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Brandon Hackenberg Drafted No. 22 Overall In MLS SuperDraft By Orlando City SC

Penn State men’s soccer defender Brandon Hackenberg made the move to the professional ranks Thursday when he was drafted by Orlando City SC No. 22 overall in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft.

Hackenberg was a staple of the Nittany Lions’ backline in the past two seasons, earning All-Big Ten honors in 2019. In total, the defender racked up 45 collegiate appearances throughout four years, although he only played one match before redshirting his freshman year. He was an integral part of the 2019 squad that made a return to the NCAA Tournament.

Although the pros are calling his name, Hackenberg still plans on playing for Penn State this spring, according to the team.

Eventually, the redshirt senior will join a team that enjoyed a mediocre rise in the 2020 season. After five seasons near the basement of the league, Orlando qualified for the playoffs for the first time in its short history.

Hackenberg will enter a competitive group of defenders in Florida and most likely join Orlando City B for a season.

Hackenberg is the second Penn State player in two years to get selected in the first round after Aaron Molloy was selected No. 16 overall of the 2020 draft. Molloy and Hackenberg represent an increasing level of talent at Penn State under Jeff Cook, as no Nittany Lion had been selected since 2017.

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Otis Lyons

Otis is a sophomore majoring in print journalism and is one of Onward State's associate editors. He lives just north of San Francisco, and is a diehard San Jose Earthquakes fan. Feel free to send over your soccer hot takes to his twitter @otisnlyons1 and instagram @otislyons

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