C. Nortey not taken in MLS SuperDraft

2016 draft marks first time without a Marquette selection since 2013

Nortey scored four goals in his final season at Marquette (Photo by Doug Peters/douglas.peters@marquette.edu)

Nortey scored four goals in his final season at Marquette (Photo by Doug Peters/douglas.peters@marquette.edu)

Jack Goods, jack.goods@mu.edu

Marquette’s class of MLS Draft picks won’t be growing by one more this year, as C. Nortey, the school’s only draft eligible player, was not selected in the MLS SuperDraft.

Nortey was projected to be drafted by most mock drafts. SBI Soccer had him selected as high as 33rd by Chicago, while TopDrawerSoccer had him ranked No. 62 on its Big Board.

Nortey scored 30 goals in 74 games over his four-year career at Marquette, including eight game-winners, tied for the most in program history. His 69 points rank him sixth all-time in Marquette scoring. His senior year was his most quiet, scoring only four goals, but he tallied a career-high three assists.

This is the first year since 2013 that a Marquette player was not selected. Axel Sjoberg (Colorado) and Charlie Lyon (Seattle) were picked last year, while Bryan Ciesuilka (Chicago) was taken a year prior.

Nine BIG EAST players were selected, including four first round picks. The Philadelphia Union selected three of the four, taking Georgetown defenders Joshua Yaro and Keegan Rosenberry second and third overall and Creighton forward Fabian Herbers sixth overall. Georgetown defender Cole Seiler was selected 16th overall by Vancouver.