Chivas selects F Casey Townsend in MLS Draft

Chivas selects F Casey Townsend in MLS Draft

Published Jan. 12, 2012 10:31 a.m. ET

Carson, CA.  – Chivas USA had only one pick in this year’s MLS SuperDraft, taking place Thursday in Kansas City, the fifth overall in the draft. The Goats selected 22 year old Casey Townsend, a forward from the University of Maryland. Townsend will be added to the Chivas USA roster as he had signed a contract with MLS prior to the SuperDraft. The Terrapin will report to Chivas USA for his physical this weekend, and will start preseason camp this Monday, January 16 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California, home of Chivas USA.  

“The kid is unbelievably competitive,” commented Chivas USA Head Coach Robin Fraser about Casey Townsend. “We watched him in the combine, we watched him in college, he’s the kind of kid who wins literally every challenge he has, and it’s all about his attitude. He is a very good finisher, has a good nose for the goal and he completely fits into what it is we are trying to do here [Chivas USA]. We want to get winners here and we got ourselves a winner today.”

“We watched a lot games with Casey and we loved his style of play, his guts. He is a guy that will always compete, he always wants to win. That’s the winner mentality we want at Chivas USA,” commented Red-and-White General Manager Jose Domene. “It was a great pick up, we didn’t think he would fall to us, we were hoping he would, and he did. We are super excited, he is a great guy, and from the personal interview, he’s a guy that wants to play many years in this league and he really wants to compete for a starting job.”

University of Maryland
Position: Forward
Height: 5-11
Weight: 161 lbs
Date of Birth: 07/07/1989
Hometown: Traverse City, Mich.
Citizenship: USA

YR      SCHOOL        GP       GS       G         A
2011    Maryland         21        21        17        2
2010    Maryland         23        23        9          5
2009    Maryland         15        15        6          1
2008    Maryland         26        24        11        4

2011: M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Semifinalist; NSCAA All-American First Team
2010, 2011: All-Atlantic Coast Conference First Team Ended Collegiate career with 43 goals, third-most in Maryland history

High School
Traverse City West HS (2007)
Three-Time Parade All-American
Scored 105 goals, second most all-time in Michigan Class A/Division 1

Enrolled in letters and sciences; studying criminal justice. Would like to become a defense attorney.

Club/National Team
Played for Vardar Soccer Club
U.S. youth international since 2006 at U-17, U-18 and U-20 level.

First Round:          5th overall (Natural 1st round pick)    Casey Townsend (University of Maryland)

2005       2nd Overall             Brad Guzan (University of South Carolina)
2006       5th Overall              Sacha Kljestan (Seton Hall University)
2007       7th Overall              John Cunliffe (Fort Lewis College)
2009       9th Overall              Michael Lahoud (Wake Forest University)
2010       10th Overall           Blair Gavin (University of Akron)
2011       4th Overall              Zarek Valentin (University of Akron)
2011       14th Overall           Victor Estupiñan (LDU Quito)
2012       5th Overall              Casey Townsend (University of Maryland)