Jan. 16, 2004
Charlotte, NC -
UC Santa Barbara men's soccer players Memo Arzate (Hawaiian Gardens, Calif.) and David McGill (Dublin, Ireland) were both selected by the Los Angeles Galaxy in today's 2004 MLS Superdraft, prolonging the career of UCSB's most dynamic midfield duo in school history. Arzate, who led the nation with a 0.82 assists per game average this past season, was selected in the third round with the 22nd overall pick by Los Angeles. And McGill, the emotional team co-captain who guided the Gauchos to their first ever Sweet 16 in 2003, was taken in the fourth round by the Galaxy with the 33rd overall pick.
"I am so excited," exclaimed Arzate over the phone, "especially because I was selected by L.A. and have the opportunity to play so close to home. It's great because all of my family and friends will be able to watch me play, they have been calling me all morning."
For both Arzate and McGill, getting the chance to play professionally is to realize a goal they both set when they arrived at UCSB two years ago as transfers, McGill from UNC Charlotte where he was a two-time All-Conference USA honoree, and Arzate who came to Santa Barbara from Compton College as a two-time All-South Coast Conference MVP.
The Gauchos were one of eleven teams to have multiple players selected in the '04 draft, with UCLA leading the count with five players being picked. Arzate and McGill join former teammate and Canadian World Cup team member Rob Friend ('02) as the UCSB's to be drafted by an MLS squad. Friend, who rights currently belong to San Jose, was drafted by the Chicago Fire in the fourth round of the 2003 Superdraft. However, the dynamic duo will be joining former Gaucho Thiago Martins ('00) who currently plays for the MLS's D.C. United.
Arzate, who is a two-time College Soccer News All-American, enters the MLS as one of the most potent midfielders in NCAA history with the sixth-best career assists per game average in Division I at .837. And McGill will leave UCSB as a two-time All-Big West Conference honoree, having ended each of his two seasons as a Gaucho amongst the top assist men in Division I, finishing fifth in 2002 and 26th in 2003.