January 18, 2017

Another pair of men’s soccer players selected in MLS SuperDraft

By Jordan Shim–

After two Cardinals were selected on the first day of the 2017 Major League Soccer SuperDraft, two more were selected on the final day.

New York City FC picked defender Michael DeGraffenreidt in the third round with the 60th pick. Midfielder Romilio Hernandez heads west as the Portland Timbers used the 80th pick.

DeGraffenreidt totaled 77 appearances with 76 starts. In 2013, he earned All-American Athletic Conference Second Team and All-Rookie Team honors. He started 18 matches as a senior and anchored a top 15 defense, conceding .71 goals-per-game and finishing with 10 shutouts.

Hernandez started 69 games and appeared in 77 during his four years, providing a reliable shield for the Cardinals.

Louisville’s four draft picks in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft matches the school’s 2012 record. Syracuse and USF are the only other schools to have four players selected in the same draft.

Since 2012, Louisville has sent 18 players to the MLS under head coach Ken Lolla.

File photo / The Louisville Cardinal

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