Toronto Selects Nick Hagglund

Defender Nick Hagglund was selected 10th overall in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft

 

HOW ACQUIRED: Selected with the No. 10 pick in the 2014 SuperDraft

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COACHES' BREAKDOWN: Nick Hagglund is what you get when you combine extreme athleticism good defensive technique. Described as "a monster" to deal with, the Ohio native is a solid, physical player who wins every ball that comes near him. Far from being a thug, however, Hagglund has the skill to actually take over possession, and has good enough feet that he can make the outlet pass either short or long. With his pace, Hagglund is very difficult to beat in the open field, and he is a force to be reckoned with in the air. Hagglund's athletic ability has meant, however, that he can rely on it too much to fix defensive breakdowns, and he'll need to learn to read the game better and influence attackers' behavior on their approach. But the most important thing for Hagglund to do is maybe develop an ego, which he's somehow managed to avoid despite his athletic gifts. "He needs to realize he belongs in MLS," one coach says. "I don't think he realizes how good he is."

COLLEGE: 2013: Started all 19 of the Musketeers' games, recording three assists... Anchored a defense that allowed 19 goals and recorded six shutouts... Named Big East Defensive Player of the Year in Xavier's first year in their new conference... Named First Team All-Big East... 2012: Started all 22 of the Musketeers' games, recording two goals and four assists... Helped the defense earn seven shutouts, allowing 23 goals... Named A-10 Defensive 2011: Earned a spot on the NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic First Team with his outstanding play in the backfield ... earned a spot on the Atlantic 10 All-Conference First Team ... played in 19 games and started 18 times and totaled 1,776 minutes on the pitch during his sophomore season ... converted his penalty kick attempt in the shootout victory over George Washington to give the Musketeers their second straight Atlantic 10 Championship ... 2010: Played several positions during his freshman campaign and was dominant in the air ... named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team and Atlantic 10 All-Tournament Team ... one of four players to start and play in all of XU's 21 games ... tallied 1,709 minutes, third most on the team ...

High School
Played for two years as a midfielder/forward for Cincinnati United Premier U18 club team ... club team was ranked 23rd in the nation in the fall of 2009 after being crowned champions of the Disney Showcase ... first team All-City and second team All-State his senior year at Lakota West ... named team MVP and offensive player of the year his senior year.

Personal
Parents are Stu and Sue Hagglund ... sister Jenna attended the University of Washington and was an All-America volleyball player ... management major.