Toronto FC selected midfielder Luis Silva with the fourth overall pick and defender Aaron Maund with the 12th overall pick, Thursday in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft.
“We are very happy to have drafted two quality players in Luis and Aaron,” said Toronto FC Head Coach and Technical Director Aron Winter. “Luis is a very strong technical and tactical player. His movements with and without the ball convinced us he will fit in well at Toronto. Aaron fills a need for us in defence. He is a player we watched for a long time and during the combine. Both will be assets for our club and we leave the draft very satisfied. I want to compliment our staff for doing a terrific job during this process.”
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Luis Silva, 23, completed his fourth season at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). This past season Silva started in all 22 matches he played scoring 17 goals and adding ten assists. In 88 career games the midfielder scored 28 goals and had 23 assists. Silva was named to the NSCAA All-American First team, College Soccer News All-American First Team, Soccer America MVP’s First Team and the Big West Conference Midfielder of the Year. Silva finishes tied for sixth in goals at UCSB and fourth in points all-time. Silva is also reunited with former teammates Andy Iro and Eric Avila.
Aaron Maund, 21, completed his fourth season at the University of Notre Dame. Maund started in all 77 career matches for the Fighting Irish. This past season Maund was named to the All-Big East Conference First Team as well as the NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region First Team. Maund most recently represented the United States at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in 2009. Two years prior, Maund played for Trinidad & Tobago in the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.