All three eligible FC Tucson players are taking their careers to the next level after being selected at the 2015 Major League Soccer SuperDraft, in Philadelphia.
Defender Otis Earle (UC Riverside) became the first-ever FC Tucson player to be selected in the first round, when he was selected 15th overall by FC Dallas. Midfielder Connor Brandt (San Diego) followed as the No. 2 choice of the second round to New York City FC. Striker Christian Volesky (Southern Illinois Edwardsville) was also selected in the second round, No. 32 overall by the Portland Timbers.
"I want to wish the best of luck to Connor, Otis, and Christian on being selected in the MLS SuperDraft," said FC Tucson general manager Jon Pearlman. "They are all exceptionally talented players who have the potential to make an impact in the MLS in the coming years."
The three former college standouts were invited to the MLS Player Combine that took place Jan. 8-13 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Volesky was named MVP of the combine following a particularly impressive workout.
Brandt, Earle and Volesky join Aaron Long as past FC Tucson players chosen in the MLS SuperDraft. Long was picked 36th overall in the second round last year by Portland, but was signed by Seattle July 18, 2014.
"It is a great day that FC Tucson had three players drafted in the MLS SuperDraft," Schantz said. "It shows that we have been able to attract some of the nations finest soccer players to our wonderful community."
Earle made FC Tucson history becoming its first ever initial round selection. He played in just five games with the club in 2014, following it up with a successful senior campaign at UC Riverside and earning All-Big West honors.
"Otis only played with us for a couple of weeks, but we knew that he was a special talent," said FC Tucson head coach Rick Schantz. "His athletic talent and soccer skills will definitely help him as he attempts to make FC Dallas. Being a left-sided defender who can attack is a rare combination."
With the SuperDraft over, FC Tucson shifts its focus to the MLS preseason at its home, Kino Sports Complex. The club will match up with the Sounders, Real Salt Lake and Colorado Rapids in the 2015 Desert Diamond Cup, which will run from Feb. 18-28.