PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Hosted by Major League Soccer at the Philadelphia Convention Center, there's only one way a player can be selected in the 2014 SuperDraft - Your name has to be on the list. Men's soccer midfielder Simon Hinde (Canberra, Australia) stood out as one of those players, and represents Quinnipiac University on the list of 267 names.
The MLS SuperDraft is an annual event, taking place in January of each year, in which the teams of Major League Soccer select players who have graduated from college or otherwise been signed by the league. The SuperDraft was first instituted in 2000. The draft is divided into four rounds in which each club has a selection, the order of which is determined by a combination of the teams' playoff and regular season positions, with the last placed team (or expansion teams) getting the first pick.
Hinde, Quinnipiac's offensive catalyst throughout the 2013 season, was named to this list after a stellar senior season. Hinde finished with 10 goals and one assist for a total of 21 points in his final year of collegiate eligibility. Included in the 10 goals were five game-winners, one of which came in the team's final regular season game to clinch a share of the 2013 MAAC Regular Season Title.
His 10 goals this past season left him just outside of 10th place all-time for most goals in a season at Quinnipiac, and had him ranked amongst the national and MAAC leaders as well. His five game-winning goals topped the conference as well.
MLS clubs are required to submit names of players they may be interested in selecting in the four rounds of the SuperDraft (Round 3 and Round 4 take place on Tuesday). Those names are then lumped together with the Generation adidas signings (there are seven underclassmen signed to deals this year) and the four international players eligible for the SuperDraft.
Hinde helped Quinnipiac to one of its most memorable seasons in program history this past year. Quinnipiac earned its first NCAA Tournament appearance after advancing by way of penalty kicks in the MAAC Championship game. The Bobcats knocked off top-seeded Monmouth, 4-3, and earned a first round clash with nationally-ranked No. 10 UConn.
Quinnipiac, who finished with a 9-5-7 overall record, led the league in shutouts (11), goals against average (0.70) and goals allowed (16) this past season. Six Bobcats, including Hinde, were named All-Conference at season's end. He was also tabbed to the NSCAA All-Region Team as well.
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