Senior midfielder and Madison, Wis. native, Nick Van Sicklen became the fourth Badger to be drafted in the MLS SuperDraft, Friday in Baltimore, Md. Chosen in the second round (19th overall), 2004 MLS Cup champion D.C. United used their first pick to acquire Van Sicklen.
I heard this morning from Coach Rohrman that D.C. was interested, but I never expected to be drafted in the second round, said Van Sicklen. I surpassed all my hopes by being drafted so high and to such a great team. Im honored to be a part of this organization.
D.C. United made only two selections at the 2005 MLS SuperDraft on Friday in Baltimore. Van Sicklen was the club's first choice as the 19th overall selection and defender Tim Merritt (North Carolina) was the final pick in the fourth round (No. 48).
We felt like Nick would satisfy our primary need, said United head coach Peter Nowak. There were a lot of good players at the combine, but were excited to be working with Nick.
While there is a lot expected of Van Sicklen, he says he is too excited to be nervous, just yet.
It will be great to play alongside the likes of Freddy Adu, Ben Olsen and Alecko Eskandarian, said Van Sicklen. They have a phenomenal team and coach. It is even more exciting that D.C. has such a great fan baseI cant tell you the chills I had hearing my name chanted by the D.C. fans at the draft.
Van Sicklen had tried out for a handful of foreign teams in Europe, but is very pleased to be staying stateside.
I am thrilled to be playing in America and with D.C. United, said Van Sicklen. Although, most of my family resides in the Midwest, D.C. is much closer to the Midwest then Germany is and Washington, D.C. is a great city so I am happy about living there.
Van Sicklen will be on the move soon as the D.C. United team will gather Friday, January 28th to begin pre-season training in preparation for the 2005 MLS campaign.
Van Sicklen ranks fourth in Wisconsin's all-time record book with 76 career points. As a senior, he led the Big Ten Conference with 12 goals and seven assists for 31 points. He was the third of 11 Big Ten Conference athletes selected in this year's draft.