Davidson College soccer midfielder Alex Caskey was drafted by the Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer during the league’s draft in Baltimore on Thursday.
The Sounders picked Caskey 47th overall, in the third round. Caskey was the fourth Wildcat ever picked in an MLS draft, and went highest.
“I speak for Alex’s teammates and I represent our other coaches plus our alumni in expressing our deep pride and excitement that Alex has been drafted,” Davidson head coach Matt Spear said in a press release. “He is a wonderfully talented player, he has pushed himself year-round, he loves the game, and he has honed his craft. His participation in and very strong level of play in the recent Combine earlier this week in Florida was the tipping point.”
Caskey is from Dunwoody, Ga. He competed this week in the MLS Player Combine, scoring a goal in final match.
He led the team with 7 goals and 4 assists last fall, and was the Wildcats captain for the past two years. He was a three-time All-Southern Conference first team selection and a two-time NSCAA All-South Region second team selection.
He finished his Davidson career with 19 goals and 15 assists for 53 points and did not miss a single match, starting all 76.
Caskey’s top single-game performance came in 2009 when he led the Cats past No. 25 South Carolina with two goals and an assist in a 4-1 win.
Founded in 2007, Seattle Sounders FC is Major League Soccer’s 15th team. The club has sold more season tickets than any other in the league’s 13-year existence. Seattle earned a wild card berth in the 2010 MLS Cup Playoffs after finishing fourth in the Western Conference with a 14-10-6 record.
OTHER WILDCAT DRAFT PICKS
Rob Ukrop was selected in the 1996 Inaugural Player Draft, while Erik Ozimek and Dane Erickson were taken with the 49th and 64th picks, respectively, in the 2002 SuperDraft. [Ukrop will be inducted later this month into the Virginia-DC Soccer Hall of Fame for his contributions to building soccer in Virginia and DC.]