Philadelphia – UMBC senior soccer standouts Pete Caringi III (Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall) and Kadeem Dacres (Rosedale, N.Y./Mercer County CC) were both selected in today’s Major League Soccer SuperDraft.
Caringi, a forward, was selected in the third round by the Montreal Impact. He was the tenth selection in the round, and the 48th pick overall.
The Chicago Fire tabbed Dacres with the eighth pick in the fourth round. The midfielder was the 65th overall selection.
Each Retriever was the third selection made by their respective teams.
The 2012 and 2013 America East Striker of the Year, Caringi scored 27 goals over the last two seasons. The Baltimore native was named the Most Outstanding Player in the 2013 America East Championships and finished his career with 37 goals (fourth on the all-time list) and 91 points (fifth all-time).
Caringi earned America East’s Striker of the Year Award for the second consecutive year and became the first repeat Striker of the Year in the 12-year history of the award. The senior forward also earned America East Fans’ Choice Player of the Year honors for the second straight year.
A semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Award, Caringi produced an outstanding post-season, scoring a pair of goals and adding an assist in UMBC’s 4-0 America East championship game victory over Hartford. He scored the game-tying goal in the 77th minute in UMBC’s NCAA Second Round 2-2 double overtime draw versus U. Conn.
Dacres excelled in his two-year tenure at UMBC, which culminated as he was tabbed America East Midfielder of the Year in 2013. He scored two game-winning goals in league play and another in the league semifinals.
The left-side midfielder, shined throughout the campaign and finished third in the conference in scoring with 16 points (6 goals, 4 assists). The two-year letterwinner was a unanimous selection for America East Midfield of the Year and First Team All-Conference honors.
A second-team selection in 2012, Dacres posted game-winning goals as UMBC rallied for identical 2-1 America East victories at Hartford and Vermont. He also tallied the game-winner late in double overtime as the Retrievers outlasted Albany, 2-1, in the league semifinals.
Levi Houapeu was the most recent Retriever to receive an invitation after his senior campaign in 2011. He was selected by and signed with the Philadelphia Union in that winter’s SuperDraft. Houapeu is now playing professionally with the Baltimore Blast of the Major Indoor Soccer League.