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Liberty's Bentick Taken in First Round of MLS Supplemental Draft
Liberty men's soccer player Uriah Bentick was selected in the first round of the 2013 Major League Soccer (MLS) Supplemental Draft, held earlier today.
Bentick, a defender from Port of Spain, Trinidad, was chosen by the Philadelphia Union with the 17th pick of the first round of the draft. With his selection, he becomes the highest Big South Conference player picked by an MLS team in this year's draft.
Bentick becomes the eighth Flames soccer player to be drafted by a MLS team. Liberty has had eight players selected by MLS teams over the past nine years. Defender Hollis Donaldson became the first Flame drafted in 2005, while last season, two players, forward Darren Amoo and Phillip Aseweh, were selected.
"The Alder family and our coaching staff is humbled and blessed by being a part of Uriah's life during the past four years," stated Liberty head coach Jeff Alder. "He is an outstanding human being with the physical and mental makeup to be successful at the professional level.
His testimony for God and Liberty University during his time with our program and on our campus has been exemplary."
Bentick was a key member of the Flames' defensive corps during his four years at Liberty.
The defender earned Big South All-Conference honors three times during his career, being selected to the first team in 2010 and 2011 and to the second team this past season. He also was named to the Big South All-Academic team this past year.
In addition, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) named Bentick to its Division I South Atlantic Region team three times.
During his final season, the defender started every Liberty contest, scoring one goal and recording a team-leading four assists. He also helped anchor a defense which allowed 1.11 goals per game. The sport management major also earned inclusion on the Big South All-Academic squad.
Bentick played in 62 games during his Liberty career, compiling 25 points on eight goals and nine assists. The defender also earned inclusion on the Big South Presidential Honor Roll the past three years.