Jan. 14, 2010
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Former Matador defender Chad Borak became the latest Matador selected to compete at the professional level when he was selected by the Colorado Rapids with the 40th overall pick in the third round of the 2010 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.
"It was a nerve-wracking experience watching the draft take place," stated Borak. "But it was worth it once I saw my my name and found out that I was chosen by Colorado. My dream to become a professional took place before my eyes today."
Borak is now the second Matador in the last three years to make the transition from the NCAA to Major League Soccer as former MLS Rookie of the Year Sean Franklin was selected by the Los Angeles Galaxy in the 2008 SuperDraft.
During his time at Northridge the Palmdale, Calif. native anchored one of the most feared and respected defenses in the Big West Conference, and posed a constant threat for opponents on both sides of the pitch.
In total Borak competed in 73 games, scored two goals, earned five assists, and was a key contributor on both the 2005 team that advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament and this season's squad that earned a spot in the Big West Conference Postseason Tournament.
For his success on the field, Borak was named to the 2008 All-Big West Honorable Mention team, and earned additional All-Big West honors in 2009 as he earned a spot on the conference's First Team.
"It was an honor to have him in our program," exclaimed Men's Soccer Head Coach Terry Davila.
"He worked hard every day in an effort to maximize his potential and become the best soccer play he could be. I'm thrilled for him, he deserves everything that he gets, and I am confident that he will be able to create a long and successful career in the MLS."
After a successful weekend in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida at the 2010 adidas Player Combine, Borak felt confident about his performances in front of the litany of scouts and team personnel and anxiously awaited to see the results of his efforts.
"I performed solidly in the three games that I participated in. I was able to show everyone my athleticism as a potential professional, displayed my ability to move up and down the field and succeed in the 1 vs. 1 battles that took place, and felt that my overall performance helped strengthened my case - especially as a player from the west coast since a lot of invitees came from the ACC and other conferences back east."
The newest member of the Colorado rapids will have a short amount of time to revel in, process, and digest the events that took place on draft day as Borak will begin preparing for training camp in Colorado which is scheduled to take place at the end of the month.
"Even though I have a long road ahead of me, I cannot explain how excited I feel about the events that took place today," explained Borak.
"I am just going to enjoy the events that took place today, and then get ready to work."