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Creighton's Lucas Stauffer and Ricky Lopez-Espin, UNO's Xavier Gomez selected in MLS draft
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Creighton's Lucas Stauffer and Ricky Lopez-Espin, UNO's Xavier Gomez selected in MLS draft

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A pair of Creighton soccer players and one from UNO were selected in Friday's MLS draft. All three were selected in the second round.

The Vancouver Whitecaps took defender Lucas Stauffer with the 26th overall pick, and forward Ricky Lopez-Espin was drafted by Real Salt Lake at No. 33. They are the 39th and 40th MLS draft picks in Creighton history with seven selected in the last three years.

UNO's Xavier Gomez went to Minnesota United at No. 41 overall. It's the second time in three years a Maverick has been selected in the MLS draft after Emir Alihodzic was picked by the Seattle Sounders in 2016.

Stauffer, a two-time first-team All-Big East selection, started every match the last three seasons. He led the team in minutes played in 2016 and had two goals and six assists.

Lopez-Espin was also a first-team All-Big East selection and was the conference's co-offensive player of the year. He finished with 12 goals and three assists.

Gomez was a three-year starter for UNO and helped lead the Mavericks to their first NCAA tournament berth. He was named first-team All-Summit League this past season and led the conference with eight assists. He also scored five goals.

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