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Bumbut Drafted by MLS Chicago Fire

January 25, 2008
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Liberty forward Adrian Bumbut was drafted yesterday by Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire

Liberty forward Adrian Bumbut was drafted yesterday by Major League Soccer's Chicago Fire

Former Liberty University men's soccer forward Adrian Bumbut was selected in the second round of the 2008 Major League Soccer (MLS) Supplemental Draft yesterday.

Bumbut becomes the fourth Flames soccer player drafted by a MLS team. The forward was taken in the second round by the Chicago Fire, joining former Liberty teammate Osei Telesford. He joins Telesford, Darryl Roberts and Hollis Donaldson as Liberty players drafted by MLS squads. All four players have been selected in the past three years.

"The Liberty Soccer family is excited about Adrian being drafted by the Chicago Fire," stated Flames Head Coach Jeff Alder. "They are a first-class enterprise, and I feel they will provide a great environment for him to grow as a player. Adrian has worked extremely hard to develop as a player and a person during his time at Liberty, and I feel he is getting rewarded for his efforts and faithfulness."

Bumbut helped lead Liberty to its first-ever Big South Championship and an appearance in the NCAA Men's College Soccer Cup this past season. The forward completed his career ranked fourth on the Liberty all-time points list with 79 markers, while tying for fourth on the school's all-time goals list with 32. The Zalau, Romania native garnered All-South Atlantic Region second team honors this fall, after finishing tied for second in the Big South Conference with 29 points on 12 goals and five assists. His goal total also tied him for second on the conference's goal list. Bumbut led the Flames in scoring for the third-straight year.

The forward was named an All-Big South first-team member this season and also was selected to the VaSID All-State first team. Bumbut led the conference with five game-winning goals, as the Flames posted a 13-5-2 record.

Bumbut, who graduated from Liberty in December, reports to training camp with the Fire next week.