Cal Poly Sports

Jan 22, 2014 1:12 AM by Matt SantaMaria

Pridham taken in 4th round of MLS Draft

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Mackenzie Pridham's long MLS wait is over.

The Vancouver Whitecaps on Tuesday selected the Cal Poly star with the 58th pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft. Pridham was a projected first day pick, but injured an ankle while participating in the MLS Player Combine earlier this month.

The Santa Cruz native, who is Cal Poly's all-time leader in career goals, is the second Mustang taken in this year's draft, joining midfielder George Malki who was a surprise second round selection last week.

It marks the first time multiple Cal Poly players have ever been selected in a single MLS draft.

"This program has been a great program ever since it started, we've got a great staff and it shows," said Malki, "we scored 43 goals last season and we've gotten a lot of hype and it's a big step for the program and I think we're just going to continue to get better from here."

Pridham scored 27 career goals during his tenure in San Luis Obispo and was the Big West's Offensive Player of the Year in both his Junior and Senior campaigns.

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