MLS claim a pair of former Lobos

January 17th, 2013 at 7:41 pm by under Sports

It probably was a good sign they would get to the next level when Blake Smith and Devon Sandoval were invited to the Major League Soccer Combine. Both former Lobos helped themselves at the combine. Sandoval on sheer size alone got the attention of scouts. Smith skill and speed made him stand out. The talented midfielder became the highest draft pick ever from Lobo men’s soccer when the Montreal Impact made him the 8th overall pick of the MLS Super Draft thursday. Smith finished his senior season as one of the nation’s leaders in assists with 13. It was the second most in program history. He also helped to lead the Lobos to a 17-4-1 record and second consecutive trip to the NCAA Sweet 16. The previous year the Lobos were number one in the nation and finished the regular season undefeated. Smith’s teammate, Devon Sandoval, was the 29th overall selection of the draft. Real Salt Lake took the big and physically imposing Sandoval. The former Lobo forward received All American honors his senior season and finished with 15 goals. He finished his career as one of the most decorated Lobos with a huge number of various accolades. Smith and Sandoval are just the latest two players out of a solid program run by a man, we in the Albuquerque market affectionately call the fish. As long as Jeremy Fishbein is head coach of men’s soccer at New Mexico, you can expect to see graduating talent from the cherry and silver making it to the next level.

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