Hakan Ilhan Selected Eighth Overall In MLS Supplemental Draft By Montreal

UNCGSpartans.com 01-21-2013
Courtesy: UNCGSpartans.com


GREENSBORO, N.C. – UNCG senior forward Hakan Ilhan (Stuttgart, Germany/Univ. of Stuttgart) was selected eighth overall in the first round of the 2013 Major League Soccer (MLS) Supplemental Draft by the Montreal Impact. Ilhan was the first player from the Southern Conference drafted in the Supplemental Draft and the 46th player overall selected after the first two rounds of the MLS Super Draft.

"I am extremely excited that Hakan has been taken in the first round of the Supplemental Draft," head coach Justin Maullin said. "We have had several players drafted into the MLS over the years and Hakan is certainly up there with the highest quality. His back-to-goal play, his movement around the box and his overall soccer savvy should translate into having a very good future at Montreal. I want to thank Montreal and their staff for showing confidence in Hakan and we wish him well in his professional endeavors."

Ilhan becomes the sixth Spartan all-time to be drafted into the MLS since the inaugural draft in 1996. He joins the likes of former Spartans Jokull Elisabetarson (2009, fourth round, Chicago Fire), Scott Jones (2007, third round, FC Dallas), Randi Patterson (2007, fifth round, New York Red Bulls), Alejandro Moreno (2002, third round, Los Angeles Galaxy) and Rusty Pierce (2000, second round, New England Revolution).

Ilhan earned First Team All-SoCon honors all three years for UNCG as he finished his career tied for 16th all-time in school history with 29 goals scored and 21st all-time with 19 assists. He tallied 77 total points in his career, including 31 as a sophomore, 25 as a junior and 21 as a senior.

A three-year letterwinner, Ilhan scored a team-high 21 points this past fall as he scored a team-high seven goals and dished out seven assists. He set the UNCG single-game record for assists in a game in the Division I era when he handed out four assists against Davidson.

Ilhan earned NSCAA All-South Region honors as a junior as well as earning All-SoCon Tournament accolades. He led the Spartans and ranked second in the league in scoring at 25 points, with a team-high 10 goals and handing out five assists. He led the league in scoring his first year at UNCG as a sophomore with 31 points and 12 goals while earning All-Region accolades.

The 2013 MLS season for the Montreal Impact begins March 2 at Seattle. The Impact begins preseason training camp this week in Montreal before heading to Orlando, Fla., Feb. 7-24 for the Disney Pro Classic Tournament.

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