USF's Anor goes to Crew in MLS draft
Bernardo Anor was hopeful he would be selected in Thursday's Major League Soccer Superdraft, and he patiently followed the draft online, hitting the "refresh" key on his computer again and again until he saw his own name, going to the Columbus Crew in the draft's third round.
"It was a surprise," said Anor, a 22-year-old midfielder from Venezuela who led the Bulls with 15 points last season on six goals and three assists. "I'm very excited for this opportunity. I can't wait to get started. I've been preparing for this for a long time."
Anor, who graduated last month with a degree in business and finance, reports to Ohio on Monday for a physical and will start working out with his new team next week. He actually trained with the Crew for a week last summer, so he has the benefit of having practiced with his future teammates -- clearly the team liked what they saw.
"We're starting to see, year in and year out, that we are getting players drafted on a consistent basis, and I think that says a tremendous amount about the program we are running here at USF," Bulls coach George Kiefer said in a statement. "More importantly, it says a lot about the hard work that Bernardo has put in during his career."
USF goalkeeper Jeff Attinella, who participated in the MLS combine, was not selected in the draft's three rounds Thursday.