Former Curley and UMBC soccer star Oumar Ballo selected in the MLS SuperDraft

Former Curley and UMBC soccer star Oumar Ballo drafted by the Houston Dynamo in Thursday's MLS SuperDraft.

Former Archbishop Curley star Oumar Ballo was selected in the second round of the Major League Soccer Superdraft on Thursday.

The 30th overall pick by the Houston Dynamo, Ballo was a three-year starter at UMBC and the program's first two-time All-America selection. This season, he was the main cog on defense as the Retrievers (14-6-5) reached the College Cup for the first time in program history.

They posted upset wins over ranked Wake Forest, Maryland and Louisville -- all shutouts -- before losing to Virginia in the semifinals, 1-0.  Soccer America named Ballo to its Men's College MVP first team.

Ballo enjoyed a stellar four-year career at Curley and was a three-time All-Metro first-team selection. The Dynamo made a trade with Sporting Kansas City to move up in the draft to select Ballo.

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