Stanford's Thompson taken by Earthquakes in MLS SuperDraft


Stanford captain Ty Thompson rounded out a successful MLS SuperDraft for the Cardinal men when the midfielder was taken in the fourth round with the 69th overall pick by the San Jose Earthquakes on Tuesday morning.

Thompson is the third Cardinal taken in this year's draft along with teammates Brandon Vincent (No. 4 overall, Chicago Fire) and Eric Verso (No. 34 overall, Montreal Impact). It's just the fourth time Stanford has had at least three players selected and first in 13 years. The Cardinal had four go in 2003 and 2002 and three in 2001.

San Jose will be a comfortable spot for the Sacramento native. Thompson's younger brother, Tommy, is a homegrown player for the Earthquakes. The team also has Stanford men's soccer alums Adam Jahn and JJ Koval on its roster.

Thompson co-captained the Cardinal along with Vincent to the first NCAA title in program history with a headline-grabbing senior campaign. The economics major was named to the NSCAA All-Far West Region first team and the All-Pac-12 first team. In addition to this NSCAA academic honor, Thompson was also a CoSIDA Academic All-District pick and made the Pac-12 All-Academic first team.

He finished his career with nine assists and on Dec. 17 became the 14th NSCAA Academic All-American in Stanford history when he was named an NSCAA Scholar Second Team All-American, the first for the Cardinal since 2010.

— Stanford Athletics

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