AYSA Alumni Drafted into Professional Soccer
CONGRATULATIONS TO THREE AYSA ALUMNI WHO HAVE BEEN DRAFTED
INTO PROFESSIONAL SOCCER:
This past week at the NSCAA Annual Convention in Philadelphia, both Major League Soccer (MLS) and the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) conducted their annual collegiate drafts. In the end, three players who grew-up playing youth soccer in Arizona were selected:
Drafted in the Second Round - 37th Overall Selection
George grew-up in Phoenix playing for both the SC del Sol & Sereno Soccer Clubs. While members of both clubs, he earned several Arizona State Cup Titles. Malki also led his high school (Pinnacle High - Phoenix) to two AIA D1 State Championships. He has selected as the 2009 Gatorade Arizona Player of the Year. While in high school, George was selected to participate in the 2009 US Men's National Team U18 Residency Program in Bradenton, Florida. Prior, he was also a member of the U15 USMNT Player Pool. Following his youth career, Malki continued his soccer career at the collegiate level with Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California. George was a four-year starter for the Mustangs of CalPoly, appearing in 72 games (4th all-time in school history). He was a Big West Conference First Team Conference selection in both 2012 & 2013. During his junior year at Cal Poly, George trained in Sweden with Second Division side Assyriska Foreningen.
JULIE JOHNSTON (Left)
Drafted in the First Round - 3rd Overall Selection
Chicago Red Star
Johnston grew-up in Mesa and played her youth soccer with the Gilbert (Arizona) Arsenal Soccer Club and the Sereno Soccer Club. As a member of both clubs, Julie won several Arizona State Cup Championships. The Dobson High School graduate then moved on to play collegiately at Santa Clara University. Her career with the Broncos was nothing short of spectacular! Here are a few of her honors: 2010 - West Coast Conference Freshman of the Year; 2011, 2012, 2013 - Hermann Trophy Award (College Soccer equivalent to the Heisman Trophy) - Semi Finalist; First Team All-American 2011, 2012, 2013; 2013 - West Coast Conference Player of the Year. Julie has also had an amazing run with the US Women's National Team. She is a current member of the full USWNT & U23 USWNT team pools. As captain, she led the USWNT U20 team to victory in the 2012 FIFA U20 Women's World Cup in Japan. Following the competition, she was awarded the "Bronze Ball", an award given to the best defender of the tournament.
ELLEN PARKER (Right)
Drafted in the Fourth Round - 30th Overall Selection
A native of Paradise Valley, Parker grew-up playing for the Sereno '92G team that had a run of seven consecutive Arizona State Cup Championships. Ellen was also a member of the Arizona Olympic Development Program, participating on the state & Region IV teams from 2004-2008. She was also a member of the player pools for the US Women's National Team U18 & U20 teams. After graduatiing from the University of Lincoln (Charter School), Ellen moved on to continue her soccer career at the collegiate level for the University of Portland. Parker saw action in all four seasons with the Pilots. She was named to the 2011 & 2012 West Coast Conference - All Academic teams.
AYSA would like to congratulate these three fine young players and we with them the best in their professional soccer careers. AYSA would also like to congratulate and wish the best to ALL former players who are graduating from college this year.