Former Beaver Welshman selected 16th overall in MLS SuperDraft

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Former Oregon State forward Emery Welshman became the fifth Beaver selected in MLS SuperDraft history when we was selected by Toronto with the 16th overall selection in the first round.

Toronto drafted Welshman with their second selection in the first round. With the third overall pick, the club drafted Welshman's former club teammate Kyle Bekker from Boston College. The two were reunited on the same team again this past weekend at the MLS Combine.

During the Combine, Welshman brought up the possibility of playing with Bekker at the professional level.

"I don't know where I fall in the draft but it would be nice if me and Kyle end up at the same place," Welshman told the website Soccer By Ives. "An attacking midfielder and a wide midfielder/striker together, it just sounds like trouble for other teams."

Welshman's stock rose at the Combine after he scored a goal and added an assist in his team's second game, leading to comments that he was one of the best players on the field. Simon Borg of called Welshman "dynamic" and "one of the stars at the Combine."

Welshman, a two-time First Team All-Pac-12 selection, became the first Beaver to make the conference's First Team in back-to-back years since Robbie Findley made it three straight years from 2004-2006. Welshman was the first Pac-12 player selected in the 2013 SuperDraft.

Findley was also selected 16th overall by Los Angeles in 2007. Along with Findley and 2010 first overall selection Danny Mwanga, the other two OSU players selected are Ryan Johnson in 2006 (26th overall, Real Salt Lake) and Alan Gordon (53rd overall, Los Angeles).