Two Creighton players were drafted in the first ten picks of the MLS SuperDraft, with the nation’s leading goal scorer forward Duncan McGuire, being drafted by Orlando City SC and midfielder Owen O’Malley getting picked up by St. Louis City SC.
Creighton was the only college programs to have more than one player selected within the top ten following their run to the College Cup.
Creighton finished the season as the leading goal scorers in the nation, with McGuire and O’Malley providing the Bluejays with a good portion of their offensive pressure that they’ll now look to fill going into next season.
“Those were all big pieces that left, not just the guys that got drafted, but also some of our other seniors that have graduated and moved on,” Creighton head coach Johnny Torres said. “It’s also a big opportunity to those guys that are moving in. It’s part of the process.”
Midfielder Charles Auguste, while not being drafted, was also signed on draft night by the Houston Dynamo.
After an up-and-down season which saw the Jays go from being a single UConn goal away from missing the postseason entirely to being national semifinalists in a matter of weeks, the draft marks another sign that the program has returned to its 2000’s to early 2010’s form.
“In regards to the program, it shows on a national stage where our program is,” Torres said. “I think it’s a good thing when you have these guys continuing on to the pro level. Since 1994 that puts us over 75 professional players. It means a lot to the program to be able to do that. As a team, I think it validates to us that we’re on the right track. It only makes you hungrier for the next season.”
Torres also said that several of the seniors who graduated in December were looking to try out for MLS teams in January as they geared up for preseason. He also noted the importance that Creighton’s program put on student-athlete’s education.
“Very proud that we had eight guys graduate in December, so a lot of these guys are going out to play while they have that degree in their back pocket,” he said.
After a successful spring, the Jays turn to the offseason and begin to prepare for their 2023 campaign, looking to build on their conference championship and College Cup run.