Wake Forest, NCSU, Campbell soccer players chosen in MLS SuperDraft

From News ReleasesJanuary 21, 2014 

— Tolani Ibikunle and Luca Gimenez were selected Tuesday in the third and fourth rounds of the MLS SuperDraft, giving the Wake Forest men’s soccer team four players drafted for the first time since 2010.

Ibikunle was picked in the third round (49th overall) by the Colorado Rapids, and Gimenez was taken in the fourth round (63rd overall) by the Philadelphia Union. Fellow seniors Chris Duvall and Jared Watts were taken in the second round of the MLS SuperDraft last week.

A defender, Ibikunle played in 70 games at Wake Forest, making 55 starts. He scored three goals from his position on the back line, including two during 2013, and also tallied three assists.

Gimenez, a forward, had 26 goals at Wake Forest, ranking him ninth on the school’s all-time list. Making 81 appearances and 51 starts over four years, he also added 11 assists to total 63 points.

The four Wake Forest players taken in the MLS SuperDraft were the most since four also were taken in 2010.

N.C. State: Alex Martinez was selected in the third round by Sporting Kansas City with the 57th overall pick.

Martinez, a two-year starter for the Wolfpack after transferring from High Point, earned a spot on the All-ACC third team with eight assists and a pair of goals last year. That campaign followed a junior season that saw Martinez become the first N.C. State player to record double-digit goals and assists since 1991.

Martinez is the first Wolfpack player to be selected in the MLS SuperDraft since Tyler Lassiter in 2011. The Wolfpack has had a handful of former players drafted through the years, including Aaron King and John Queeley, both of whom were taken in 2006. Other recent selections include Korede Aiyegbusi in 2010, Haddon Kirk in 2007 and El Hadj Cisse in 2008.

Campbell: Travis Golden was selected by DC United, the 12th pick in the fourth round of the supplemental draft and 69th selection overall.

As a senior in 2013, Golden gained all-Big South recognition for the third straight year. The center back returned to the lineup after missing the preseason while recovering from a torn ACL. He played the full 90 minutes 11 times in 15 games (12 starts) during the year, including overtime matches vs. North Carolina and UNC Wilmington.

Golden is the fourth Campbell product chosen in the MLS draft during the past eight years. Mitchell Cardenas was chosen by Sporting KC in the second round of the 2013 supplemental draft, Richard Jata went in the fourth round in 2009 and Willy Guadarrama was tabbed by Kansas City in the fourth round during 2007.

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