NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – An Iona College soccer player is taking his talents to the West Coast after being drafted by the defending champion Los Angeles Galaxy in the first round of the Major League Soccer SuperDraft.
Senior midfielder Ignacio Magnato became the first draftee in program history on Thursday night, after being chosen with the final pick of the first round – 21st overall – by the Galaxy, arguably the league’s most decorated club, with five championships.
The Spanish product, 23, who spent five years with Getafe FC overseas before coming to Iona, has been a four-year standout for the Gaels. He ended his career with a flourish, scoring a career-high 11 goals and five assists in his senior season.
Magnato was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Offensive Player of the Year, earning first team NSCAA All-Northeast Region and ECAC All-Star First honors.
Following his senior season, Magnato raised his draft stock and caught the eye of scouts with a zenith performance at the MLS Combine, tallying an assist off a corner kick while playing for Team Predator. He was dubbed one of the top five central midfield draft prospects by MLSSoccer.com after his first-day performance.
Magnato thrives both on the field and in the classroom. The international business major has been named to the MAAC Academic Honor Roll and All-American Team three times. He is the ninth player in league history to be drafted to the professional level.
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