NASHVILLE, Tenn. - After closing the book on a decorated career in the purple and gold, former Lipscomb men’s soccer player Josue Chavez is now just one day from potentially having his childhood dream come true.
Earlier this week Chavez saw his name appear on the draft-eligible list for the 2017 Major League Soccer SuperDraft, which will begin Friday, January 13th.
“This is really, really exciting for me,” Chavez said. “Since I was a little kid it has been a dream of mine to play in the MLS. At the end of the day, I am feeling real honored and blessed that it could potentially happen.”
Each year MLS teams are required to submit a list of players they are interested in selecting during the SuperDraft. This year’s list is comprised of 268 names, only three of which are from the ASUN Conference.
“The way I found out was I got a text from a buddy congratulating me and I had no idea what he was talking about,” Chavez said. “So I immediately went and looked it up. When I saw my name I was in awe.”
In five seasons as a Bison, Chavez played an integral role in ushering in a new brand of soccer to the Lipscomb program. While on campus he helped the program to an impressive 44 victories, an ASUN Regular Season Championship and some of the biggest milestones in school history.
The Longmont, Colorado native is a veteran attacker who made 53 starts at the forward and midfield positions. He scored 10 goals and eight assists before closing the curtain on a career that placed him among the top five ASUN active career leaders in goals, assists and points.
He was named the league’s player of the week once and was awarded the MVP of the Hyatt Place Select Invite as a junior in 2015.
In his final season in the Music City, Chavez finished third on the team with three goals, three assists and nine points in 13 matches.
Chavez is the first Bison to make the list since Luke Gearin and Omar Djabi in 2015.
The other ASUN players alongside Chavez on the draft-eligible list are North Florida’s Jay Bolt and NJIT’s Richard Oldham.
“Now I just have to sit back and wait for Friday and see if my dream becomes a reality, Chavez said.”
The first two rounds of the 2017 SuperDraft will be held in Los Angeles, California on Friday before wrapping up with rounds three and four via a conference call on Tuesday, January 17.