CHICAGO – Saint Louis University defender Lennart Hein was drafted by the Portland Timbers in the 2019 Major League Soccer SuperDraft, which was held Friday in Chicago. 

Hein was taken in the second round and was the 48th overall pick. The selection comes on the heels of an impressive performance at last week's MLS combine.

In the tradition-rich history of Saint Louis men's soccer, Hein graduates as one of the Billikens' top defenders in school annals. A two-time first-team All-Conference and a second-team All-Region honoree in 2018, Hein played every game on the Billikens' back line as a senior and also contributed two assists. Earlier this year, the International Business major was selected as one of 30 candidates in NCAA soccer for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award, which goes to student-athletes who combine athletic and academic prowess.

Saint Louis University has a strong tradition of sending its players to Major League Soccer. Hein is the 28th Billiken taken in the draft since the MLS' inaugural season in 1996. One of those players, Jack Jewsbury, played six seasons for Portland and is currently the organization's Director of Business Development.