Jan. 16, 2014
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University men's soccer player Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) made history Thursday and continued his soccer career as the fourth overall selection in the 2014 Major League Soccer SuperDraft. This is the highest a Georgetown player has ever been drafted in program history.
Neumann went to the New England Revolution after the squad acquired the fourth pick from the Columbus Crew.
"I think I have a lot of playmaking and creative abilities on the field and that's something I tried to showcase in college and at the combine and it's something I'd like to bring to the league," said Neumann. "I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped me along the way. My club coaches, my Georgetown coaches and my family for developing me and giving me every opportunity to be successful."
The forward had an outstanding career for the Hoyas over the past four years. He helped lead the squad to three NCAA Tournaments including the National Championship Game in 2012. Georgetown also won three BIG EAST Regular Season Championships and appeared in the BIG EAST Championship Game. Throughout his time on the Hilltop, the Blue & Gray was ranked in the top 25 every season.
Neumann appeared in 86 games with 67 starts to his credit. He tallied 116 points on 41 goals and 34 assists to rank third on the all-time lists in both points and goals as well as fourth in assists. The forward was among the program's all-time season leaders in points and goals all four years with 33 points in 2012 to rank seventh and 11 goals in 2011 to rank 12th.
He was a two-time All-American earning a pair of nods to the second team and a three-time all-region honoree. Additionally, Neumann was a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist as both a junior and senior.
In the BIG EAST, Neumann was the 2013 Offensive Player of the Year and a four-time All-BIG EAST honoree including three nods to the first team.
He made his mark on the national stage in 2012 scoring the first hat trick in College Cup history since 1993 in the semifinal game against Maryland where the Blue & Gray advanced on penalty kicks. It was the first hat trick of his career, he left the Hilltop with two to his credit. For his efforts, Neumann was named the College Cup Most Outstanding Offensive Player.
The forward also succeeded in the classroom graduating this past December in three and a half years.
Prior to this SuperDraft, Georgetown had 18 total players drafted into the professional ranks and 10 drafted into the MLS. Only one other player has gone in the first round, Tommy Muller was the 15th overall selection in last year's draft.
Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese has now had six players drafted into the MLS in three separate drafts. Ricky Schramm was drafted in the third round in 2007 and four players were drafted last season including Muller, Ian Christianson, Jimmy Nealis and Andy Riemer.
The BIG EAST Conference had three players drafted among the top 10, the most of any conference. Neumann was the highest of the three.
"Steve's ability to evolve as a player makes this not much of a surprise to us," said Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese. "We're thrilled for Steve and thrilled for New England to work with a player of his caliber. They've picked up a special talent and a special person and we're excited."