Guillermo Delgado and Thomas de Villardi Selected in 2017 MLS SuperDraft
LOS ANGELES – History continues to be made this season for the Delaware men’s soccer team as the program had two players in the second round of the 2017 MLS SuperDraft Friday.
Seniors Guillermo Delgado (Tres Cantos, Spain/Jose Luis Sampedro) and Thomas de Villardi (Vincennes, France/Lycee Notre-dame Guingamp) were selected 27th (Chicago Fire) and 42nd (Minnesota United), respectively.
The pair join Evans Frimpong ’12 as the lone Blue Hens to ever be drafted in the MLS Draft. Frimpong was selected ninth overall in the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft by the Chicago Fire. He most recently was a member of the Oklahoma City Energy and Puerto Rico FC.
“Chicago is a beautiful city; they have a great coaching staff,” Delgado commented. “I’m excited and thrilled to give everything I can on the field. I had a tremendous four years at Delaware. Thank you to my coaches and my teammates. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to be here and pursue my dream of playing soccer for a living.”
One of 66 prospects to take part in the 2017 adidas MLS Player Combine this week, Delgado led Team Control to a 2-1-0 record and tallied one goal in 131 minutes played.
“I am thrilled for Guillermo,” remarked Delaware head coach Ian Hennessy. “It's a wonderful honor to be drafted in what has been a very exciting MLS SuperDraft today. It's the perfect end to a record-setting year and career that saw him end as the top active scorer in the NCAA. We couldn't be prouder of him. With this MLS achievement for a UD player, I want to acknowledge the work of my assistants Jon Scheer and Roberto Giménez who did so much work recruiting Guillermo and helping him mature as a player over a terrific college career at the University of Delaware.”
Delgado, the 2016 CAA Player of the Year, earned NSCAA All-America recognition for the fourth consecutive year, landing a spot on the Third Team this past season. He also received his fourth consecutive selection to the All-CAA First Team and fourth straight spot on the NSCAA All-Midwest Region First Team after posting 12 goals, eight assists and 32 points to lead the Blue Hens to the CAA Championship and berth in the NCAA Championship.
The nation's active career leader in points (117) and goals (49) finished his four-year career in a Blue Hens uniform as the school's all-time leader in five statistical categories: points, goals, assists (19), game-winning goals (17) and shots (282). In addition, Delgado made his mark in the CAA record book, finishing his career tied for fifth all-time in goal and sixth in points, becoming the first player since 2003 to record at least 40 goals and 100 points.
De Villardi, an All-Midwest Region third team selection last season, earned a spot on the second team this year. He wrapped his career in a Blue Hens uniform as a two-time All-CAA first team honoree after transferring to Delaware following his sophomore campaign. The midfielder registered eight points on two goals and three assists for the Blue Hens.
“Thomas is one of the most underrated players in this year’s draft,” Hennessy state. “He has been a pleasure to work with and I believe he has all the tools to push on at the next level and I and delighted that this is shared by the Minnesota organization.”
Delaware joins UCLA, Syracuse, UConn, Louisville, Denver, Akron, Wake Forest and UNC as the schools to receive multiple picks in the SuperDraft. Rounds three and four of the SuperDraft will be held at 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday, January 17 via a conference call.
Hennessy continued, “It has been a historic draft for the University of Delaware men’s soccer team and I hope it can inspire recruits to a university where you can not only receive a first class education but also serve as a path to a professional playing career in the MLS.”
This past season, Delgado and de Villardi led the Blue Hens to a mark of 12-8-1 while capturing the CAA Tournament title and advancing to the NCAA Tournament.