MLS club Philadelphia Union announced today that they have signed former Aquinas midfielder Krystian Witkowski.
Only a handful of players from Section V have ever been drafted by the MLS: Webster’s Brian Bliss (Columbus in 1996), Arcadia’s Dema Kovalenko (Chicago in 1999), Livonia’s Aleksey Korol (Dallas in 2000), Gates Chili’s Yuri Lavrinenko (Chicago in 2000), Pittsford Sutherland’s Jamil Walker (San Jose in 2003) and Pittsford Suthrland’s Ian Pilarski (Chicago in 2004). Of that list, Witkowski is the fourth to sign a contract with a club. Witkowski is the first player who was born in the Rochester area to join MLS and also marks the first player from Marist College to be signed by the league.
From the club’s official press release, “Witkowski, a midfielder out of Marist College, was the 26th overall pick in the 2012 Supplemental Draft. He collected three consecutive All-MAAC First Team awards and in 2011 was named to the All-North Atlantic Region second team. In 71 collegiate games, Witkowski registered 21 goals and 12 assists, including nine goals and six assists as a junior. Prior to playing for Marist, Witkowski featured for the U-18 Polish national team.”