Henderson resident chosen in MLS draft by Portland Timbers

This afternoon, Christian Volesky, 22, forward and former player with the Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club and Foothill High School graduate, was chosen as the 11th pick in the second round (32nd pick overall) of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. When the MLS season begins this spring, his new home will be with the Portland Timbers.

He was selected as one of 55 college players to participate in the combine, which was held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida earlier this week. He is one of two Las Vegans and former Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club players from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville to be invited to the combine. Matt Polster was selected earlier today to play for the Chicago Fire.

Volesky was also the combine’s MVP.

During his acceptance speech, Volesky thanked his family and new team.

“I’m going to put my head down and go to work,” Volesky said during the speech. “Go Portland.”

Speech and draft pick, 2:48:05: http://www.mlssoccer.com/superdraft/2015

MLS Combine video highlights: http://www.mlssoccer.com/video/2015/01/14/highlights-christian-volesky-f-siu-edwardsville-2015-mls-superdraft 

Portland Timbers Twitter page: https://twitter.com/TimbersFC/status/555820560262135808/photo/1

The Oregonian: http://www.oregonlive.com/timbers/index.ssf/2015/01/portland_timbers_take_christia.html