On the second and final day of the 2018 MLS SuperDraft, Colorado Rapids Soccer Club continued their off-season overhaul with the selections of University of San Diego goalkeeper Thomas Olsen, UCLA midfielder Brian Iloski, and Grand Canyon University forward Niki Jackson.
Olsen comes to Commerce City following a standout career in San Diego. Originally a walk-on, Olsen soon took the West Coast Conference (WCC) by storm, earning Freshman of the Year honors in 2014 – an accolade which helped the Las Vegas native earn on a spot on the US National Team for the 2015 U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. A three-time all WCC selection, Olsen played every minute of his senior season, en route to career-high 63 saves.
Iloski joins the Rapids from UCLA, one of the premier collegiate programs in the country, where under head coach Jorge Salcedo Iloski enjoyed a break-out senior season, scoring a team-high 15 goals – including six game winners – while also notching three assists. In addition to being selected as an All-Pac 12 first team selection, Iloski was also named academic honorable mention. During his prep career at San Pasqual High School in Escondido, California, Iloski was the only American selected for the “Nike Chance” world tour that saw him spend five weeks training around the world with the Nike Academy, playing against the world's top-flight youth clubs, including Manchester United and Juventus.
With their final pick in this year’s draft, the Rapids selected Niki Jackson from Grand Canyon University. Jackson’s selection comes off the heels of a junior season in which the Scottsdale, Arizona native was named the Western Athletic Conference’s Offensive Player of Year. In 2017, Jackson notched 16 goals, the third-most in the country including two hat-tricks. He was also named to the conference’s all-academic team.
TRANSACTION: Colorado Rapids – January 21, 2018 – Rapids select Thomas Olsen, Brian Iloski, and Niki Jackson in third and fourth rounds of the 2018 MLS Superdraft.
Full Name: Thomas Olsen
Birth Date: February 14, 1995
Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada
Full Name: Brian Iloski
Birth Date: September 4, 1995
Birthplace: Escondido, California
Full Name: Niki Jackson
Birth Date: August 25, 1995
Birthplace: Scottsdale, Arizona