Toronto FC Media Relations)

01/13/2007 7:14PM
Toronto FC completes first ever MLS SuperDraft
Toronto FC Media Relations

With the completion of the 2007 MLS SuperDraft, Toronto FC is now in the history books. Head Coach Mo Johnston held his first selection and chose Midfielder Maurice Edu from the University of Maryland.

Upon completing a trade with the Los Angeles Galaxy, Toronto FC received another first round pick, 10th overall in exchange for a partial allocation.

With that selection, Johnston selected 23 year old Defender Andrew Boyens of the University of New Mexico.

Boyens, a native of New Zealand, was a member of the New Zealand U-23 team in 2003 and is currently a member of the Senior Men's National Team.

In the college ranks, Boyens was named the MPSF (Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) Player of the Year twice (2006, 2004) and named to the NSCAA All-Far West Region First Team this past season.

In the third round, Toronto FC selected Canadian Rich Asante of Syracuse. The 22 year old Asante was a part of Canada's most successful ever U-20 squad, making it all the way to the Quarterfinals in the U-20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in 2003, only to lose after the golden goal by Spain. Most recently, Asante took part in Toronto FC's Open Tryouts.

In the fourth and final round, Toronto FC selected another Canadian Jeff Gonsalves of the University of Rhode Island 40th overall.

The 20 year old forward is a native of Markham, Ontario. This past season he was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Championship Team, was also their Offensive Player of the Year and is a two time First Team All-Conference player.

Gonsalves trained at the Canadian National Training Centre in 2002 and helped the Woodbridge Strikers Soccer Club to a gold medal in the 2003 Ontario Cup.

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