Jan. 14, 2005
Baltimore, MD - Senior Tony Lochhead made it three years in-a-row for the UC Santa Barbara men's soccer team when he was drafted by the New England Revolution in today's Major League Soccer amateur draft. The Revs selected the Gauchos' All-American defender in the third round with the draft's 33rd overall pick .
The defending Eastern Conference Finalists worked a mid-draft trade with the Colorado Rapids to move up in the order and acquire Lochhead at the 33rd spot, giving up their fourth round pick (45th) and midfielder Leo Cullen.
Lochhead is now the fourth UCSB player to be drafted by an MLS squad in the past three years, joining former Gaucho All-American's Rob Friend (Chicago, '02) and Memo Arzate (Los Angeles, '03), and David McGill (Los Angeles, '04). However, like Friend did following his playing career in Santa Barbara, Lochhead is expected to sign a professional contract with a team in one of Europe's top leagues.
Lochhead leaves UCSB as one of the top defenders ever to wear a Gaucho uniform, culminating in this year's All-American honors, garnering first team accolades from College Soccer News and second team recognition from the NSCAA. The New Zealand National Team member also earned All-Tournament Team honors at this year's NCAA College Cup, and was named the Big West Conference's Defensive Player of the Year.
UCSB now waits to see if fellow seniors Dan Kennedy and Drew McAthy, both of whom were also named to the College Cup's All-Tournament Team, and Neil Jones will be selected in the MLS's upcoming yet to be named Reserve League Draft.