Midfielder Brian James Selected 80th Overall By Toronto FC In MLS SuperDraft
Another Penn State men’s soccer player is heading to the MLS. Midfielder Brian James was selected by Toronto FC with the 80th overall pick in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft, and was the only member of Penn State’s 2015 team to be drafted.
The senior midfielder from Sunrise, Florida had a stellar season for Bob Warming’s Nittany Lions. James started all 18 games of his senior campaign, and posted nine points this season off three goals and three assists.
James showed up in the clutch on numerous occasions this season, including his two game-winning goals. The first was scored against Rutgers with the second being a golden goal against Michigan State in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.
James transferred to Penn State from Virginia after his sophomore season, and went on to start 36 out of 38 games in his final two years at Penn State. James also tallied four goals and nine assists, and played 2,952 minutes with the Nittany Lions.
Brian James is the eighth Penn State player in program history to be drafted in the MLS SuperDraft, and the second player in as many years after Andrew Wolverton was selected by the LA Galaxy last year.
The Penn State midfielder joins a Toronto FC squad stocked with some of the best players in the country at the position. James will get the chance to play with MLS star and United States national team midfielder Michael Bradley as James tries to move his way up the ranks.