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2 IU soccer players selected in MLS SuperDraft

Senior backer Ofori Sarkodie advances toward the Kentucky goal during the first half Tuesday, Sept. 29 at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
Senior backer Ofori Sarkodie advances toward the Kentucky goal during the first half Tuesday, Sept. 29 at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

Former IU soccer players Eric Alexander and Ofori Sarkodie were selected No. 44 and No. 52, respectively, in the 2010 Major League Soccer SuperDraft on Thursday in Philadelphia.

F.C. Dallas chose Alexander, while the Kansas City Wizards chose Sarkodie. The two IU alumni were among only 62 college seniors invited to the MLS Player Combine.

Alexander, a midfielder who started 80 games of 91 possible games in his career, started off his time at IU as a member of the Big Ten All-Freshman team. The team captain scored just one goal in his senior year with four assists and 34 shot attempts. He finished with 12 goals and 13 assists in his career.

Sarkodie, a defender for IU, made 70 starts. As a junior, Sarkodie netted his first career goal during the quarterfinal of the NCAA Tournament against St. John’s. That year he was named to the Big Ten Championship All-Tournament team. He helped lead the Hoosiers to 30 shutouts in the 83 matches he played.

– Stephanie Kuzydym

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