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IU men’s soccer defender selected No. 2 overall in MLS SuperDraft


The IU men's soccer team celebrates sophomore Jack Maher’s game-winning double overtime goal against University of California, Los Angeles, on Sep. 2 at Bill Armstrong Stadium. Maher’s golden goal was his first goal of the season.

Former IU men’s soccer defender Jack Maher was taken with the No. 2 overall pick by Nashville SC Thursday in the 2020 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.

Maher leaves the Hoosiers after two seasons. He was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2018, Big Ten Defender of the Year in 2019 and a second team All-American. 

For his career, Maher started all 46 matches he appeared in, tallied three goals and four assists, and helped IU win the Big Ten regular season and tournament titles in 2018 and 2019.

“I want to first thank the coaches for allowing me to come to the best college soccer program in the country,” Maher said in a press release. “Without their belief, none of this would be possible.”

Maher’s draft selection marks the third-straight year an IU player has signed a Generation Adidas contract and been selected in the top 10 of the MLS SuperDraft. Former IU players Griffin Dorsey and Mason Toye were selected in the previous two seasons by Toronto FC and Minnesota United FC.

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