BALTIMORE—UMBC forward Levi Houapeu (Germantown, Md./Watkins Mill) was selected by the Philadelphia Union with the 41st selection in the 2011 Major League Soccer Super Draft.
Houapeu is the first UMBC player to be selected in the league's annual draft and hopes to become the first to compete in the United States' premier soccer league. He was the fifth player selected in the draft's third and final round.
Philadelphia was awarded Major League Soccer's 16th team on February 28th, 2008 and played its first ever match, a 2-0 loss to Seattle Sounders FC on March 25th, 2010. The Union posted a record of 8-15-7 in their inaugural season, finishing seventh in the eight-team Eastern Conference.
The Union play home games at PPL Park, a state-of-the-art 18,500-seat stadium in Chester, Pa.
Houapeu capped his four years at UMBC by earning 2010 NSCAA/Performance Subaru Men's NCAA Division I Third Team All-American honors. He was the 2009 America East Midfielder of the Year and the 2010 America East Striker of the Year.
Houapeu, a financial economics major at UMBC, amassed 77 points (30 goals, 17 assists) in his junior and senior seasons, the most of any NCAA Division I player in that span.