Two-time UW mens soccer captain and defender Aaron Hohlbein was selected by the Kansas City Wizards Thursday with the third pick in the 2007 Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft.
The defender from Middleton, Wis., was named a third-team NSCAA All-American as well as a first-team All-Great Lakes selection after leading the Badgers to within one game of the Big Ten regular season title last fall.
I think its really a credit to Aaron and all the hard work that he put in here at Wisconsin," UW head coach Jeff Rohrman said of Hohlbein's selection. "He opened a lot of eyes to how capable he is of playing at the next level.
"I think he will have a great opportunity to play at Kansas City and that he will perform well at their preseason camp.
Hohlbein leaves Wisconsin as one of the most decorated players in school history. He was a four-time All-Big Ten selection, including first-team laurels in 2005 and 2006.
Prior to being named first-team All-Great Lakes Region this season, Hohlbein earned second-team all-region honors last year. Following his freshman campaign, he was named a College Soccer News second-team Freshman All-American as well as a member of the Big Ten all-freshman team.
Rohrman believes that Hohlbein's selection demonstrates that the Wisconsin soccer program has moved into the national spotlight as a place for developing premier talents.
"Its confirmation that were doing some great things at Madison," Rohrman said, "especially coupled with Nick Van Sicklen being drafted two years ago."
Van Sicklen was the most recent Badger to have been selected in the MLS SuperDraft. He was drafted by D.C. United with the 19th pick in 2005.
The Kansas City Wizards play in the Eastern Conference of the MLS. Last season, Kansas City finished one game out of the fourth and final playoff spot in the east. The Wizards won the MLS title in 2000.