Nashville, Tenn. – Following stellar careers at Lipscomb, former men’s soccer stars Luke Gearin and Omar Djabi inched a step closer to their ultimate dream Wednesday when both players saw their names revealed on the draft-eligible list for the 2015 Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft.
Each year MLS teams are required to submit a list of players they may be interested in taking during the SuperDraft, thus making them draft-eligible. The 2015 list is comprised of 257 names, including Gearin and Djabi.
“I am happy for Luke and Omar to be considered for the draft,” Lipscomb coach Charles Morrow said. “Ultimately, whether it’s with the MLS or any other league, this recognition gives them exposure that will hopefully lead them to landing on a team and continuing their career.
“The recognition is also great for our program. For recruits to see that a successful career here at Lipscomb can garner MLS attention and an opportunity is important.”
Only a three-year player at Lipscomb, Gearin took major strides in 2014 and showed why he is deservedly listed among the top players in the nation.
The Australian native became the school’s first-ever NSCAA Division I All-Southeast Region first team selection after finishing second in the Atlantic Sun with a career-high eight goals and 16 total points during his senior campaign.
Gearin was named the A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on the first team All-Conference.
In his Lipscomb career Gearin tallied 15 goals, the third most in the school’s NCAA era. His 30 total points stand fourth on the career charts.
Playing in 73 career games, Djabi finished his career as one of the most accomplished players to ever don the Purple and Gold.
Although the 2014 A-Sun Preseason Co-Player of the Year wrapped up his Lipscomb career with an impressive senior campaign, Djabi saw his best season as a junior, registering a league-leading nine goals and three assists on his way to being named the A-Sun Player of the Year, the first time a Bison has ever earned the honor.
To complement his two goals in 2014, Djabi tacked on a career-high six assists to rank third in the league.
Over his four years in Nashville, the Valencia, Venezuela native has re-written the Lipscomb record books. His 12 career assists are the second most in school history, while his 40 total points and 14 goals rank third and fourth.
Gearin and Djabi can now only sit and wait to see if their names are called.
“As Lipscomb continues to mature as a program, the level of our recruits continues to increase,” Morrow said. “It is important for top players to see that their goals after college can be accomplished here at Lipscomb.”
Gearin and Djabi are two of only three A-Sun players who made the list. Henry Penagos of Florida Gulf Coast is the other.
The four-round draft is set to begin with rounds 1 and 2 at 11:30 a.m. CT on Thursday Jan. 15 in Philadelphia, Pa. The draft concludes with rounds 3 and 4 on Tuesday, Jan. 20.