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Local Soccer Star Among Top Picks in Draft


A dream come true today for Westfield native and IU soccer star Eriq Zavaleta as he was selected in the top 10 of the MLS SuperDraft held at the Indiana Convention Center.


The Seattle Sounders selected Zavaleta number 10 overall. Zavaleta says he's excited to join the Sounders organization. "To be able to have them trade up for me, one is a testament to what they feel about me and I'm so excited to be part of an organization that wants me, and two, it's such rich history with incredible fans and I'm ready to get there."

Zavaleta continues his family's rich soccer heritage. His father Carlos played for El Salvador's national team, and his uncle played for the LA Galaxy. Zavaleta isn't even sure what position he will play, but he says his coaching staff will make the decision for him.

Notre Dame products Ryan Finley and Dillon Powers were selected before, and after Zavaleta, respectively.


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