Four Creighton men’s soccer players were selected in the 2012 Major League Soccer SuperDraft held Thursday in Kansas City. Ethan Finlay and Andrew Duran were selected in the first round by Columbus and Seattle, while New England took Tyler Polak and Philadelphia picked Greg Jordan in the second round. Creighton remains the only college program in the nation to have at least one player drafted into MLS since the league’s inception.
Finlay finished as the runner up for the 2011 MAC Hermann Trophy, annually awarded to the top NCAA Division I men’s soccer player. He led Creighton and the MVC, ranking 12th in the NCAA with 34 points and 13th in the nation with 14 goals in 2011. The Marshfield, Wis., native finished his career ranked fifth in school history and seventh in league history with 43 career goals, while he finished sixth in CU and 10th in MVC history with 103 career points.
Duran, the 2011 MVC Defensive Player of the Year, was Creighton’s started left center back in all 24 matches last season. The Mokena, Ill., native helped guide the toughest defense in NCAA history, as the Bluejays posted 19 shutouts and set an NCAA record with a 0.20 goals against average. Duran was named a second-team NSCAA All-American for his play in 2011, as the Jays allowed only five goals all year and teams managed only 2.8 shots on goal per game against CU’s stout defense.
Jordan, a two-time first-team all-MVC midfielder, was named a second-team NSCAA All-American in 2011 and was twice named an all-region performer. Jordan proved his versatility throughout his career, serving as a shutdown defender in the middle, but also showing his offensive ability by finishing with three goals and three assists for the Bluejays in 2011. In his career Jordan started 60 of the 62 matches in which he played, including the final 44 matches
Polak, a first-team all-MVC defender, was honored on the NSCAA All-Region First-Team for his play at left outside back in 2011. Not only did the Bluejay defense set school, league and NCAA records and lead the NCAA in shutout percentage and goals against average, but they did so with flair, allowing only 2.8 shots on goal per game. Polak, who signed a Generation adidas contract and left Creighton following his sophomore year, joins Ross Paule (1997) as the only two Bluejays to leave early and get selected in the MLS SuperDraft.
Watch Polak, a Lincoln native being interviewed on the MLS website.