Hollinger-Janzen drafted by Revolution #iums

After waiting through two rounds of the MLS SuperDraft last week, only to never hear his name called, Indiana senior Femi Hollinger-Janzen finally saw his dream come true when he was selected with the 51st overall pick by the New England Revolution in the third round on Tuesday.

“It’s exciting starting a new chapter of my life, a new experience at the professional level and getting to play against the best players in the world,” Hollinger-Janzen said on Monday as he awaited word on his destination.

That turned out to be New England, where he’ll team up with another former Hoosier in Lee Nguyen, a finalist for MLS MVP in 2014 and recent callup for the United States men’s national team.

Hollinger-Janzen is the 44th Indiana player to be selected in the MLS Draft since the league inception in 1996 and the first since A.J. Corrado and Nikita Kotlov were drafted in 2014. Hollinger-Janzen finished his IU career with 22 goals and eight assists while starting 60 of 88 matches and helping the Hoosiers to the 2012 national title, earning College Cup All-Tournament Team honors after scoring the game-winning goal in the national semifinals against Creighton. He was a two-time All-Big Ten first team selection and a two-time NSCAA All-Region pick.

“It’s an exciting day for Femi and the IU soccer program,” IU coach Todd Yeagley said in a press release. “The New England Revolution is a great club. Several IU greats have played for the Revs over the years. Femi hasn’t hit his potential, and I am confident he will grow and develop within the Revs organization. We are proud to have Femi join a distinguished list of IU players who have been selected in the MLS draft.”

Hollinger-Janzen was drafted as a forward, but got look at outside midfield and outside back during the MLS Combine. Wherever he can find a place to play, he’ll do it.

“I’m pretty flexible,” he said. “I wouldn’t care where I played as long as I’m getting minutes.”