Jan. 21, 2014
WASHINGTON - Georgetown University men's soccer player Joey Dillon (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) continued his soccer career on Tuesday being selected by Real Salt Lake in the third round of the 2014 Major League Soccer SuperDraft. Dillon joined classmate Steve Neumann (New Hope, Pa./Council Rock North) as the two Hoyas selected in this year's draft.
Dillon was the 15th pick of the third round and the 53rd overall selection. Real Salt Lake acquired the pick from the New York Red Bulls in a trade for the first right of refusal to Jonny Steele.
The midfielder 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.
A two-way standout, Dillon helped the Blue & Gray lead the conference in goals with 22 and rank first in fewest goals allowed with four. He was selected as the BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year marking his first-career BIG EAST honor and first nod to an all-conference squad earning a spot on the first team.
In his career, Dillon appeared in 86 games with 82 starts to his credit. He had one goal and four assists for six points and played a crucial role in the center of the pitch.
This past season, Dillon also served as a team captain.
The midfielder 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.
Georgetown Head Coach Brian Wiese has now had seven 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.
"We are thrilled for the opportunity Joey is getting with Real Salt Lake," said Wiese. "He's been one of the most influential players I've had at my time at Georgetown and, in my opinion, is the best holding midfielder in the draft. Real Salt Lake is getting a great player and a special person."