SAN JOSE --The Earthquakes selected Georgetown defender Tommy Muller with the No. 15 overall pick at the MLS SuperDraft in Indianapolis.

San Jose picked University of San Diego midfielder Dan Delgado in the second round (No. 33 overall).

Muller, of Altamonte Springs, Fla., was part of a talented Hoyas back line that posted 10 shutouts last season. Undersized as a center back, the 5-foot-11 Muller ranked in the top five with his quickness score at the MLS combine.

"I think I have a lot of the athletic tools to be successful as a center back, with jumping and recovery speed, but I think more than that, my thinking and my vision of the field is good," he said. "I make good decisions with the ball, especially out of the back. Those two things have allowed me to be successful so far and can translate to the MLS."

Muller would fill a need with the Quakes' recent trade of defender Ike Opara to Sporting Kansas City. Muller had four goals and four assists as a two-year captain of the Hoyas. Muller was a third-team All-Big East selection.

"Tommy is an athletic, very versatile player," Earthquakes coach Frank Yallop said. "He stood out to us at the MLS Player Combine and we look forward to having him in camp with our club."

Delgado did not participate in the combine because he is suffering from a right quadriceps injury.

  • Earlier Thursday, the Earthquakes sent a second-round draft pick to the Portland Timbers for the rights to sign forward Mike Fucito.


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    San Jose gave up the 34th pick overall for the right of first refusal to Fucito, 26, who appeared in 12 games for the Timbers last season after coming from the Montreal Impact.

    The four-year pro has played in a total of 36 MLS matches for Seattle, Montreal and Portland, netting three goals and two assists. The former Harvard standout was a two-time All-American.

  • The Vancouver Whitecaps FC selected Santa Clara midfielder Erik Hurtado with the No. 5 overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft in Indianapolis.

    Hurtado, the 2012 West Coast Conference Player of the Year, had five game-winning goals in conference play. Hurtado, of Fredricksburg, Va., saw his stock rise at the MLS Combine (Jan. 11-15) in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. He was a third-team NSCAA All-American selection.

  • Former Stanford All-American Ryan Nelsen, 35, has been named coach of Toronto FC to become the youngest in club history. Nelsen is under contract with Queens Park Rangers of the English Premier League through June 30 but is working on a deal to join MLS.

    The New Zealand international takes over a Toronto club that finished last in the Eastern Conference in 2012.