Toye drafted 7th by Minnesota in MLS SuperDraft

Indiana University freshman forward Mason Toye was selected seventh overall in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft Friday by Minnesota United FC.

Toye, a South Orange, N.J., native, became the 46th IU player selected in the draft since the league’s inception in 1996 and the 11th Hoosier selected in the first round. This is the third straight draft in which an Indiana player has been chosen, as Femi Hollinger-Janzen went to the New England Revolution in 2016 and Tanner Thompson was also taken by Minnesota in 2017 before ultimately playing with the NASL’s Indy Eleven.

The Big Ten Freshman of the Year and IU’s leading scorer in 2017 with 10 goals, Toye entered the draft after signing a Generation Adidas deal with MLS, foregoing his final three years of college eligibility.

“I want to thank my IU soccer family for your support this year. You guys have been amazing,” Toye said in his podium speech after being drafted. “I want to thank my teammates at IU, hope you guys are watching. wassup? You guys have been amazing as well. Thank you for pushing me every day in training and for all the great memories.

“I want to thank my coaches at IU, Coach (Todd) Yeagley, Coach (Brian) Maisonneuve, Coach (Kevin) Robson. You guys have been great. You guys have also been a huge part in my development as well, and I wouldn’t be here without you.”