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Ntsabeleng, Djeffal selected in 2022 MLS SuperDraft

NEW YORK, NY – Oregon State men’s football forward Tsiki Ntsabeleng and midfielder Sofiane djeffal were selected in the MLS SuperDraft on Tuesday. Ntsabeleng was the 28th pick in the first round by FC Dallas, while Djeffal was picked by DC United as the 36th pick in the second round.

“To see young men you love deeply realize a childhood dream is incredibly special. Sofiane and Tsiki are exceptional young men,” said the Oregon State head coach. Terry boss. “Their quality is clear, but it was really inspiring to see these young men working and they are going to win this opportunity themselves. They meant so much to our program and certainly left their jerseys in a much better place. bright future. and we are grateful to have been a part of their journey. “

The pair join 12 former Beavers who were drafted since the first SuperDraft in 2000, including former teammates Joe hafferty (2021 project), Hassani dotson and Don Tchilao (2019 version).

Ntsabeleng has started 25 of the 31 games he has appeared in Orange and Black since joining the squad in 2020. He was named All-Pac-12 First Team and also won the honors of the United Soccer Coaches All-Far West region. The Johannesburg, South African native has scored five goals this fall, including two against the Air Force on August 30 and back-to-back goals on November 7 and 11. He also recorded eight assists, totaling 18 points. Within the conference, Ntsabeleng finished the season second in shooting category (49), tied for third in assists category (8) and tied for fourth in points category (18). Ntsabeling is the second beaver to be drafted by FC Dallas, after Will Seymore, who was the 56th overall pick in 2015.

Djeffal has had a decorated career at Oregon State, starting 65 of the 66 games he appeared in from 2018 to 2021. This season, Djeffal was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year, earning his fourth All-Team First Team honor. Pac-12. He also won All-Far West Region and All-American honors from the United Soccer Coaches and was named a semi-finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy. On the field this fall, Djeffal has scored six goals, including the winners against Denver (August 27), UCLA (September 30) and California (October 7). The Nantes, France native also had six assists, totaling 18 points. In the conference standings, Djeffal finished the season tied for fourth in goals, points and match winners categories.

This fall, the state of Oregon had a historic campaign, going 14-2-4 (7-1-2 Pac-12) and the program’s first Pac-12 title. The Beavers have recorded eight shutouts during the regular season, including three consecutive from Oct. 28 to Nov. 4. OSU edged out No.23 at UCLA on September 30, scoring three goals in the span of three minutes, and knocked down No.1. 1 Washington, 3-2, on Oct. 22 on their trip to the program’s sixth NCAA tournament (third under Boss). Winning the No. 1 seed, Oregon State notched two more shutouts in the second and third rounds to advance to their first appearance in the Elite Eight.

Former Beaver MLS SuperDraft Selections
Joe hafferty, Inter Miami, 37th overall pick, 2021
Hassani dotson, Minnesota United, 31st overall, 2019
Don Tchilao, LA Galaxy, 36th overall pick, 2019
Jordan jones, Los Angeles FC, 47th overall pick, 2018
Timmy mueller, Portland Timbers, 63rd overall pick, 2018
Khiry shelton, New York City FC, 2nd overall pick, 2015
Will seymore, FC Dallas, 56th overall pick, 2015
Emery Welsh, Toronto FC, 16th overall, 2013
Danny manga, Philadelphia Union, 1st overall pick, 2010
Robbie findley, LA Galaxy, 16th overall pick, 2007
Ryan johnson, Real Salt Lake, 26th overall pick, 2006
Alain gordon, LA Galaxy, 53rd overall pick, 2004