Cal Poly's Pridham goes in MLS draft’s fourth round

sports@thetribunenews.comJanuary 21, 2014 

Cal Poly's Mackenzie Pridham was the first pick of the fourth and final round of the MLS SuperDraft on Tuesday when he was selected by the Vancouver Whitecaps.

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Perhaps a few days later than initially expected, Cal Poly men’s soccer standout Mackenzie Pridham heard his name called at the Major League Soccer SuperDraft on Tuesday, when the Vancouver Whitecaps selected him with the first pick of the fourth and final round.

Pridham, a senior midfielder, is the Mustangs’ career leader in goals (27) and was a two-time Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Those accolades — along with an invite to the MLS Combine — had the Toronto native hoping to be picked in one of the first two rounds, which were held Thursday in Philadelphia.

Simon Borg of MLSsoccer.com projected Pridham would be drafted in the second round, 32nd overall to Houston. Two other MLS pundits — Matthew Doyle and Nate Sulat — did not have Pridham in the top 38 picks of their mock drafts.

Fellow Cal Poly midfielder George Malki was drafted 37th overall by the Montreal Impact on Thursday. Pridham was taken with the 58th selection Tuesday, marking the first time in program history more than one Mustang was picked in a single MLS draft.

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