Ibikunle, Gimenez Picked in MLS SuperDraft
Jan. 21, 2014
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeWSoccer)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Tolani Ibikunle and Luca Gimenez were selected today in the third and fourth rounds of the MLS SuperDraft, giving the Wake Forest men's soccer team four players drafted for the first time since 2010.
Ibikunle was picked in the third round (49th overall) by the Colorado Rapids, and Gimenez was taken in the fourth round (63rd overall) by the Philadelphia Union. Fellow seniors Chris Duvall and Jared Watts were taken in the second round of the MLS SuperDraft last week.
A defender, Ibikunle played in 70 games at Wake Forest, making 55 starts. He scored three goals from his position on the back line, including two in 2013, and also tallied three assists. Ibikunle will join his Wake Forest teammate Watts in Colorado.
Gimenez, a forward, scored 26 goals in his career at Wake Forest, ranking him ninth on the school's all-time scoring list. Making 81 appearances and 51 starts in four years, he also added 11 assists to total 63 points.
In Philadelphia, Gimenez will be under the guidance of manager John Hackworth, a former player and assistant coach at Wake Forest, and will join former Demon Deacons Brian Carroll and Michael Lahoud on the Union roster.
The four Wake Forest players taken in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft were the most since four were also taken in the 2010 draft.