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Area Roundup: Cal Poly's Burgos selected in third round of MLS Draft

Cal Poly men’s soccer standout Junior Burgos was drafted Thursday by Toronto FC in the third round of the Major League Soccer SuperDraft held at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Burgos, a 5-foot-11, 167-pound senior midfielder from San Bruno, who played his first two collegiate seasons at San Jose State before transferring to Cal Poly, was chosen with the 44th overall pick.

Burgos, who became the first Mustang in program history to be selected in the draft, scored seven goals in 28 games for Cal Poly, and earned all-Big West Conference second-team honors this past season.

He was one of 54 college seniors to attend the Adidas MLS Combine in early January. Burgos is also a member of the El Salvador men’s national team player pool.

Brown Trafton to hold throwing clinic in Arroyo Grande

Cal Poly and Arroyo Grande High graduate Stephanie Brown Trafton, who won the gold medal in the women’s discus at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, will return to the Central Coast later this month at a throwing clinic.

The Big Ditch Pitch clinic will be held at Arroyo Grande High from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 29. A $50 fee will go to benefit the Arroyo Grande track and field program.

Brown Trafton will partake in a full day of hands-on instruction on the fundamentals of the shot put and discus, as well as meet preparation, and will share stories of her road to claiming the gold medal two years ago.

Those in attendance will also receive free T-shirts, an autograph and lunch. Athletes must be registered by Jan. 24 to attend.

For more information and to register, contact Stephen Field at 801-2902 or

Cal Poly players headed to all-star game

Former Cal Poly wide receiver Dominique Johnson has accepted an invitation to play in the Dixie Gridiron Classic college football all-star game in St. George, Utah.

Johnson, who is training in Phoenix to prepare for the upcoming NFL Draft and rookie free-agent signing period, said fellow Mustangs Marty Mohamed, a linebacker, and Will Mitchell, an offensive guard, also received an invitation to the game, which is scheduled for Feb. 5.

Pro scouts are expected to attend the week of practice leading up to a game that Johnson said will predominantly feature players from the western region of both the Football Bowl and Championship subdivisions. Full rosters are scheduled to be announced Jan. 24, according to the game’s official website.