Ivan Magalhaes, Former Titan Picked In Major League Soccer Draft By Houston
By Mark DeCotis, Eastern Florida // January 15, 2016
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Houston Dynamo in the second round of Thursday’s Major League Soccer (MLS) draft selected former Eastern Florida men’s soccer standout Ivan Magalhaes.
Magalhaes, a two-time All-American as a defender, graduated from Eastern Florida in 2015 and played last season at NCAA Division I University of Maryland.
He started and played in all 16 matches for Maryland at center back, helping the Terps record 10 shutouts and scored a goal and notched an assist.
The 6-foot, 1-inch, 187-pound Magalhaes hails from San Paolo, Brazil.
He was a first team NJCAA All-American at Eastern Florida in 2013 and a second team NJCAA All-American in 2014. He was the 2013 Eastern Florida Male Athlete of the Year.
Magalhaes is the first Eastern Florida men’s soccer player in the program’s three-year history under head coach Oliver Twelvetrees to be selected by an MLS team.
“It was a fantastic moment for a great young man,” Twelvetrees said.
“We are proud to be a part of his development and excited to see him start his professional career with Houston Dynamo.”
Magalhaes was among 59 NCAA Division I college players who participated in the 2016 adidas MLS Player Combine.
Top collegiate players from across the country showcased their talents in front of representatives from all 20 MLS clubs in Fort Lauderdale, Florida last week.
As a pro he will join Eastern Florida baseball player Luis Silverio who was chosen in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft by the National’s League’s Arizona Diamondbacks.