Jan. 22, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana University senior defender Caleb Konstanski was taken by Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire as the 61st overall selection in today's MLS Supplemental Draft.
Konstanski joins forward Eriq Zavaleta (Seattle Sounders) and goalkeeper Luis Soffner (New England Revolution) as 2013 Hoosier MLS picks. Zavaleta and Soffner were taken in the two-round SuperDraft last Thursday.
"I just want to thank everyone who made this dream possible," Konstanski said. "I am looking forward to this next challenge in my life. I can't thank the IU Soccer family enough for all the support."
"I really excited for Caleb and the opportunity that sits in front of him with Chicago," said head coach Todd Yeagley. "They have been a successful club in this league and it is a wonderful opportunity for Caleb to head into preseason and show the team what he is able to do. It is great for our program to have another player drafted by Major League Soccer in 2013."
The Bloomington native started 70 of 76 career matches for the Hoosiers, spending almost all of that time at center back. Konstanski made 46-consecutive starts for IU, including all 24 games in 2012 as the Hoosiers captured the program's eighth national title.
Konstanski served as team co-captain in 2012 and helped anchor a defense that posted 12 shutouts on the season, including three-straight shutout wins over North Carolina, Creighton and Georgetown to win the 2012 College Cup.
A strong target on set pieces, Konstanski also contributed two goals and an assist in 2012, including the game-winning goal in a 2-0 victory over SIUE. Konstanski was named to the 2012 All-Big Ten second team and the College Cup All-Tournament team.