RICHMOND, Va. – Another VCU Soccer player's professional dream came true Tuesday when senior Juan Arbelaez (pictured right) was selected by the Montreal Impact in the third round of Major League Soccer's Supplemental Draft.
Arbelaez joins classmate Jason Johnson, who was chosen 13th overall by the Houston Dynamo in last week's MLS Draft.
"We're very excited for Juan as he begins the next step of his career," said Head Coach Dave Giffard. "He has made big gains over the last two years with us and has all the tools to be a good pro. Montreal got not only a good player but a great person with Juan."
The Oakwood, Ga. native only spent a pair of seasons with the Black and Gold, but was a valuable part of the Rams' success. During his two years, Arbelaez scored a goal and added five assists for seven points from his midfield position.
This past season, Arbelaez helped lead the Rams to 12 victories, the most since 2007, and a No. 25 ranking in the final NSCAA Poll. The Rams qualified for the NCAA Tournament and were a national seed for the first time since 2004.
Prior to VCU, Arbelaez spent two seasons at Georgia Perimeter College, where as a freshman with the Jags, he scored eight goals and added 11 assists.
Arbelaez and Johnson will look to join Gonzalo Segares and Dominic Oduro, both of the Chicago Fire, as VCU Soccer alumni playing in the MLS.