Luke Spencer was selected with the 23rd pick in Thursday's MLS SuperDraft.
Jan. 17, 2013
CINCINNATI - Xavier men's soccer forward Luke Spencer was selected by the New England Revolution with the 23rd pick in the Second Round of 2013 Major League Soccer SuperDraft held Thursday in Indianapolis.
Spencer, a Cincinnati native who was not highly recruited out of Winton Woods High School, is the first Xavier soccer player to be taken in the draft.
Spencer had a career-year for the Musketeers who reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament and lost to eventual national champion Indiana. The Cincinnati native scored 14 goals to lead the Atlantic 10 and had eight assists. He finished his career with 29 goals and 21 assists with both totals ranking in the top five of Xavier's annals.
He was named to the Atlantic 10 First Team and NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic First Team this year. In addition Spencer also led the league in points per game and total points and was ranked in the top 25 nationally in those categories.
The 6-2 forward was the lone striker during the final three years of his career for the Musketeers that won two Atlantic 10 Championships and appeared in three-straight NCAA Tournaments.
Spencer's performance at the adidas MLS Player Combine contributed to his selection by the Revolution. In his first game Spencer created a goal on a deep turnover.
This year Spencer was named the TopDrawerSoccer.com Men's College Player of the Week and earned nods on two other national teams of the week.
The forward will report to New England for the beginning of training camp on Sunday. He will play and practice with the team and will compete for a spot on the regular season roster. The Revolution begins their regular season on March 9 against the Chicago Fire. New England faces the Columbus Crew in Columbus on July 20.