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January 17, 2012

Feighner Selected by Seattle in Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT RESULTS

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Wes Feighner became the second Cal Poly men's soccer player in as many years to be drafted professionally as the former Mustang left back was selected during the fourth round of Tuesday's Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft by Seattle Sounders FC.

Feighner (Los Alamitos, Calif.), taken with the 72nd overall selection in the supplemental draft, started 67 of the 68 matches he appeared in during his Mustang career (2008-11). Feighner earned the second of his two All-Big West Conference second team honors this past fall after helping Cal Poly set program single-season defensive records for fewest goals conceded (17, in 18 games) and fewest goals allowed per game (0.94). The 2011 Mustangs also led the Big West with a 0.90 team goals against average.

As a junior in 2010, Feighner notched three assists in 18 starts to earn NSCAA All-Far West Region second team recognition. Feighner also started all 23 matches as a freshman in 2008 and scored four goals to help lift Cal Poly to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 13 years.

Also a standout performer in the classroom, Feighner is a three-time Big West Fall All-Academic honoree. A finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award this past fall, Feighner – a kinesiology major – was honored as the 2011 Big West Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

"It's an honor to be selected, even though I didn't have high expectations due to my injury," said Feighner, who missed Cal Poly's last five games in 2011 because to a dislocated kneecap. "Having missed the MLS Combine and training sessions with any club, I figured I was a long shot. Now I have something to focus on and I look forward to attending Seattle's camp. I've rehabbed the injury and am back to playing soccer."

Among Cal Poly's MLS draftees, Feighner follows forward Junior Burgos, who was taken 44th overall in the 2011 SuperDraft.

Tuesday's supplemental draft followed the Jan. 12 MLS SuperDraft, which consisted of two rounds and 38 selections.

Seattle will open its fourth year of Major League Soccer play on Saturday, March 17 when hosting Toronto FC inside CenturyLink Field. The club has not yet finalized its preseason schedule.