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. "I think it is fabulous for Erik," said Santa Clara men's soccer coach Cameron Rast in a statement. "It's a tribute to how much he has grown as a player in his time here at Santa Clara. You go into the combine and have opportunities to prove yourself, and he really rose up to the occasion. He's trusted in the process and has been rewarded for that. We are very excited for him."
Hurtado was a third-team NSCAA All-American selection.
"I do want to thank the coaches, the administration at Santa Clara, everyone down the line, for all that they have done," Hurtado said in a school release. "I also want to give a shout out to my teammates. I will try and represent Santa Clara in the best possible way, and again am very appreciative for everyone's efforts there, helping me get to where I've come."