Long Island Rough Riders defender Andre Morrison was selected No. 69 overall (third round) by defending Major League Soccer champions Toronto FC in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft on Sunday.
Morrison, a senior at Hartford University, was named to the 2017 America East All-Conference first team for his consistency and play on the backline for the Hawks. He had one goal and one assist in more than 1,100 regular-season minutes for the Rough Riders in the summer, helping lead the team to the 2017 PDL Eastern Conference Final.
“The Rough Riders are proud to see Andre get drafted by the MLS Champions Toronto FC,” men’s coach Flavio Ferri said. “He had a terrific season for us last year and has earned this opportunity.”
Morrison joins the likes of Ryan Meara (2012), Edson Buddle (2001), Chris Armas (1996), and Giovanni Savarese (1996) as Rough Riders players to be drafted by an MLS club.
The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Morrison was one of 60 NCAA Division I college players who participated in the 2018 MLS Player Combine from Jan. 11-17 in Orlando, Fla. Morrison, along with Rough Riders teammate Arthur Bosua, showcased their skills on and off the field through physical testing, interviews, and matches in front of coaches and technical staff members of all 23 MLS clubs ahead of the draft.
“As a center back, Andre is a terrific 1-on-1 defender and is technically able to play out of the back,” Ferri said. “We wish him the best of luck playing at the highest professional level in the U.S.”
Toronto FC, which defeated the Seattle Sounders 2-0 to win the 2017 MLS Cup also drafted: D Tim Kubel (No. 28 overall), GK Drew Shepherd (No. 46), and D Ben White (No. 92).
BY: Michael LoRé