West Virginia University men's soccer defender Eric Schoenle was drafted in the first round (12th overall) of the 2013 Major League Soccer (MLS) Supplemental Draft Tuesday afternoon by the Philadelphia Union.
"We are obviously thrilled for Eric and even happier that his hometown team has selected him," coach Marlon LeBlanc says. "Philadelphia is an excellent organization and John Hackworth and his staff have proven that they are the best at developing young talent."
Schoenle joins former co-captain Raymon Gaddis in Philadelphia, who was drafted in the second round by the Union last season.
"We wish Eric the best of luck in his professional journey," LeBlanc says. "I hope to someday see him and Ray side-by-side once again, this time on the back line for the Union."
Schoenle is one of the top players to ever wear the Old Gold and Blue, playing in 75 career games and logging 5,395 minutes of action. Schoenle scored 10 goals and 12 assists, totaling 32 points. He scored on nearly 33 percent of his shots on-goal and registered five game-winning goals.
"I'm so excited to be selected by the Philadelphia Union," Schoenle says. "I can't thank them enough for the opportunity to play professionally. I'd like to thank the coaches at WVU for helping me get to where I am today, without them I wouldn't be here. I'm looking forward to getting into camp and getting to work with the Union."
Schoenle earned a plethora of awards while attending WVU that include: MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, Senior CLASS Award finalist, Senior CLASS Second Team All-American, NSCAA Third Team All-American, four-time NSCAA All-Region, two-time All-Big East and All-MAC First Team.
The Yardley, Pa., native graduated in December with a degree in business administration. Schoenle also was a Big East Academic All-Star, a member of the Garrett Ford Academic Honor Roll and Dean's List while at WVU.
Schoenle is the ninth Mountaineer and seventh under LeBlanc to be drafted professionally. Former Mountaineers Pat Carroll, Zach Johnson, Devon McTavish, Nick Noble, Adetoye Oshoniyi, Aaron Pitchkolan, Jarrod Smith, Dan Stratford and Gaddis have all seen time on MLS rosters.