Former University of Washington midfielder George John was selected by FC Dallas with the 14th pick of the first round of the MLS SuperDraft.
John, who played at the MLS combine earlier this week, wasn’t projected to go until early in the second round and had drawn interest from Sounders FC. But Dallas got to him first.
John, a Shoreline native, was first-team All-Pac-10 for the Huskies in 2007 and 2008. He suffered a season-ending knee injury in October 2008. But he was able to rehabilitate in time to play at the combine.
The FC Dallas media relations staff provided the following:
“It was always a dream of mine to play professional soccer, so I am ecstatic at being drafted by Dallas in the first round,” John said. “I’m definitely excited and I look to make everyone happy with this selection. I’m going to work hard to make sure that this looks like a good pick for FC Dallas and bring a winning team to the city.”
This from FC Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman:
“One of the advantages of coaching college is that I saw George John play last year against SMU, and I liked him. He was playing as a defensive midfielder. I think maybe at the next level he’ll be a center back. He came in with a torn meniscus, and was probably 85 percent. As I continued to watch him, he didn’t lose a head ball in the three games (combine), he very seldom made a bad pass, he’s a possession type player, he’s been coached very well at the University of Washington.”