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MLS teams grab four Lobos in draft, tying total from ’06

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lobo soccer draftFour New Mexico Lobo men’s soccer players have been taken by Major League Soccer teams in the same draft for the second time in recent program history.

Midfielders Michael Kafari and Michael Calderon were taken Tuesday by the Vancouver Whitecaps. Goalkeeper Michael Lisch went to the Houston Dynamo. Last week, defender Kyle Venter was selected by the LA Galaxy, the 23rd player picked overall.

Kafari was grabbed with the 13th pick in the third round (51st overall). In its pre-draft analysis, MLSsoccer.com wrote Kafari “has MLS athleticism and can cover plenty of ground.”

Lisch went three picks later. He had a 0.84 goals against average last season, with 45 saves.

Calderon went as the seventh pick in the fourth round (64th overall). He had six goals and five assists for UNM last season.

“Thank God all seniors got drafted. Proud to be a lobo gracias to my family, teammates, and coaching staff,” Calderon tweeted Tuesday.

The Lobos reached the 2013 College Cup semifinals, losing to eventual champion Notre Dame.

The last time UNM advanced that far was in 2005 when it was runner-up to Maryland. The Lobos also had four players taken by the MLS after that season.

Midfielder Lance Watson was the 16th player taken in the 2006 draft, going to Kansas City. Midfielder Brandon Moss, defender Josh Brown and forward Jeff Rowland were also chosen.

TRYOUT: The Lobos will hold an open tryout at 11 a.m. Jan. 29 at Robertson Field. Contact director of operations Dom Romero at dom@unm.edu for more information.

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