Philadelphia, Pa. – Senior defender Wyatt Omsberg was selected 15th overall in the first round of the 2018 Major League Soccer SuperDraft by Minnesota United FC.
Omsberg recently completed his senior season playing for the Dartmouth men’s soccer team, helping lead the team to the 15 seed in the NCAA Tournament, hosting a second-round match against New Hampshire. The Scarborough, Maine native served as a co-captain in his final season and led the 2017 defense in allowing only 12 goals, nine shutouts and a team goals-against average of 0.73.
A two-time Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year and three-time First Team All-Ivy honoree, he also was named to the United Soccer Coaches All-America Second Team in 2017 and Third Team in 2017, and those are just a few of the accolades he accrued while playing for the Big Green.
“I am thrilled for Wyatt,” said former Dartmouth head coach Chad Riley. “Minnesota has made a wise pick and Wyatt has a great future ahead of him. I can’t wait to see him on the field soon!”
With a total of 10 goals and three assists through his career, the defender was also a performer on the other side of the ball, totaling 23 points and six game-winning goals. His goal scoring and defensive efforts led Dartmouth to four-straight Ivy League titles.
Omsberg becomes the fifth player in program history to be drafted by the MLS after Stefan Cleveland was drafted by the Chicago Fire in 2017. Lucky Mkosana was selected by the Fire as well as the No. 23 overall pick in 2012, and former Big Green players Daniel Keat and Bobby Meyer also played in the MLS.
The defender is also the first Ivy League player ever to be drafted in the first round of the SuperDraft since the format changed in 1999, the highest previous pick was midfielder Will Kohler who played at Harvard and was drafted 15th overall in 1997, in the second round.