Former area high school soccer stars Connor Hallisey of Granite Bay and Miguel Aguilar of Encina were taken in the first round of Thursday’s 2015 Major League Soccer SuperDraft in Philadelphia.
Hallisey, a midfielder who had a breakthrough senior season at Cal last fall and played well in last weekend’s MLS Combine, was selected 10th by Sporting Kansas City.
Aguilar, a striker-winger from USF, was taken 17th by D.C. United.
It marked the first time in the 20 years of the annual college draft that two area players were selected in the first round.
After his selection was announced, Hallisey snapped a selfie with MLS commissioner Don Garber, then thanked Sporting KC for drafting him and “believing in me.” He signed an MLS contract before the draft.
Hallisey scored nine goals and had 12 assists last season in earning All-Pac-12 honors.
Aguilar, a native of Mexico, played four seasons at USF and had 15 goals and nine assists.
The San Jose Earthquakes, which has an affiliation agreement with USL Pro champion Republic FC, selected Michigan State midfielder Fatai Alashe with the No. 4 pick.
Former Rocklin midfielder Seth Casiple (Cal) and Jesuit forward Cameron Iwasa (UC Irvine) and UC Davis defender Ramon Martin Del Campo, all MLS combine participants, went undrafted in the first two rounds.
Rounds three and four will be held on Tuesday.
Call The Bee’s Bill Paterson, (916) 326-5506.