Quinn and Brenes Join MLS Ranks On Day Two Of SuperDraft
AKRON, Ohio – Two more University of Akron men's soccer players had their names called when the Major League Soccer SuperDraft resumed with rounds three and four Tuesday afternoon in Philadelphia, Pa.
Aodhan Quinn, the 2013 Mid-American Conference Player of the Year and semifinalist for the Hermann Trophy, was selected by the Philadelphia Union with the 14th pick of the third round (No. 52 overall) while Zips leading goal scorer and two-time Academic All-American Reinaldo Brenes was taken by Sporting Kansas City with the 19th pick of the fourth round (No. 76).
Brenes and Quinn are the fourth and fifth players taken from the Zips' 2013 team by an MLS club this offseason. Junior Bryan Gallego signed a Homegrown Contract with the Portland Timbers last Wednesday and seniors Robbie Derschang (Philadelphia) and Eric Stevenson (New York Red Bulls) were taken in the second round of the MLS draft the following day.
In all, the Zips men's soccer program has now developed 25 players for professional teams in MLS or overseas since 2007. Furthermore, Akron has at least one former player on 12 of the 19 MLS clubs.
Quinn played a crucial linking role in the Zips' possession-based attack last fall, finishing second on the team with seven goals and a trio of game winners. At the end of the season, he was named to the All-America First Team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and earned Team MVP Second Team honors from Soccer America.
The native of San Diego, California and son of North American Soccer League star Brian Quinn, scored a number of clutch goals for UA in 2013 and was at his best during the postseason, finding the back of the net in three straight contests in the MAC Tournament and NCAA Tournament. His shining moment from last fall may have come in a dramatic come-from-behind victory over then-ranked No. 11 Penn State in early November as he scored both goals in a 2-1, double-overtime result.
Brenes was named to the watch lists for both the Hermann Trophy and Senior CLASS Award in 2013 while further establishing himself as one of college soccer's most dangerous finishers. The team captain paced the Zips eight goals in 18 matches, including a team-high five game-winning strikes, and added a pair of assists.
A two-time Academic All-American, the native of San Jose, Costa Rica scored four goals in his final six matches, including a brace against defending national champion Indiana in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He also notched game-winners against West Virginia, Bowling Green, Rutgers and Furman.
Akron, which owns the highest winning percentage (.828) in the NCAA since 2006, has had at least one player drafted by or signed a Homegrown Contract with an MLS club in each of the last six years.
Zips All-Time Major League Soccer Draft History
, First Round (No. 2), Portland Timbers, 2011
, First Round (No. 3), D.C. United, 2011
, First Round (No. 4), Chivas USA, 2011
, First Round (No. 7), Houston Dynamo, 2011
, First Round (No. 8), Vancouver Whitecaps, 2011
, Second Round (No. 31), D.C. United, 2011
, Second Round (No. 33), San Jose Earthquakes, 2011
, First Round (No. 4 overall), Sporting Kansas City, 2010
, First Round (No. 10), Chivas USA, 2010
, Third Round (No. 47), Chivas USA, 2010
Steve Zakuani, First Round (No. 1), Seattle Sounders, 2009
Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Third Round (No. 33), New York Red Bulls, 2007
Zips All-Time Homegrown Signings History
Zips In MLS (23)
Colorado Rapids (1): Dillon Serna (2012); Columbus Crew (2): Chad Barson (2009-12), Wil Trapp (2011-12); D.C. United (2): Perry Kitchen (2010), Chris Korb (2008-10); Houston Dynamo (1): Kofi Sarkodie (2008-10); Montreal Impact (2): Evan Bush (2005-08), Sinisa Ubiparipovic (2004-06); New England Revolution (1): Scott Caldwell (2009-12); New York Red Bulls (1): Eric Stevenson (2009-13); Philadelphia Union (2): Robbie Derschang (2012-13), Aodhan Quinn (2011-13); Portland Timbers (6): Bryan Gallego (2011-13), David Meves (2009-12), Darlington Nagbe (2008-10), Michael Nanchoff (2007-10), Steve Zakuani (2007-08), Ben Zemanski (2006-09); Seattle Sounders (2): Blair Gavin (2007-09), DeAndre Yedlin (2011-12); Sporting Kansas City (2): Reinaldo Brenes (2010-13), Teal Bunbury (2008-09); Vancouver Whitecaps (1): Darren Mattocks (2010-11).
Zips Abroad (2)
Anthony Ampaipitakwong (2007-10), Buriram United (Thailand)
Zarek Valentin (2009-10), FK Bodø/Glimt (Norway)