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SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Former Cal Poly men's soccer center back and four-time All-Big West Conference selection Patrick Sigler will gain a glimpse of his professional future when the 2012 Major League Soccer SuperDraft gets underway on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 9 a.m. PT.
Televised live on ESPN2, online at ESPN3.com and held at the Kansas City Convention Center, the two-round draft consists of 38 selections. Expansion club Montreal Impact have the first pick. A four-round, 76-selection supplemental draft will follow on Monday, Jan. 17.
The Cal Poly program's career leader with 79 starts, Sigler is back on the central coast following a Jan. 6-10 stint at the Major League Soccer Combine in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The combine, utilized by coaching and technical staffs of the 19 MLS franchises to evaluate talent, consisted of three closed-door matches.
"I thought I performed well and held my own at the combine and given the professional setup, it was a once in a lifetime experience. Of course, there were moments I wish would have played out differently at the combine, but that's the way it goes sometimes," said Sigler, looking to become the second Mustang in as many years to be drafted following Toronto FC's selection of forward Junior Burgos at No. 44 in 2011. "My expectations would be to be selected in either round (Thursday) and if not, be taken during the supplemental draft. The end goal remains to be a first-choice selection for a club and earn my position by working hard every day."
As a senior this past fall, Sigler helped the Mustangs set program defensive records for fewest goals conceded (17, in 18 games) and fewest goals allowed per game (0.94). With Sigler in the lineup, the 2011 Mustangs also led the Big West with a 0.90 team goals against average. A starter in all 18 matches in 2011, Sigler converted match-winning penalties against NCAA Tournament participants UC Irvine (Sept. 28) and UC Santa Barbara (Oct. 14).
The only Cal Poly player to have ever been nominated for the Hermann Trophy (2009), Sigler earned Co-Big West Freshman of the Year honors and was named to the all-conference first team in 2008 after helping the Mustangs concede just 1.00 goals per match and scoring five times himself. He also earned All-Big West first team praise in 2010 and 2011 and second team recognition in 2009.