Bowling Green State University men's soccer standout Ryan James
has been selected in the 2016 MLS SuperDraft. On Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 19), James was chosen by Sporting Kansas City in the Third Round.
James was the 11th pick of the third round, and the 52nd pick overall in this year's SuperDraft.
"We are all really happy for Ryan and his family," said BGSU head coach Eric Nichols
. "Sporting Kansas City is amongst the MLS elite. From their front office to their coaching staff, to their stadium and fan support, they are top notch."
James, a native of Mississauga, Ontario (Loyola Catholic Secondary), started all 19 matches this season, and played in all 79 of BG's matches in his four-year career, starting 69. He had 13 points on four goals and five assists in 2015. James tied for the team assists lead, and was fourth on the Falcons in both goals and points. He scored BG's first and last goals of the year, with the opening goal in the Falcons' season-opening win over SIUE and the match-winning goal at Appalachian State. James had a four-point match against Evansville, figuring in the scoring of all three BGSU goals, and had two assists vs. Cleveland State. James, who was named to the All-Mid-American Conference Second Team, played in 1719 of a possible 1756 minutes in 2015, and was a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award. James scored 33 career points on nine goals and 15 assists.
James becomes just the second BGSU player chosen in the MLS draft. BGSU Hall-of-Famer Steve Klein was chosen in the third round (22nd overall pick) of the 1997 MLS College Draft by the New England Revolution."This is just the beginning of Ryan's professional career and he has his work cut out, but he has all the physical tools and the character it takes to make it at the highest level," said Nichols. "One thing for certain is that he will make the Falcon soccer nation very proud."