San Jose Earthquakes Take Stanford’s JJ Koval In MLS SuperDraft

Jan 14, 2014; Lauderhill, FL, USA; Brazuca center/midfielder J.J. Koval (69) battles for control of the ball against Nitro Charge midfielder/defender Stefano Rjissel (22) during the second half at Central Broward Regional Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The San Jose Earthquakes took Stanford midfielder JJ Koval with the ninth overall selection in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft on Thursday in Philadelphia.

The team also selected UCLA defender Joe Sofia in the second round, 28th overall, according to the team’s official website.

Koval, 21, was a two-time All-Pac-12 Conference selection for the Cardinal, playing in 74 games in four years.

“We’re very happy to have JJ,” Earthquakes coach Mark Watson said. “He’s great in terms of where we’re looking to add players. He has a really bright future as a professional and I think he’s going to be an excellent two-way midfielder.”

Koval scored two goals and notched an assist in 26 games for the Cardinal in 2013, helping them to NCAA tournament wins over Loyola Marymount and Cal State Northridge. He scored six goals in his career.

Sofia, 22, made 19 starts for the Bruins in 2013 and was a three-time All-Pac-12 selection. He was a member of UCLA’s 2011 team that played in the College Cup. He scored five goals and registered eight assists in 82 games for the Bruins.

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