Jaime Siaj Pfeiffer University
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Rapids take former Real Madrid Academy striker Jaime Siaj with third round pick

Jaime Siaj was born in Madrid but arrived in the USA in the summer of 2014 to study psychology, along with his older brother, Daniel. Both players came through the Real Madrid Academy, but it is the younger sibling, Jaime who has caught the eye.

During his three seasons at Pfeiffer University in North Carolina, Siaj started 68 of his 69 appearances, in which he scored 47 goals and tallied 28 assists. He enjoyed his best season in 2016, with an impressive 19 goals and 16 assists, from only 22 appearances (all starts).

The six-foot-two-inch striker, often played as a wide player with Pfeiffer, was among the scorers as the Falcons beat Cal Poly Pomona 4-0 to claim the 2015 NCAA Division II Championship. Siaj secured Pfeiffer’s place in a first NCAA Division II men's soccer final by scoring a golden goal in a 2-1 semifinal win over Charleston.

Pfeiffer went 25-0-0 through the 2015 season, to become the first team since 1999 to enjoy a perfect record on their way to winning a first men’s soccer championship for the university. They were unable to repeat the feat in 2016, losing to eventual winners Wingate in the third round of the playoffs.

The son of Carmen Romero and Fathi Siaj, Jaime was born on December 16, 1995, and majored in psychology. He is the first player drafted by a MLS team to come out of Pfeiffer University.

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