DePuy Taken No. 19 Overall by Montreal in MLS SuperDraft
UC Santa Barbara forward Nick DePuy became the sixth player in school history to be selected in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft, when he was picked No. 19 overall by the Montreal Impact on Friday afternoon.
The first athlete in Big West history to be tabbed Offensive Player of the Year three times, DePuy joined the likes of Luis Silva, Sam Garza, Chris Pontius, Ciaran O’Brien and Andy Iro as former Gaucho MLS first round selections.
DePuy is the 30th UCSB player all-time to be drafted into the MLS ranks.
The Irvine, Calif. native imprinted his name on the Big West record book after a decorated career that saw him earn first team NSCAA All-American honors in 2015, as well as NSCAA All-Region accolades on three occasions.
DePuy scored 31 career goals to tie him for No. 7 all-time in the conference annals alongside current MLS player Brad Evans (UC Irvine) and former Gaucho Rob Friend. His knack for the dramatic also registered in the record book as his 16 career game-winning goals rank No. 3 in Big West history. In addition, he took 226 shots to rank No. 4 all-time.
This marks the fourth straight year that Montreal has selected a Big West representative. The Impact took Cal Poly’s George Malki (2nd round, 37th overall) in 2014, UC Irvine’s Cameron Iwasa (4th round, 65th overall) in 2015, and UC Riverside’s Michael Salazar (2nd round, 24th overall) in 2016.
DePuy’s ascension to one of the most potent and feared strikers in all of college soccer didn’t happen immediately. Originally a midfielder and briefly a center back, DePuy became an offensive terror for UCSB when he converted to forward midway through his sophomore campaign.
All 31 career goals took place over the final two and a half years of his collegiate career, including in 2015 when he led the nation during the regular season with 15.
DePuy also twice earned a spot on the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List, and was a semifinalist for the prestigious award in 2015.
He is the highest Gaucho draftee by the MLS since 2012 when Silva and Garza were selected fourth and sixth overall by Toronto FC and the San Jose Earthquakes, respectively.