Jan. 15, 2007
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Former Northwestern standout Brad North (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands), who helped lead the Wildcats to the NCAA Elite Eight this season, was selected in the second round (24th overall) of the 2007 Major League Soccer Superdraft over the weekend.
North becomes the first Wildcat to be drafted in the MLS Superdraft -- which consists of the first four rounds -- and the second Wildcat to be drafted in as many seasons. Last year Brad Napper was selected by FC Dallas in the Supplemental Draft.
"Brad's story is a great one," head coach Tim Lenahan said. "He came to us as a camper at our Northwestern Boy's Soccer Camp from Texas in 2002. After his first couple weeks of college after arriving at NU in 2003, we thought he would never play. He used his tremendous athleticism and worked hard to become one of the top strikers in the Big Ten.
"During his career he scored 10 game-winners, 10 Big Ten goals (a school record) and four NCAA Tournament goals (also a school record with Gerardo Alvarez), ranking him among the most clutch players in Northwestern's history. He is the first player we have had drafted in the Superdraft (first four rounds), so another great milestone for the program."
North, a first-team All-Big Ten selection this season, led the Wildcats with nine goals and with two assists and finished second with 20 total points. His .41 goals-per-game average was good for first in the Big Ten while his 0.91 points per game average was good for third. He finished his career tied for second on NU's all-time list with 28 goals and third with 62 total points. North twice was named the Big Ten's Player of the Week this season and scored the game-winning goals against Michigan and in the win over No. 24 Northern Illinois in double overtime to end the regular-season.
He was named to the National Teams of the Week by College Soccer News, SoccerAmerica.com and TopDrawerSoccer.com after scoring two goals in the win over Ohio State--the first win over the Buckeyes in 13 years. North scored two goals in the NCAA Tournament, one in the opening round victory over Cincinnati and one in the loss at UC Santa Barbara, the eventual national champion, in the quarterfinals.
As a first-team all-conference choice this year, he joined Napper as the only two-time first-team honorees in Northwestern's history.