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Lopez Selected 14th In MLS SuperDraft

Lopez Selected 14th In MLS SuperDraft

INDIANAPOLIS -- Sophomore midfielder Mikey Lopez became the 10th Tar Heel selected in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft since 2000 on Thursday when Sporting KC tabbed Lopez 14th overall.

Lopez appeared in 46 matches during his two-year career at North Carolina and garnered All-America honors during his sophomore campaign. The Mission, Texas, native was selected as the 2011 ACC Freshman of the Year for his play in addition to freshman All-America honors during UNC's national title run.

Lopez signed a Generation adidas contract with Major League Soccer at the conclusion of the 2012 season joining seven former Tar Heels to sign Generation adidas contracts.

The first round selection marks the fourth-straight year that North Carolina had a player drafted in the first round, the longest active streak of any school in NCAA. Lopez also becomes the sixth first round pick from UNC in the last four years, the second-most of any school.

Lopez becomes the latest member of Sporting KC with UNC ties as the club selected Michael Harrington with the third overall pick in the 2007 MLS SuperDraft and its top assistant coach, Kerry Zavagnin, starred for the Tar Heels from 1992-95.

Tar Heels In The Major League Soccer Draft

Year Round Pick Player Team
1996 15th 141st Todd Haskins Columbus
1996 1st 2nd Eddie Pope D.C. United
1997 1st 6th Temoc Suarez Dallas
1998 2nd 14th Carey Talley D.C. United
2000 3rd 30th Kerry Zavagnin Kansas City
2001 1st 1st Chris Carrieri San Jose
2001 2nd 20th Eddie Robinson San Jose
2001 5th 50th Caleb Norkus D.C. United
2002 2nd 16th Danny Jackson Colorado
2002 4th 47th Chris Leitch Columbus
2003 1st 5th David Stokes D.C. United
2003 3rd 24th Logan Pause Chicago
2003 4th 38th Matt Crawford Colorado
2005 2nd 13th Jamie Watson Real Salt Lake
2005 2nd 20th Marcus Storey Columbus
2005 4th 48th Tim Merritt D.C. United
2006 1st 6th Dax McCarty FC Dallas
2007 1st 3rd Michael Harrington Kansas City
2007 2nd 26th Corey Ashe Houston
2007 3rd 36th Justin Hughes Colorado
2007 4th 49th Ben Hunter Columbus
2008 4th 49th Scott Campbell Colorado
2009 2nd 27th Brian Shriver FC Dallas
2010 1st 5th Zach Loyd FC Dallas
2010 4th 55th Jordan Graye D.C. United
2011 1st 9th Jalil Anibaba Chicago
2011 1st 18th Eddie Ababio Colorado
2011 2nd 23rd Michael Farfan Philadelphia
2011 2nd 24th Stephen McCarthy New England
2012 1st 11th Matt Hedges FC Dallas
2012 1st 17th Enzo Martinez Real Salt Lake
2013 1st 14th Mikey Lopez Sporting KC
      32 total selections