ETSU’s all-time leading goal scorer becomes first Buccaneer drafted to MLS
NEW YORK (Jan. 17, 2012) – ETSU men’s soccer senior forward Aaron Schoenfeld (Knoxville, Tenn.) made Buccaneer history on Tuesday afternoon, becoming the first ETSU student-athlete to be drafted by the MLS (Major League Soccer) after the League’s Montreal Impact chose Schoenfeld with the first pick in the second round of the Supplemental Draft.
“This is one of the best feelings I’ve ever had; it’s a dream,” Schoenfeld said. “This is the first step in chasing the dream to becoming a professional player. It was just an incredible feeling when my name came across.
“I want to thank all the coaches here at ETSU and all of my teammates, friends and family for pushing me and making me better every day.”
Schoenfeld will leave Wednesday to meet up with his teammates in Dallas, Texas before flying to Guadalajara, Mexico for training from Jan. 18-29.
The draft selection comes off a season in which the senior captain scored seven goals and recorded a team-leading five assists to accumulate 19 total points. The Knoxville native was named a NSCAA First Team All-South Region selection while leading ETSU to its second-consecutive 10-win season in just the program’s fourth year of existence. He leaves the Bucs having also been an integral part of the program’s record 2010 season in which ETSU won its first-ever Atlantic Sun Tournament Championship and put together a program-best 15-6-0 record.
“I’m very excited for Aaron,” said ETSU head coach Scott Calabrese. “He came to ETSU as part of our first recruiting class and worked extremely hard to improve as a player over his four years here. [Schoenfeld’s] positive attitude towards training and his relentless work ethic enabled him to continuously improve to the point where his playing skills are more than capable of being able to play professionally.”
Schoenfeld’s 20 goals, seven game-winners, 10 assists, 50 points and 68 starts will place him at the top of ETSU’s career record books in each category. Schoenfeld also ranks second in games and minutes played, having been a part of 72 matches and earning 5,357 minutes of game action.
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