Bakero, Twumasi Picked in First Round of MLS SuperDraft
Jan. 19, 2018

Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMSoccer)

PHILADELPHIA -- Wake Forest men's soccer's Jon Bakero and Ema Twumasi were both selected in the first round of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft on Friday.

Bakero was picked fifth overall by the Chicago Fire, while Twumasi went 11th overall to FC Dallas.

They became the 14th and 15th Demon Deacons all-time to be selected in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft. The Deacs now have a first-round selection in three-straight seasons, as Bakero and Twumasi join Jack Harrison (first overall in 2016) and Jacori Hayes (18th overall in 2017).

The Fire traded up to select Bakero, dealing $175,000 of allocation money to Minnesota United to pick the Wake Forest senior.

Bakero is Wake Forest's fifth all-time top-five selection.

In heading to FC Dallas, Twumasi becomes the third Deacon to join the squad in the last two years. FC Dallas picked Hayes in the first round last year and signed Brandon Servania to a homegrown deal this offseason.

"We couldn't be more excited for Jon and Ema to achieve their dreams of becoming professional soccer players," head coach Bobby Muuss said. "The Chicago Fire and FC Dallas are getting not just great players, but two impressive young men. I'm confident that Jon and Ema will continue the great tradition of Deacons being successful at the next level."

Wake Forest has now sent five to the MLS this offseason in Bakero, Twumasi, Servania, NY Red Bulls homegrown signee Kevin Politz and Philadelphia Union homegrown addition Mark McKenzie. The Deacs have two first-round selections for the first time since Ike Opara, Zack Schilawski, Corben Bone and Austin da Luz all went in the first round in 2010.



"Going to Wake Forest was without a doubt the best decision of my life," Bakero said when he signed his MLS contract. "I want to thank the coaches, administration, the fans and my teammates for making my experience so special. I wouldn't be where I am without them. I'm excited to follow and watch this team - my family - continue to grow, develop, and win championships. I can't wait to be back cheering you on from the Hill. Go Deacs!"

"Wake Forest, my coaches and teammates, and my family the Kirkpatricks have put me in a position to succeed in life, both on and off the field," Twumasi added. "The school and the men's soccer program have aided my development both as a player and as a man. I look forward to making the school, program, and all those who have helped me over the last two seasons, proud. I can't wait to watch the Deacs continue competing for trophies at Spry. Believe me when I say I will miss the chance to play with my brothers in front of the best fans in college soccer. Go Deacs!"