Jan. 14, 2010
PHILADELPHIA - Former California forward Andrew Wiedeman was selected by FC Dallas with the No. 21 overall pick, which was the fifth pick of the second round, in the 2010 Major League Soccer SuperDraft Thursday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Cal's leading scorer and a first-team All-Pac-10 selection in 2009, Wiedeman was the first forward to be drafted in the second round.
The San Ramon, Calif., product will play for FC Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman, who previously coached Cal head coach Kevin Grimes for four years at SMU. Grimes was also an assistant coach for three years under Hyndman at his alma mater.
"This is a great day for Andrew and Cal soccer," Grimes said. "Going to FC Dallas is going to be a perfect fit for him. Schellas is a great trainer of forwards and attacking midfielders in particular, and I think Andrew's game will really blossom under his tutelage. The Cal team, alumni and administration are really proud of Andrew and wish him a great professional career."
This marks the sixth consecutive year in which MLS teams drafted Cal players, a span that encompasses Grimes' first six recruiting classes and 14 former Bears. The other 13 Bears are Stefan Frei (Toronto FC, SuperDraft), who was drafted in 2009; Andrew Jacobson (D.C. United), Luke Sassano (New York Red Bulls) and Javier Ayala-Hil (Chivas USA), who were drafted in 2008; Eric Ebert (Houston Dynamo, SuperDraft), Nick Hatzke (Houston Dynamo, Supplemental Draft), Steve Purdy (Los Angeles Galaxy, Supplemental Draft), who were drafted in 2007; Calen Carr (Chicago Fire, SuperDraft), Tyson Wahl (Kansas City, SuperDraft) and Eric Kronberg (Kansas City, SuperDraft), who were drafted in 2006; and Troy Roberts (Los Angeles, SuperDraft), Mike Munoz (Chivas USA, Supplemental Draft) and Noah Merl (San Jose Earthquakes, Supplemental Draft) who were drafted in 2005.
Wiedeman, who signed with Generation adidas earlier this month, is the 13th active professional player from Cal, with nine former Bears in MLS. Ayala-Hil is currently on trial with a Vietnamese pro team.
A first-team member of the NSCAA Far West All-Region team, Wiedeman paced the Golden Bears in points (26), goals (11) and game-winning goals (5) after starting all 18 games of his junior season in 2009. He also tied for second on the team with four assists. Wiedeman ended the regular season tied for second in goals and ranked third in points in the Pac-10.
Also strong in the classroom, Wiedeman earned a spot on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America second team after first claiming a berth on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 8 Team. Wiedeman was named to three important preseason award lists - the Watch List for the Missouri Athletic Club Hermann Trophy and the preseason All-America teams for Soccer America and College Soccer News.