MLS SuperDraft: Wright State’s AJ Paterson selected in second round

Jan 19, 2018
Contributing Writer
AJ Paterson (16) looks to turn the ball up the pitch as UIC’s Max Todd moves in to apply pressure during first half action of the Horizon League men’s soccer championship game Saturday night at Alumni Field. John Cummings/Contributed photo

Wright State senior AJ Paterson became the school’s third soccer player in two years to be selected in the MLS SuperDraft when the New York City Football Club picked the midfielder in the second round.

A Key Largo, Fla., native, Paterson was the 2017 Horizon League Player of the Year as well as a first-team Great Lakes Region and first-team All-Ohio selection.

He was one of 60 players from across the country who participated in the MLS Adidas Player Draft Combine in Orlando last week, and NYFC selected him with the 19th pick of the second round (42nd overall).

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“AJ Paterson deserves all that is coming his way,” WSU head coach Bryan Davis said. “My father once told me ‘every great thing that’s been earned requires risk.’ AJ took a risk committing to an exciting yet growing program, leaving Florida for Ohio. He let us coach him the whole way, and here he is today, a second-round pick in the SuperDraft.

“It couldn’t of happened to a better man, and I am excited to see him progress in his future,” Davis added.

Paterson appeared in 76 games with 47 starts during his WSU career.

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He follows former Raiders teammates Jake Stovall and Peguy Ngatcha as MLS SuperDraft selections. The Seattle Sounders took Stovall in the third round of the 2017 draft, while theh Colorado Rapids drafted Ngatcha in the fourth round last year.

The only other WSU player to be drafted by an MLS team was Winston Marshall, a third-round pick of the FC Dallas Burn in 2005.