Ghana defender Roy Boateng was drafted in the first round of the MLS Superdraft at No. 16 overall by the New York Red Bulls.

The recent managerial economics graduate was born in Accra, Ghana and came to the states as a young boy.

Boateng is the third Aggie alumni drafted into the MLS; he earned one of 60 invitations to the MLS combine in early January and participated Jan. 3 through Jan. 9.

Before the draft, the New York Red Bulls acquired two draft picks in a trade with FC Cincinnati for $100,000 according to the Red Bulls website, one of which was used on Boateng.

Boateng racked up a number of accolades in his four year collegiate career, earning All-Big West Conference awards in all four seasons and first-team honors in his last two.

As captain of the men’s soccer team, Boateng led the Aggies and the defensive line to eight total shutouts in their recent 2018-19 season, tying the mark for most shutouts in a season since the program was brought up to the Division I level.

The Aggies made it to the Big West tournament championship game back in November, but lost to UC Riverside in penalty kicks.