Georgia State redshirt senior and Georgia Revolution defender Michael Nwiloh was drafted Tuesday with the 59th overall pick by Chivas USA in the 2014 Major League Soccer Superdraft.
Nwiloh is the first men’s soccer player from Georgia State University to be drafted.
The Conyers native is a three-year member of the Georgia Revolution and formerly played at the Rockdale Youth Soccer Association. While with the Revolution in 2013, Nwiloh helped the team to a 10-9-3 overall record.
“This is a great opportunity for him.” RYSA Director of Coaching Rafe Mauran said. “I had the opportunity to meet him five years ago and he has been a great fixture in the program working with our college kid and at camps for us. He has great size and speed and he’s athletic as well. I believe he’s going to be able to combine all of those things and do well at the pro-level.
“He’s been with the Revolution for three years and he’s been integral to the success that we’ve had,” he said.
During his career at Georgia State, Nwiloh recorded nine career points while making 75 appearances for the Panthers. Nwiloh started 73 games, attempting 30 shots. The defender finished with two goals and five assists during his tenure with the Panthers.
Nwiloh was named to the 2013 NSCAA All-South Region second team after starting all 19 games for the Panthers this season.
“It’s really nice to see a kid from Conyers get a chance like this because we can go back and show out kids that they have a role model,” Mauran said. “They see that a kid from here can succeed and maybe they can as well.”
Nwiloh was a three-time region champion and four-time state qualifier at George Walton Academy in Monroe.