Jan. 22, 2013
STORRS, Conn. -The UConn men's soccer team had three additional seniors drafted in the 2013 MLS Draft on Tuesday afternoon. Jossimar Sanchez was taken with the No. 4 pick in the first round by the New England Revolution. Stephane Diop was taken No. 51 by the New York Red Bulls and Max Wasserman was chosen No. 69 by Real Salt Lake.
The three picks give UConn four in the 2013 Draft overall. Senior midfielder Carlos Alvarez was chosen No. 2 overall by Chivas USA last week in the MLS SuperDraft. The University of Connecticut has had 29 MLS Draft selections.
"What a day for these three young men. They have the opportunity to realize their dreams," said UConn Head Coach Ray Reid. "Over the past four years, they've represented UConn spectacularly. To see them develop as players and grow as young men culminating with the draft today, I couldn't be happier."
Sanchez was a three-time All-BIG EAST selection and a four-year starter for UConn. As a senior, Sanchez was named All-BIG EAST First Team after being selected to the All-BIG EAST Third Team as a sophomore and junior. He was tabbed All-Rookie in 2009. Sanchez helped lead the Huskies to the 2009 and 2012 BIG EAST Regular Season Championships and the 2011 and 2012 NCAA Quarterfinals.
Diop was a 2011 All-BIG EAST Second Team selection after being named All-BIG EAST Third team in 2010 and All-Rookie in 2009. A two-year captain, Diop finished his career with 16 goals and 16 assists for 48 points in 82 games.
Wasserman started at outside back the final two years of his career in Storrs and was named a team captain as a senior. In four seasons, Wasserman appeared in 71 games, registering six goals, 12 assists and 24 points. As a senior, Wasserman finished with 10 points on two goals and six assists, including a game-winning free kick in overtime against Washington live on Fox Soccer Channel on September 7.