Kekuta Manneh taken with 4th overall selection by the Vancouver Whitecaps
“A primary purpose of the Aztex is to develop players for the next level,” said Aztex Director of Operations Ric Granryd. “To have three players drafted in the top 11, who have represented our club in our first year, is an extraordinary privilege.”
Manneh, the 18-year-old Lake Travis High School student, was chosen by the Vancouver Whitecaps with the fourth overall pick. Manneh stood out last year as a 17-year-old forward who scored 10 goals in the regular season for the Austin Aztex. Manneh earned a spot on the PDL Southern All-Conference team and was the first forward selected in the draft.
Smith was chosen by the Montreal Impact with the 8th overall pick. He joined the Austin Aztex and immediately added an extra scoring threat to head coach Paul Dalglish’s attacking system. The dangerous forward scored in the top five of every skill test during the 2013 MLS Combine. Smith, a native of Boerne, Texas, played four years at the University of New Mexico.
Powers, a central midfielder, was chosen by the Colorado Rapids with the 11th overall pick. The midfielder played all four years at the University of Notre Dame and was a two-time team captain for the Fighting Irish. In two games for the Austin Aztex in 2012, Powers led a dominant midfield and helped the Aztex outscore their opponents 13 to 1.