After waiting all weekend for the MLS SuperDraft to pick up again after the opening two rounds were held last Thursday, Reservoir High School grad Colin Bonner got the good news he'd been hoping for almost immediately once things resumed on Tuesday morning.
FC Dallas selected the standout forward, who starred at UNC-Wilmington the past four years, with the fourth pick of the third round (45th overall).
"I was at my house, with the computer hooked up to my TV to make it a little bigger. But it was a relaxed environment. I was watching just like everybody else, waiting for my name to pop up," Bonner said. "When it did, yeah, you have to kind of do a double take … like "that is my name up there, right?' It's definitely something that doesn't sink in right away, but I couldn't be more excited about the opportunity."
Bonner says, while he naturally would have liked to be selected on the first day of the Draft, he believes everything happens for a reason and is excited about what is in front of him.
"I have faith everything will work out and this is the path I was supposed to take. Sure, to have to wait all weekend, you get extra anxious and nervous, but that's just part of the process," he said. "Like I said before, I'm just excited to get to training camp now and show them that they made a good pick."
Bonner was the leading scorer last fall for UNC-Wilmington with seven goals and six assists, helping the Seahawks to an 8-8-3 record. He is just the second player in program history to be drafted into the MLS — Daniel Roberts was selected with the 75th pick in 2012.
In terms of what could potentially be his new home, Bonner says he's been there once before.