Jan. 24, 2008
Former University of New Mexico men's soccer player Mike Graczyk was selected in the second round with the 19th overall pick by the Colorado Rapids in today's Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft. Graczyk is the Lobos' all-time leader in shutouts (30) and goals-against-average (0.64), having started in goal for the last three seasons.
"This is a great opportunity for me and I am thankful to the Colorado Rapids organization for giving me a chance to pursue my dream of playing professional soccer," stated Graczyk. "Having played for so many great teams at New Mexico definitely helped me prepare for the next step in my career and I can't wait to get started."
Graczyk started and played nearly every minute in goal each of the last three years at UNM. UNM was ranked in the top-30 for every game that Graczyk played, including the 2005 run to the NCAA Championship game. The Lobos also won three of four consecutive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation titles while Graczyk was between the pipes. He was named to the 2005 College Cup All-Tournament team after posting a pair of shutouts in the postseason. Graczyk was also a three-time All-MPSF keeper and a three time Academic All-MPSF honoree.
"I was very disappointed that Mike was not selected in the MLS SuperDraft because I know he is one of the best keepers in the nation," stated UNM head coach Jeremy Fishbein. "I know that he will take full advantage of this opportunity. He will make any organization better because he is one of the best people I have ever had the privilege to coach."
Graczyk is the third Lobo in school history to be selected in the MLS Supplemental Draft. Jeff Rowland was taken by Real Salt Lake with the second overall pick in 2006 while Edmundo Rodriguez was selected by the NY/NJ Metrostars with the second pick in 1996. Five Lobos have been chosen in the MLS SuperDraft since 1996, including Andrew Boyens (10th pick by Toronto FC in 2007), Lance Watson (16th pick by Kansas City Wizards in 2006), Brandon Moss (27th pick in Columbus in 2006), Josh Brown (45th pick by Colorado Rapids in 2006), Richard Farrer (113th pick by Dallas Burn in 1996).
New Mexico posted a 12-5-2 record in 2007, winning their fourth-straight MPSF title and making their sixth appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the last seven years. New Mexico has won over 80% of its games since the start of the 2004 season with a record of 61-11-11. The Lobos own the highest winning percentage in the NCAA during that period.