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Mkosana Headed to Chicago Fire with No. 23 Pick in MLS SuperDraft

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Lucky Mkosana     By Doug Austin

KANSAS CITY, Mo.- Dartmouth men's soccer forward Lucky Mkosana (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe) became the Big Green's third MLS draftee when the Chicago Fire selected him with the No. 23 overall pick of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft on Thursday (Jan. 12).

Mkosana joins Daniel Keat (2007-10) and Bobby Meyer (1996-99) as Dartmouth's only players to be drafted by an MLS team. Keat was selected in the supplemental draft last season while Meyer was a third round selection (No. 32 overall) in 1999. Mkosana becomes the first Big Green player to be selected in what is now known as the SuperDraft.

"No words, can explain how happy I am," said Mkosana. "I feel blessed for this wonderful opportunity and want to thank my teammates, coaches, friends, family and the Dartmouth community for their support. I'll miss each and everyone of you."

The 2011 Ivy League Player of the Year, Mkosana capped one of the finest men's soccer careers in program history. A four-time NSCAA all-region selection, the senior co-captain firmly cemented his name in the Dartmouth record books by becoming Dartmouth's all-time leading scorer and points leader. On Senior Day, Mkosana tallied his 34th career goal, breaking a record that stood since the 1950s.  Mkosana also became Dartmouth's all-time points leader with 78 career points, breaking a record that stood since the 1980s. He led the Dartmouth offense with 21 points on 10 goals and one assist and spent time in the national rankings. Mkosana concluded the season ranked No. 22 in goals per game (0.63), No. 32 in total goals (10) and No. 40 in points per game (1.30). The Zimbabwe native, was named Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Dartmouth Classic and was Ivy League Player of the Week (Sept. 12).

Mkosana is Dartmouth's second consecutive player to be drafted following Daniel Keat who was picked up by the Galaxy in last season's supplemental draft. Mkosana becomes the sixth Ivy League player selected in the last four MLS SuperDrafts.

The 2012 MLS SuperDraft included two rounds and 38 overall selections. The 2012 Supplemental Draft will take place on Jan. 17 via a conference call. 

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