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Sports in brief: Three USF Bulls taken in MLS draft

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Three Bulls taken in MLS superdraft

USF junior forward Dom Dwyer, who led the Big East with 16 goals as the Bulls reached the NCAA Elite Eight, was picked in the first round of Thursday's Major League Soccer SuperDraft, going 16th to Sporting Kansas City.

The Montreal Impact selected Duke forward Andrew Wenger with the first overall pick.

Two other Bulls were drafted. Defender Aubrey Perry went to the Columbus Crew in the second round (26th overall) and goalkeeper Chris Blais to the San Jose Earthquakes (33rd overall).

Greg Auman, Times staff writer

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Sports in brief: Three USF Bulls taken in MLS draft 01/12/12 [Last modified: Thursday, January 12, 2012 10:51pm]

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