Musovski Drafted 30th Overall By San Jose|
Jan. 19, 2018
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV senior forward and Las Vegas native Danny Musovski became the latest Rebel to reach the professional level as he was selected 30th overall by the San Jose Earthquakes Friday in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This marks the third draft in the last four years that a Rebel has been taken, while Musovski is the first Rebel to be selected in one of the first two rounds, as he was the seventh pick of the second round.
"It was pretty crazy and very anxious waiting to hear my name called and when I did it was such a great feeling," said Musovski. "San Jose is a great city, I lived there for a month and a half last summer while training with the team. I like the coaching staff and I've been following the team pretty close the past few months as well."
"When we first recruited Danny this is where we thought we would end up, and now it comes to fruition," said UNLV head coach Rich Ryerson, who was at the draft in Philadelphia with Musovski. "We couldn't be more excited about Danny joining the San Jose franchise, as he's been exposed to them already, they know who he is, and he couldn't be prouder to be a part of their program."
Musovski, a graduate of Liberty High School, finished his career at UNLV as one of the top players to ever wear the Scarlet and Gray. He claimed WAC Offensive Player of the Year honors for the second time in his career after leading the nation in both goals (0.88 per game) and points (2.12 per game). His total goals (15) and points (36) ranked him fourth and fifth in the nation, respectively, despite missing five games. Musovski closed out his UNLV career ranked third in total goals with 47, and third in total points with 117. Both marks were WAC career records.
This season he set a WAC record for points in a game with nine after posting four goals and one assist against Oral Roberts. Both his four goals, and his nine points, tied for the most in the nation in a game. His seven points off three goals and an assist in the win at San Jose State set a WAC record for total points in a conference game. Other honors for Musovski this season included United Soccer Coaches First Team All-West Region and First Team All-WAC. Over his career, Musovski led the Rebels to a pair of WAC Tournament championships, earned two WAC Tournament MVP honors and helped UNLV reach the NCAA Tournament twice, including a second-round appearance in 2016. He was an All-American in both his sophomore and senior years as well, just the second Rebel to earn honors in more than one season.
Previous Rebels that were drafted include: Victor "Boomer" Arbelaez as the 30th pick in 2005, also by San Jose, Rod Dyachenko as the 31st pick in 2006, Danny Cruz, 41st in 2008, Salvador Bernal, 72nd in 2015 and Bradley Kamdem, 58th overall in 2016.