It’s something that every young athlete hopes for. When playing in the fields, diamonds or rinks around the country it is a dream that athletes share – to be picked first. It starts with being picked first in the schoolyard, then in school sports and culminates in the ultimate sports dream to be picked first in a professional draft.
Only a few select individuals can say that they have been picked first. That list has grown by one more yesterday and he’s from Ontario.
Evan James was selected first overall in the MLS Supplimental Draft by the Montreal Impact Tuesday afternoon.
James hales from Mississagua, Ontario but has been playing NCAA soccer at UNC Charlotte for the past several years. He was a part of the Charlotte 49ers team which made it to the College Cup Finals last month.
Evan was also a member of Hamilton FC during the club’s inaugural season in the summer of 2011. Wearing number eleven, Evan logged 432 minutes on the field and came away two goals and one assist in his eight games played. James registered eleven shots and was tied for third in goals scored on the team.
James will head to Guadalajara, Mexico with the Montreal Impact for the first leg of the Impacts pre-season camp on January 18.