Jan. 13, 2011
BALTIMORE, Md. - UC Santa Barbara's Michael Tetteh was selected in the Second Round and No. 20 overall by the Seattle Sounders in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft on Thursday. Tetteh became the 12th UCSB player to be selected in the MLS SuperDraft.
"My dream from high school has been to one day play in the MLS," Tetteh said. "Obviously I have worked very, very hard. I have had so many people that have affected my life and helped me throughout the years and this is just the perfect dream coming true for me. I couldn't be happier to be a part of the Seattle club."
Tetteh, a junior midfielder at UCSB, signed a Generation Adidas contract earlier this month. He has played in 59 matches during his three seasons with the Gauchos, starting 50. In 2009, he was a Second Team All-Big West selection and Second Team Far West All-Region pick.
Though he was hampered by injury during the 2010 season, Tetteh still managed to tally a career-best three goals this past fall. For his career, he posted six goals, eight assists and 20 points.
"My goal is to go and work hard and be on the starting squad," Tetteh said. "Obviously, they have great players at Seattle. What I want to do is learn from the other guys and get on the field."
Tetteh becomes the 19th UCSB player to be drafted in the past nine years. UCSB currently has five former players active in the MLS: Chris Pontius (D.C. United), Andy Iro (Columbus Crew), Eric Avila (FC Dallas), Kyle Reynish (Real Salt Lake) and Dan Kennedy (Chivas USA).
Tetteh was the first Big West player to be drafted this year and was the first pick by the Sounders, who traded their No. 11 overall selection and international spot (one season) to Portland for the No. 20 selection and an allocation amount.