Philadelphia, Pa. – A pair of UMBC seniors, defender Oumar Ballo (Baltimore, Md./Archbishop Curley) and forward Kay Banjo (Upper Marlboro, Md./Largo) were selected in the second round of the MLS SuperDraft held in Philadelphia.
Ballo was selected by the Houston Dynamo with the ninth pick in the round, the 30th selection overall and the top MLS draft selection for a UMBC student-athlete. Eight slots later, Banjo was taken off the board by the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Both players were the second picks of their respective new sides. Houston plucked a midfielder, Zach Steinberger of Butler, with the eighth overall section, while Vancouver went defense with their first pick, selecting St. John's back Tim Parker with the 13th overall pick.
UMBC's program also had two selections in the 2014 SuperDraft, as forward Pete Caringi III was tabbed in the third round by the Montreal Impact and Kadeem Dacres came off the board in the fourth round, courtesy of the Chicago Fire. Both Retrievers competed professionally in the USL Pro League last summer, as Caringi played with Oklahoma City Energy FC and Dacres signed with Arizona United SC.