Khiry Shelton Signs with MLS Ahead of SuperDraft
Khiry Shelton, the Oregon State senior who played for Lane United FC during the 2014 PDL season, has signed a contract with Major League Soccer prior to the league’s 2015 SuperDraft. He is one of eight college seniors to sign contracts with the league ahead of the draft, and one of only two from the PAC-12.
Shelton was named PAC-12 Player of the Year in November after his stellar senior year, in which he finished with 10 goals over 21 games. His 12 assists were good for second in the country. He has been tipped as a top-5 prospect in the draft.
The SuperDraft only includes players from NCAA schools, although MLS clubs also acquire international players and student-athletes during the offseason. Shelton’s contract is for three years, with an option for a fourth, to be picked up by whichever MLS team drafts him. The Portland Timbers currently hold the fifth pick, putting them at the forefront of the discussion surrounding Shelton, who played for the Timbers U-23s in the MLS’ Homegrown showcase during the 2014 All-Star Weekend.
Lane United FC head coach John Galas was full of praise for Shelton: “We want to congratulate Khiry on signing his first pro contract with the MLS. He has worked very hard to reach this milestone. It has always been a matter of ‘when’ with Khiry; he is an exceptional talent and becoming a professional is no surprise to us. I’d like to personally thank Khiry for playing with Lane United this past year, we are grateful for his contributions to the club and wish him nothing but the best as he enters this new chapter of his footballing life.”
“My time at Lane United FC was a blast,” Shelton said. “I didn’t know what to expect coming into a new club but I had one of the best experiences at the club. The fans were incredible, chanting each player’s name and staying after every game and building relationships with each one of us — it was fantastic.”
The MLS SuperDraft will be held at 12:30 p.m. (ET) in Philadelphia next Wednesday, January 15. Keep in touch with the Lane United FC Twitter feed for news about where Khiry Shelton lands.