ST. LOUIS - Saint Louis forward Mike Roach (St. Louis, Mo./Chaminade) was drafted by the New England Revolution in today's Major League Soccer Supplemental Draft. Roach was the No. 3 pick in the fourth round.
"We are happy for Mike and excited about this opportunity," SLU head coach Mike McGinty said. "I enjoyed the opportunity to coach Mike for two years. He has withstood a number of setbacks out of his control, and he's kept his head up and has done everything the right way. Mike deserves this opportunity. We are always excited to see our players pursue their dreams, whether it be in their professional lives or on the playing field."
Roach transferred to SLU after his freshman season at Indiana and made an immediate impact as a Billiken. During his sophomore season in 2009, Roach led the team with 24 points (11G, 2A) and guided the Billikens to the A-10 Tournament title, earning Most Outstanding Player honors at the tourney in the process.
Roach missed the majority of 2010 with an injury, appearing in only six matches. In limited action late in the season, he scored against Temple and assisted on a game-tying goal that helped deliver a crucial draw against Massachusetts in A-10 play.
Roach's senior season also was impacted by an injury. Despite missing six games, he finished third on the team with eight points, which included a team-leading four assists.Roach, who is expected to join the Revolution in their training camp in Arizona, will try to join five other Billikens active in MLS - Brandon Barklage (DC United), Brad Davis (Houston Dynamo), Jack Jewsbury (Portland Timbers), Tim Ream (New York Red Bulls) and Tim Ward (San Jose Earthquakes).