LOS ANGELES – After leading Harvard on the pitch in 2016, Harvard men's soccer's Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu was selected with the second pick of the third round in the Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft Tuesday by Atlanta United FC. Wheeler-Omiunu is the eighth student-athlete in program history to be selected in the draft, and the first since 2013.
Wheeler-Omiunu spent the last week at the MLS combine, where he played in the midfield for Team Control. He is the highest MLS SuperDraft selection since Andre Akpan '09, who was a second round pick of the Colorado Rapids.
A two-time first team All-Ivy League selection, Wheeler-Omiunu helped the Crimson to 10 wins in 2016, while playing in central midfield and at outside back. The two-time captain netted one goal and dished two assists on the season to finish his career with four scores and six helpers. Wheeler-Omiunu helped guide the Crimson to six shutouts during the 2016 season, including three in Ivy League play.
Wheeler-Omiunu is no stranger to the MLS system, having played in the Premier Development League (PDL) over the past few summers. The Bellingham, Massachusetts native spent the last summer with the Seattle Sounders under-23 squad. Atlanta United FC is an expansion franchise that will begin its first season in 2017.
Harvard men's soccer posted a 10-3-2 record in 2016, including four victories in the Ivy League.