Chivas USA draft Casey Townsend
There’s a new Goat in town. Chivas USA had just one pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft, but made the most of it, drafting forward Casey Townsend with the fifth overall selection.
Townsend, 22, was named the Tom Fitzgerald 2012 Combine MVP earlier this week, after scoring goals and impressing coaches and GMs around the league. The 5’11” Townsend has been described as a smart forward with quickness, aerial ability and great timing.
“I’m really excited,” Townsend told MLSsoccer.com after being selected. “I had a great meeting with [Chivas USA] when we were at the combine. I love their mentality and they got me really excited about coming out there. They were my gut feeling and I’m happy I fell to them.”
Townsend played four years at the University of Maryland. He was named a NSCAA Second Team All-American in his senior season, scoring 17 goals for the Terrapins. Townsend was also a team captain at Maryland, emerging as a leader in his senior season and finishing his college career with 43 total goals.
After meeting with the Chivas USA technical staff, Townsend said he got a great feeling about the club, and the way they plan to use him.
“[The coaches] said they think I maybe can step on the field and play right away,” he told MLSsoccer.com. “They love my mentality- they see that I’m a hard worker and they seem the same way, they’re competitive guys and I think I’ll fit right in.”
When asked to describe his playing style to Chivas USA fans, Townsend was already beginning to sound like a possible fan favorite in 2012.
“I’m a hard working forward and I love to score goals,” the Goats rookie told MLSsoccer.com. “I’m going to give my all every game and hopefully I can score a lot of goals and help us win.”