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George Malki Selected No. 37 by Montreal in 2014 MLS SuperDraft

George Malki Selected No. 37 by Montreal in 2014 MLS SuperDraft


SAN LUIS OBISPO – Former Cal Poly men's soccer midfielder George Malki made program history on Thursday afternoon by becoming the highest Mustang selected in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft. Malki, a four-year starter at Cal Poly, was taken by Montreal Impact with pick No. 37 in the second round.

A two-time All-Big West Conference second team honoree, Malki was the only Mustang selected during Thursday's opening two rounds of the MLS SuperDraft and the third Big West player chosen.

"I thought I might go in the later rounds so I trained this morning, took a nap and that's when (Cal Poly women's soccer assistant coach) Bernardo Silva called and told me. I flew out of bed and started yelling," Malki said. "Tears came to my eyes. I called my parents and both my mom and dad were in tears. This is my dream and I've taken the next step toward it. I still need to go out and prove myself though.

"Montreal's technical director called and congratulated me. They see me as a winger, someone who can cut in from the right side. I'm going to come in fit and ready to go. They've seen me a couple times within our system at Cal Poly."

Ranked fourth in Cal Poly program history with 72 career appearances, Malki earned his second successive All-Big West honor in November after scoring twice and totaling three assists. He appeared in all 21 games for the 2013 Mustangs.

As a junior in 2012, Malki scored a career-high four goals and earned three assists after starting 16 of 18 games.

A former member of the United States National Team player pool at U-17 level, Malki's previous experience at professional clubs include training with Swedish Superettan (second division) side Assyriska Föreningen in 2012 and Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon in 2008.

The previous highest selected Mustang in the MLS SuperDraft was midfielder Junior Burgos (2009-10), who was picked 44th overall by Toronto FC during the third round of the 2011 draft.

Montreal Impact's only other selection on Thursday was Creighton defender Eric Miller (No. 5).

The 2014 MLS SuperDraft will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 21 with the third and fourth rounds.