PISCATAWAY, N.J. (January 18, 2011) – Former Rutgers men’s soccer player Yannick Salmon (Westbury, N.Y.) was selected by the Chicago Fire Soccer Club with the 27th overall pick in the 2011 Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft, it was announced Tuesday.
“I’m excited to go out there and show what I can do,” said Salmon. “I’ve been given a great opportunity so I want to show them my best and that I deserve to be there. The past three years at Rutgers has been a great experience and it’s definitely helped me improve a lot as a player.”
Salmon, a three-year starter and two-time All-BIG EAST selection for the Scarlet Knights, concluded a standout career ‘On the Banks’ this past season, leading RU in scoring with six goals. Salmon also posted six goals during a memorable junior campaign in which he earned Player of the Week honors from four separate outlets after leading the Scarlet Knights to a pair of BIG EAST victories against Providence and Connecticut. He was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, NSCAA (National Soccer Coaches Association of America) Player of the Week, College Soccer News National Player of the Week and ECAC Player of the Week.
“I’m very excited for Yannick,” said Rutgers head coach Dan Donigan. “Most college players dream of playing on the next level and Yannick has a great opportunity in front of him. He’s a young man with a tremendous work ethic, incredible talent and technical skills; and he can play on both sides of the ball. No one is more deserving of this opportunity, he just has to go out there and fight for a spot. We wish him the best and we’re definitely proud of him. Our congratulations go out to Yannick.”
Salmon posted 12 career goals en route to earning Second Team All-BIG EAST honors in 2009 and Third Team accolades in 2010. The Westbury, N.Y. native appeared in 51 career games for Rutgers. He is the second straight Scarlet Knight to be chosen in an MLS draft, joining former RU standout Dilly Duka who was chosen with the eighth overall pick in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft by the Columbus Crew.