Adjeman-Pamboe Selected in the Second Round of the MLS SuperDraft
Jan. 15, 2009
ST. LOUIS - After a spectacular senior season and a strong showing at the MLS Player Combine, forward Kwame Adjeman-Pamboe was selected by the Colorado Rapids in the second round (28th overall pick) of the 2009 MLS SuperDraft, held on Thursday afternoon in St. Louis, Mo. Adjeman-Pamboe becomes the seventh player in Mason history to be selected in the MLS draft and the first since Anthony Noreiga was selected by the Kansas City Wizards in 2006.
Adjeman-Pamboe was one of a select group of 65 college seniors to participate in the 2009 Major League Soccer adidas Player Combine, which was held on Jan. 9-13 at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. With the coaching and management staffs of all 15 MLS teams in attendance, Adjeman-Pamboe's play caught the eye of Rapids' head coach Gary Smith.
"I saw him at the combine and was very impressed," Smith said. "He is a very explosive and creative individual. He will add some much needed energy and creativity to the team."
Adjeman-Pamboe earned First-Team All-CAA honors during his senior season after leading George Mason and ranking among the top-10 in the CAA in goals (9), assists (7) and points (25). The Bowie, Md. native was instrumental in helping the Patriots' capture their first CAA Championship since the 1989 season. He was named the Most Outstanding Performer at the CAA Men's Soccer Championship after contributing four goals and an assist in three Patriot wins at the event.
"We are very proud and happy for Kwame," said George Mason head coach Greg Andrulis. "He is not only a terrific player but more importantly he is a great person. The Mason soccer family is grateful for his contributions on and off the field, including helping us win the CAA Championship this season. We wish him the very best in this next step of his career."
Since 1985, a total of 35 former George Mason players have moved on to play professionally or for their national teams. After finishing a successful playing career in the MLS, Mason alum Denis Hamlett moved into the coaching ranks and completed his first season as head coach of the Chicago Fire in 2008.