The Cal Poly men’s soccer team had a program-record three players selected during the four-round MLS SuperDraft that concluded Tuesday afternoon.
After standout midfielder Chase Minter was drafted by the Columbus Crew with the 21st overall pick last week, former teammates Kip Colvey and Wade Hamilton were each selected in the third round via conference call.
Colvey, a 5-foot-10 defender from New Zealand, was chosen 49th overall by the San Jose Earthquakes. A 21-game starter as a senior, Colvey scored three goals and recorded two assists to finish tied for third on the team with eight points.
The 2015 MLS Cup champion Portland Timbers made Hamilton the 61st overall selection with the final pick of the third round. The two-time Big West Goalkeeper of the Year started 61 consecutive games to end his career and made 241 saves with 15 shutouts to his credit.
With Minter, Colvey and Hamilton being drafted this year, the Mustangs have now sent seven players to the MLS since 2011. They followed in the footsteps of former Cal Poly standouts Junior Burgos (No. 44 Toronto FC) in 2011, Wes Feighner (No. 72, Seattle Sounders FC) in 2012, and George Malki (No. 37, Montreal Impact) and Mackenzie Pridham (No. 58, Vancouver Whitecaps FC) in 2014.
The 2016 MLS season begins March 6. San Jose hosts Colorado at Avaya Stadium at noon, and Portland will host Columbus in a rematch of the MLS Cup at Providence Park at 1:30 p.m. on ESPN.