ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of New Mexico men’s soccer program had three additional selections in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft on Tuesday afternoon. Seniors Michael Kafari (51st pick), Michael Lisch (54th pick) and Michael Calderon (64th pick) were all selected in the third round of the draft. Kafari and Calderon were both selected by the Vancouver Whitecaps while Lisch was selected by the Houston Dynamo. Between the two days of the draft, the entire New Mexico senior class was selected in this year’s MLS Draft.
The trio joins fellow senior Kyle Venter (23rd pick) in giving New Mexico four MLS draft selections after Venter was selected in the second round on Thursday by the LA Galaxy. New Mexico was one of only four programs in the nation to have four selections in the 2014 MLS Draft joining California, Akron and Wake Forest with that distinction. The quartet of draft picks ties a program record for the most MLS selections in a year. New Mexico also had four MLS picks in the 2006 MLS Draft following the team’s run to the 2005 national championship match.
Kafari was a four-year member of the program in the midfield. He and Venter tallied 58 wins in their careers and helped Lobo Soccer become one of only three programs in the nation to advance to the last three Sweet 16’s of the NCAA Tournament. The 2013 Lobos advanced to their second NCAA College Cup in program history. Kafari recorded 6,519 minutes played in his 82 career appearances for Head Coach Jeremy Fishbein and the Lobos.
Midfielder Michael Calderon joined UNM for his junior and senior seasons after transferring from Fairleigh Dickinson. The Costa Rican made the most of his two years in Albuquerque scoring 13 goals and recording 14 assists. He was College Soccer News All-American and a First Team All-Conference USA honoree in 2013. Calderon also earned a pair of NSCAA All-Region selections during his career.
Goalkeeper Michael Lisch joined New Mexico for the 2013 season. He posted a record of 14-6-2 with eleven shutouts in his lone season with UNM. His eleven clean sheets were tied for the third most in a season in program history. The Austin, Texas native will join an in-state club when he reports to the Houston Dynamo.
The 2014 New Mexico Lobos begun winter workouts this week in preparation for their spring exhibitions.