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Whitecaps Select Cole Seiler 16th Overall

The Vancouver Whitecaps have made their first selection at the MLS SuperDraft

Robert Duyos-USA TODAY Sports

The Vancouver Whitecaps have gone with defense for another MLS SuperDraft. The 'Caps went with Georgetown Defender Cole Seiler with the 16th overall selection Thursday, adding to their stable of young Center Backs, like Tim Parker and Christian Dean.

Here's some quick stats from Seiler, courtesy the Whitecaps official press release.


  • Captained Georgetown to their first-ever Big East Tournament championship in 2015
  • Three-time All-Academic Big East Conference selection
  • Started 86 of 87 appearances at Georgetown
  • Seven caps with U.S. U-17 national team

Seiler, 21, joins Whitecaps FC after four seasons with the Georgetown Hoyas of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Big East Conference.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound defender started 86 of his 87 appearances with the Hoyas, who recorded 43 clean sheets during that span, and was a three-time All-Academic Big East Conference selection.

The Whitecaps have also made their first pick of the second round, taking forward Christopher Hellman with the 29th overall pick. (2nd round, 9th overall) The German national played out of Lynn University, scoring 17 goals in 15 games his senior year.

The 23 year old is listed at 6'0 and 180 lbs, and lead the NCAA division II in goals in his sophomore season, with 28.

With the 36th overall pick (2nd round, 16), the Whitecaps kept on the offensive, taking Princeton forward Thomas Sanner. Sanner scored 32 goals in his Princeton career, and that includes 13 game winners.