by David Falk
SEATTLE, Wash. - The Washington Huskies fell on Sunday 4:2 at Creighton in the second round of the 2012 NCAA tournament. Attention now shifts to the soccer futures of the Washington senior class.
Dylan Tucker-Ganges (UW profile) will certainly be getting some strong looks from Major League Soccer clubs ahead of January’s MLS SuperDraft. The 6-3, 190 pound defender / center back follows in the footsteps of another Husky alum who has made a career in MLS at that position, FC Dallas central defender George John.
Tucker-Gangnes, who is known by the initials “DTG,” was ranked 88th in the country among upper classmen by TopDrawerSoccer.com in an October list. His fine senior season should enhance his chances. The Bainbridge Island native is excellent in the air and helped define Washington as a tight defensive side in 2012. Perhaps the local side Seattle Sounders FC should consider putting DTG high up on their list of possible picks.
Ben Fisk (UW profile) is another Dawg whose senior season is likely to raise his profile. Fisk is ranked 14th among Pac-12 upper classmen by TopDrawerSoccer.com. He may well have a future as a defensive / holding midfielder at the next level.
DTG, Fisk and junior goalkeeper Spencer Richey were recently named to the Pac-12 First Team for 2012.
The human-interest factor is high for Abdul Aman (UW profile), a rare case of a drafted player returning to college. However, his productivity at forward (goals) has not impressed either in the PDL or at UW. Not sure if an MLS club will follow in the Sounders footsteps and draft him for a second straight year. Perhaps a Kitsap Pumas candidate?
Other Washington seniors fall more into the possible prospects category. Nate Sackeyfio (UW profile) is built like a target forward, so that will help his cause. Quinton Beasely (UW profile) is a hard-worker with PDL experience, though his role at the next level would seem more likely to be as a midfielder,perhaps with a PDL pro side. Patrick Pacheco (UW profile), a transfer from New Mexico, could be a ‘sleeper’ kind of pick at midfield. Washington head coach Jamie Clark gave Pacheco more playing time as the season progressed.
Chris Brundage (UW profile) hopes to go pro after coming back from a summer injury and missing much of the Huskies season. Chris was a two year starting centerback for UW after transferring from WWU his freshman year. He started the majority of both his sophomore and junior seasons. He was also a starting centerback for the Seattle Wolves PDL, Crossfire PDL and this last summer Sounders PDL before getting injured, which carried into his senior season.
Midfielder Alex Klein (UW bio) transferred in from Michigan and played summer soccer for Washington Crossfire of the PDL.
In a recent 2013 MLS Superdraft “mock draft” TopDrawerSoccer.com has Seattle Sounders FC picking a Tacoma guy, Santa Barbara’s tricky attacking midfielder Machael David.