RICHMOND, Va. – VCU junior forward Jason Johnson has made a name for himself at each stop of his soccer career. He'll have an opportunity to continue that trend at the highest level next season as Johnson was selected with the 13th overall pick by Houston in Thursday's MLS SuperDraft.
Johnson is the first VCU player to hear his name called on draft day since Dominic Oduro was chosen by FC Dallas in the second round in 2006.
Johnson's final season with the Rams was arguably his best as he was named Atlantic 10 Conference Offensive Player of the Year. In 2012 alone, he doubled his point total from his freshman and sophomore seasons combined (32), including a team-best 13 goals (highest regular season total in the A-10) to go along with six assists.
A breakout junior campaign allowed Johnson to ink a Generation adidas contract in December, which declared his intention to enter the draft. Players earning this status are typically among the top selections and are guaranteed multi-year contracts that also include grants to continue their college education.
Johnson is the first player in VCU history to earn a Generation adidas contract. He's the first player to do so during Head Coach Dave Giffard's three-year tenure with the Rams, but the 12th player overall since 2006 that Giffard has coached.
During his three-year VCU career, the Happy News, Jamaica native saw action in 67 matches, registering 27 goals and 10 assists. He finished his career with 64 points.
Not only were his individual numbers impressive, but Johnson also helped lead the Rams to 12 victories in 2012, the most since 2007, and finished the season ranked No. 25 in the country. The Rams qualified for the NCAA Tournament and were a national seed for the first time since 2004.
Prior to his collegiate career, Johnson made a name for himself on the Jamaican Men's Senior National Team, making his debut on Feb. 10, 2010. He was also a member of the Jamaica's Under-23 Olympic Qualifying squad.